March 14, 2001
Go to the Chat
WACO, Texas - On Wednesday, March 21 at 2 p.m. CT, Baylor Director of Athletics Tom
Stanton will make a special visit to the ESPN.com moderated chat room to
talk about the state of the Baylor athletic department, the progress of
various athletic facilities under construction, and more.
Now in his fifth year as director of athletics is Tom Stanton, a former Bear
basketball standout and business leader whose enthusiasm, vision and
leadership skills have helped Baylor hold a strong position in America's
Baylor president Dr. Robert B. Sloan Jr. named Stanton Baylor athletic
director Feb. 23, 1996. The 49-year-old Stanton came to Baylor in July 1995
as the director of
athletic marketing and promotions following a 22-year career with Word Inc.,
an international Christian communications company.
Stanton holds bachelor's and master's degrees in business from Baylor. He
lettered three years in basketball and two in baseball. He finished his
basketball career at Baylor in 1972 with 954 points. He won the team's
Hustle Award three consecutive years, and as a junior he was second on the
team in scoring behind all-America William Chatmon.
Since coming to Baylor, Stanton has guided the athletics deparment through
an unprecendented period capital improvements. Baylor has spent $28 million
on new and renovated construction under his leadership.
Recent projects include the state-of-the-art facilities for baseball,
softball, soccer, and tennis, as well as a Floyd Casey Stadium press box
with luxury suites. Previous renovations have included upgrading of the
Hart-Patterson Track Complex to among the best on-campus track facilities in
the nation, switching to SportGrass inside Floyd Casey Stadium and the
addition of a turf practice field for the football team.
While putting Baylor on par with the nation's finest from a facilities
standpoint, Stanton has also gone to great lengths to make the Bears
competitive from a coaching perspective. He has hired such
nationally-renowned individuals as football coach Kevin Steele, men's
basketball coach Dave Bliss and women's basketball coach Kim
Stanton won't be stopping by until 2 p.m. CT Wednesday, but feel free to fire off your questions here. We'll save them until he gets here.