Waters served as the senior associate director of athletics at CNU since 2010, and took over as interim athletic director in the summer of 2012 for one year.
Some of his essential responsibilities included budget coordination, facilities and operations, human resources, sport supervision and coordination of NCAA post-season bids and tournament management. Waters assisted with new media initiatives, including the expansion of live streaming in both quality and quantity. He worked closely with CNU’s athletic development staff to develop revenue streams including sponsorships, licensing and facility rentals. Waters successfully cultivated relationships with community sports populations, which led to increases in rental revenue for the past five years. His duties also included the oversight of academic services and student success, including academic compliance.
Waters replaces Dr. Jack Toms as head of the Lynchburg athletic department. Toms retired on June 30 after 26 years of serving as the director of athletics and helping the Hornets capture over 100 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) championships.
“Jon impressed us as a man who could build on the Jack Toms’ legacy, both personally and professionally,” said Dr. Julius A. Sigler, the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs. “His experience with Division III athletics and the regions in which we compete and recruit from will be a big bonus. We welcome Jon to the Lynchburg community.”
As a student-athlete at CNU, Waters was a part of the 1990-91 men’s basketball team that advanced into the NCAA Tournament’s “Sweet 16” for the first time in school history. After his playing days, Waters joined the staff as an assistant coach and spent 19 seasons on the bench. The Captains posted an overall record of 379-145 during that time, and along the way, CNU played in 13 NCAA tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 five times and the Elite Eight in 2000-01. During the 2011-12 academic year he served as the interim head women's basketball coach leading the team to a 22-6 record and regular season conference championship.
“I want to thank Lynchburg President Kenneth Garren, The Board of Trustees, Dr. Sigler and the search committee and staff for this opportunity to join the Lynchburg community,” said Waters. “I am honored and humbled to have the chance to build on what Dr. Toms and the athletics staff has done to make this a special place. We will work as hard as humanly possible every day to make the Lynchburg family proud.
I have enjoyed competing in this region during my career as both a coach and administrator. Having been in the USA-South Athletic Conference and the Capital Athletic Conference has given me a broad perspective and respect for how competitive Division III athletics is in the region and what it takes to be successful at a very high level. Lynchburg is blessed with a supportive administration, great coaches and committed student athletes and that makes a very attractive environment to work in. I look forward to continuing the incredible work that Dr. Toms and others have done to position Lynchburg where it is within the ODAC.”
Waters earned a bachelor's degree in Leisure Studies and Physical Education from Christopher Newport University in 1991. He received his master's in Educational Administration from George Washington University in 1998.