LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Wayland Baptist Athletic Director Greg Feris is stepping down after 24 successful years of turning around Wayland Baptist athletics.
When Feris took over as athletic director in 1990, there were only six varsity sports offered at Wayland Baptist. Today there are 21, including football (2012), baseball (1992), men and women’s soccer (2009) and wrestling, among many others.
It isn’t only the expansion of the athletic department that sets Feris' tenure apart, the success has been impressive as well. Feris has overseen seven team national championships along with 97 individual national champions. There have been 828 All-American honors and over 2,000 Wayland Baptist team wins under his leadership.
Feris is in the NAIA and Sooner Athletic Conference Hall of Fame.
“It wasn't just Greg Feris,” Feris told KCBD sports during his retirement reception. “it was a variety of different people that had the foresight to give me a little bit of room to allow some things to happen. Plainview has come to mean so much to us through the years. Wayland has adopted us and the team approach that we take around here has seemed to work day in and day out with our administrators, faculty and staff and athletes. It's been a special day.”