Myra Sims is in her eighth year as Director of Athletics at Emory & Henry College and her 32nd year in college athletics. Hired in March of 2010, Sims is the first full-time administration-only athletics director in the College's history.
During the summer of 2017, Sims was appointed by College President Jake Schrum as Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management. While her day-to-day focus will be with E&H's enrollment team until the next permanent vice president is hired, she will remain closely involved with athletics as the College continues to place more emphasis on extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.
As Director of Athletics at E&H, Sims oversees all 20 intercollegiate athletic teams, is responsible for a staff of over 40 coaches, administrators and staff, manages all athletic facilities and facility improvements, coordinates all athletic fundraising in conjunction with the College’s Advancement Office and is responsible for compliance with NCAA and ODAC regulations.
During her time at Emory & Henry, Sims has succeeded in making the head coaching posts of the cross country and swimming teams into full-time positions. The College has also completed the James H. Brooks Field House and made other significant improvements to Fred Selfe Stadium as well as a renovation of Porterfield/DeVault Field, the home of the Wasps' baseball program and the College's softball field. Under her direction, the College has also seen the addition of the Intermont Equestrian teams, men's golf & women's golf, men's swimming and competitive cheerleading & dance.
Prior to coming to E&H, Sims served for 24 years as Head Women’s Basketball Coach and later as an Assistant Director of Athletics at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Sims led the Eagles to NCAA Division III Sweet 16 appearances in 1995 and 1997 and compiled 204 wins in 15 seasons as the program’s first-ever coach. Sims also served as the Head Volleyball Coach at Emory for three seasons (1987-89), also creating the program from scratch.
After 16 years at the helm of the Eagles' women's basketball program in the spring of 2003, Sims hung up her whistle and moved into an administrative role in the Emory athletic department. She served as Assistant Director of Athletics for two and a half years before being promoted to Associate AD and Senior Woman Administrator. In January of 2007, Sims was named Senior Associate Director of Athletics, a post she held until coming to Emory & Henry.
While an administrator at the Atlanta, Georgia, school, Sims oversaw construction and improvements to many of the Eagles’ athletic facilities, including a $10 million expansion of Emory’s Woodruff P.E. Center. She was also a major player in formulating operating policy for each of the University’s 18 varsity sports, managing the department’s multi-million dollar annual budget and NCAA compliance. Sims even served as Interim Director of Athletics during the summer of 2007.
After graduating from UNCA, Sims served as the Head Volleyball and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach for two seasons (1982-84) and the 1983-84 Bulldog women’s basketball team won the NAIA National Championship.
Sims served as the President of the National Association of Division III Athletics Administrators (NADIIIAA) for two years and also served on the NCAA Convention Planning Sub-Committee. She also became a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame selection committee in 2013.
In 2016, Sims became a member of the selection committee for the Jostens Trophy, which recognizes the top male and female basketball player in Division III based on excellence in the classroom, on the court and in the community. The first female recipient of the award was one of Sims' players from Emory University, Alicia Moore.
Sims received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UNC Asheville in 1981 and completed a master’s degree in recreation administration at Georgia State University in 1997. A native of Hiltons, Virginia, Sims attended Gate City High School. She now resides in Abingdon.