Ennis Named SCF Athletic Director
(Bradenton, Fla., November 1, 2010) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) has named Matt Ennis to head SCF’s athletic department.
Ennis served as a member of SCF’s athletic department leadership team for the past five years and as acting athletic director since July 2010. He is the college’s fifth athletic director in its 53-year history.
As SCF’s athletic director, Ennis will continue his role in administering SCF's intercollegiate athletics programs, which include nationally ranked teams. Programs include women's softball, volleyball and tennis and men's baseball and basketball. The college participates in the Florida Community College Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve the college and community in a continued tradition of athletic excellence alongside dedicated coaches and staff with good character, integrity and skills who help our players succeed on and off the field,” Ennis said.
SCF’s student-athletes represent the college well, continuing a winning tradition and serving the community through participation in the recent American Heart Association Heart Walk and annual fundraisers for March of Dimes and the Arthritis Foundation.
In his role as athletic director, Ennis wants to explore expanded opportunities for students to participate in intercollegiate college sports. He noted the recent addition of the women’s tennis team as an example.
“Matt’s understanding of our student-athletes’ and coaches’ needs coupled with his leadership abilities make him the right fit for our athletic program,” said Dr. Donald Bowman, vice president of educational and student services.
Prior to SCF, Ennis taught anatomy, physiology and biology at Bayshore High School. He also served as rehab manager and athletic trainer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he assisted in the development of Sarasota County’s high school athletic training program.
Ennis is licensed as an athletic trainer and certified as a strength and conditioning specialist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1996 from Louisiana State University where he completed a sports medicine internship with LSU’s athletic department. Ennis and his wife live in Bradenton with their son.