Briscoe to Return as Grace’s Director of Athletics

By  Josh Neuhart

A familiar face will return as the Director of Athletics at Grace College. Chad Briscoe will make his reemergence at the helm of the Lancers’ athletic department starting mid-summer.

Briscoe, before recently serving as the AD at Mooresville High School for two years, led Grace athletics from 2007-2011.

“Our family is very honored and excited for the opportunity to return to Grace. I look forward to the continued pursuit of Christian excellence through athletics that has been such a great tradition at Grace College,” Briscoe said. “I am committed to assisting all 15 of our athletic programs to continue to build success through the athletic and academic experience at Grace. I look forward to once again working with the coaches, students, campus and community that make Grace such a special place to serve.”

During his tenure at Grace, Briscoe was honored as the conference’s Athletic Director of the Year in 2010.

Under Briscoe’s guidance, student-athlete aid at Grace increased substantially. He also raised funds for a press box and scoreboard at Grace’s softball diamond, a pristine team room for the volleyball team and a remodeled coaches’ office at the Gordon Recreation Center.

“I want to thank Dr. Manahan, Dr. Katip and Dr. Swanson for the opportunity to serve through leading the athletic department at Grace College,” Briscoe continued. “There is a strong commitment by the college administration to continue building athletic success and for the athletic experience to assist students to grow spiritually, academically, socially and athletically. My family and I look forward to once again being a part of the campus community.”

Before he accepted his position at Mooresville, Briscoe secured Grace College as the host for the NCCAA Division I National Championships for men’s and women’s basketball from 2012-2014 – the first time the NCCAA has held both championships at the same venue.

Briscoe also arranged Grace’s first Big 10 basketball game in school history when the Lancers played Indiana University at Assembly Hall on Nov. 4, 2009.

“It’s exciting to welcome Chad back to Grace as director of our athletic program. Chad’s abilities with developing coaches, enhancing programs, and marketing athletics are among many of the strengths he brings to the position,” said Grace Vice President for Academic and Student Services Jim Swanson. “Chad is a leader in bridging the greater Warsaw community and Grace’s athletic program, and we are looking forward to his return.”

While at Mooresville, Briscoe oversaw a $100,000 project for the school’s softball fields. He also secured a three-year sponsorship from St. Francis Hospital for the athletic department as well as directed improvements at the school’s tennis courts, baseball field, weight room, football and track building, basketball gym and soccer field.

“We appreciate the impact that Chad has made on the lives of people of Mooresville Schools and the greater Mooresville Community,” said Mooresville Superintendent Brad Lindsay. “Chad showed us the way, the truth and the life to the glory of Jesus during his time at Mooresville. We are thankful for Chad and his family and their significant sacrifice, service, and contributions through athletics and beyond. We respect Grace College for bringing Chad back to the helm of athletics and wish Chad and Grace College all the best as they pursue their mission to the glory of the Lord.”

Before his first stint at Grace College, Briscoe was the assistant athletic director and head assistant men’s basketball coach at Geneva College. He also spent two years on the men’s basketball staff at Ball State University.

Briscoe went to school at Anderson University where he was a standout basketball player. He continued his basketball career overseas, playing professionally in Sweden.

He has also been involved in upper management for professional baseball, working with the Texas Rangers’ minor league system from 1998-2000. He served as the General Manager for the Pulaski Rangers in the Appalachian League.

Briscoe received a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1996 and a master’s degree in sport administration from Ball State in 2006. He and his wife Jamie have two daughters, Kate and Kinley.