CHICOPEE, Mass. — Dr. Michael Theulen has been selected to lead Elms College athletics as the department’s next Director of Athletics, Elms College Dean of Students Teresa Winters announced.
“Mike is an experienced leader in NCAA Division III athletic administration,” Winters said. “We are excited about the next phase for our athletic department, for the college, and for our student-athletes. We want to provide our student-athletes with an exceptional Elms Experience in the classroom and outside the classroom. We look forward to Mike leading that initiative with our talented athletic department.”
“I am looking forward to serving as the next Director of Athletics at Elms College,” Theulen said. “I would like to thank President Dumay, Dean of Students Teresa Winters, and the search committee for this outstanding opportunity. It is an honor to be a part of the Elms College community and the Blazers Athletic Family. I very much look forward to working with our outstanding Athletics Staff and STUDENT-athletes to assist them in continuing to create a well-rounded experience that is representative of the values and the ideals of Elms College. I cannot wait to get started as this institution has a very bright future!”
Dr. Theulen most recently served as the Director of Athletics at nearby Western New England University for 19 years. During that time, he also served two stints as the school’s head men’s basketball coach (2004-08, 2011-15).
Western New England captured 63 combined conference championships under Theulen’s direction, including 30 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) titles and 22 Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) crowns and made 51 NCAA appearances. The Golden Bears also accumulated 42 All-Americans and 18 Academic All-Americans during Theulen’s tenure.
Theulen holds a Doctor of Physical Education from Springfield College, a master’s degree in Physical Education Administration from the University of South Dakota, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Coaching from Keene State. Prior to working at Western New England, he was a faculty member in physical education and a coach at Springfield College.
He is the son of the late Glenn Theulen, former mayor of Perry. His mother, Sharon, still resides in the community.