Gene Renfro named Director of Compliance at Lees-McRae
Aug 13, 2012
BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Gene Renfro has been named
the new Director of Compliance at Lees-McRae College, announced
Director of Athletics Craig McPhail.
“I am excited to have someone like [Gene] Renfro with his
experience in college athletics,” expressed McPhail.
“He will be a great asset to our staff, and I look forward to
watching Gene build our compliance department.”
Renfro brings a tremendous amount of experience in collegiate
athletics to Lees-McRae, having served as the first full-time
sports information director at fellow Conference Carolinas member
King College from 2009 to 2011.
During his tenure at the Bristol, Tenn. school, Renfro served as
the primary media contact for King’s 22 intercollegiate
athletic programs, playing an integral role in the College’s
transition from the NAIA ranks to the NCAA Division II level, while
publicizing King’s first two NCAA II national championship
“I am honored to be selected to this position within the
Lees-McRae College intercollegiate athletic department,” said
Renfro. “I look forward to this opportunity to work with the
athletic administration, coaching staff, campus personnel and
others in the compliance field. I also want to thank Craig McPhail
for this opportunity to work in the Bobcats’ athletic
Prior to his arrival at King, Renfro served as the assistant
sports information director at Union College (Ky.) for two years.
While at Union, Renfro functioned as the primary contact for 14 of
the Bulldogs’ intercollegiate athletic programs, as well as
the secondary contact for the football, women’s basketball,
bowling, and baseball teams.
Renfro’s career in college athletics began at Milligan in
the fall of 2001, where he spent his undergraduate years as a
student assistant and intern in the sports information office, as
well as a student assistant coach with the baseball program. After
graduation, Renfro returned to Milligan as the College’s
sports information director and director of men’s basketball
operations during the 2005-2006 season.
A native of Johnson City, Tenn., Renfro has recently served as a
sports writer with the Johnson City Press, Elizabethton Star and
tricitiessports.com, as well as working on the game day staff at
East Tennessee State University as an instant replay official.
Renfro holds a Master of Art degree in physical education from
East Tennessee State, and a Bachelor of Science in communications
from Milligan. The Carter County product has also been nominated
for inclusion in the inaugural class of the Carter County Sports
Hall of Fame for his service to the County and surrounding