Howard Payne promotes Wilson to Assistant Director of Athletics

Story courtesy: HPU Sports Information

Howard Payne University Director of Athletics Hunter Sims announced today the promotion of John Wilson to Assistant Director of Athletics for Internal Operations.

John Wilson joined the Howard Payne athletic staff as the Director of Compliance and Business Operations in August of 2019. John has overseen the athletic department’s NCAA compliance and business operations which includes reporting, accounts payable, and budget oversight.

“Since day one, student well-being and service to our department have been John’s number one priority,” said Hunter Sims HPU director of athletics. “With the amount of business and day to day responsibility John encumbers, he displays an immense amount of leadership to our department.”

John will now take on expanded responsibility and oversight of the compliance and business operations as well as responsibilities of special projects and events within the athletic department.

“I am thankful and humbled for the opportunity and look forward to the endeavors that lay ahead for HPU athletics and the student-athletes.”

John Wilson came to Howard Payne with extensive experience in game day operations, sports communications, marketing and promotions as well as having served as a Texas high school coach and assistant athletic director and an area Fellowship of Christian Athletes Director and sponsor.

Sims added, “John provides guidance in regards to NCAA compliance and internal operations. He is a major asset to myself and the department with his unique skill set. He is a great man of faith and is committed to the HPU Student-Athlete experience.”

John is also presently pursuing a Doctorate Degree in Sports Management from the United States Sports Academy and holds a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas.

John is an avid triathlete, competing in over 100 triathlons over the last 17 years including 21 Ironman races over the last ten years. He was named an All World Gold level (top 1% age grouper) triathlete, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 and a USAT Triathlon All-American 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

John is married to Kimara and they have three grown children, Avery, Camden, and Brevin.

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