Simpson University Announces New Athletics Director

For Immediate Release


Tom GalbraithREDDING, Calif. - Simpson University is pleased to announce the hiring of Tom Galbraith as director of athletics. He will begin duties July 1.

Galbraith currently serves as the assistant director of athletics for communications at Radford University in Virginia and has worked as an assistant commissioner with the Southwestern Athletic Conference at the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I level. He also served as an assistant athletics director at Alabama A&M University, among other colleges.

He brings more than 20 years experience in college sports administration, including roles as a head coach, sports administrator, sports information director, communications director, and classroom instructor.

“We are excited to have Tom join the team and become part of Red Hawk nation,” said Dr. Mike Loomis, associate vice president for Student Development. “I believe his knowledge, experience and passion will move us to greater heights throughout the athletic department.”

Galbraith earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies and sports administration from Simpson College in Iowa, where he also played basketball and golf, earning a most valuable player distinction in golf. He obtained a master’s in education administration from North Dakota State University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Virginia.

“My family and I are ecstatic about the opportunity at Simpson and are looking forward to calling Redding home,” Galbraith said. “It became obvious to me in the interview process that Simpson athletics is at the cusp of not only continuing the Red Hawk traditions of athletic, academic, and community service excellence, but also truly moving the needle in marketing the department and its mission throughout the community and region.”

As Simpson University’s director of athletics, Galbraith will oversee staff members, coaches and 12 intercollegiate sports teams (men’s and women’s soccer, cross-country, golf, and basketball; women’s volleyball and softball; and men’s wrestling and baseball). Simpson University has dual membership in the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) and the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association).

“Our student-athletes are the lifeblood of the department, and it is our job as administrators, coaches, and staff to give them every opportunity to be as successful as possible, both on and off the field of play,” Galbraith said.

Galbraith and his wife, Janelle, have three daughters.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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