Tabor College tabs Ziesemer as new A.D.

Tabor College has selected Martin “Marty” Ziesemer as its new athletic director. He will take the reins from interim athletic director, Shawn Reed, July 8, 2019.

Ziesemer comes to Hillsboro from Salem, Ore., where he works for Whelan Event Services. He works closely with Oregon State University in event management, helping to provide a positive fan experience. Ziesemer has a Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University – Irvine.

While working at Corban University, Ziesemer was the head women’s soccer coach and received multiple coach-of-the-year honors. When active in coaching soccer, he ranked in the top 10 in wins among NAIA women’s soccer coaches. His teams reached post-season play and placed in the top half of the conference in 18 of his 20 seasons.

Ziesemer also served as Corban’s vice president for enrollment management from 2006-2013. He was responsible for five departments with a staff of 40 employees. Among his accomplishments were increasing enrollment and net tuition revenue by developing an athletic scholarship-leveraging program that helped to consistently increase institutional enrollment during his time there.

“In researching Tabor’s philosophy and vision, it became clear that we would appreciate being part of the college and its surrounding community,” Ziesemer said about his decision to apply at Tabor.

As for his vision for Tabor College athletics, Ziesemer said teamwork will be a key element to build on an already strong athletic tradition.

“I am excited to come alongside the coaches and athletic staff to help mentor and build them up with encouragement, challenge and faith development,” Ziesemer said. “In line with my coaching philosophy, I desire coaches to lead with confidence, let them do what they do best and help them become the best coaches they can be.”

Rusty Allen, executive vice-president for operations, said, “Marty brings significant leadership experience in athletics and enrollment management. The combination of having been a coach as well as a vice-president at a Christ-centered institution of higher learning uniquely qualifies him to not only lead our athletic department, but to serve on our operational leadership team.”