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David Wells

David  Wells

Position:
Special Assistant to the Athletic Director

Alma Mater:
Ole Miss 1967

David Wells has a long association with Ole Miss as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator. After retiring as the Sr. Associate A.D. for Compliance and Student Services in 2011, he returned later that same year in a part time capacity as a Special Assistant to the Athletic Director (Compliance) and teaches a section of the University's freshman orientation course.

During his administrative career at Ole Miss which began in 1981, Wells was responsible for the athletic academic support office and later became the institution's first director of compliance in 1994. He also served as the advisor to M Club (student letter winners club) for 30 years. He is a member of the National Association of Athletic Compliance (NAAC) and is a former member of the National Association of Athletic Academic Advisors (N4A). He served on the initial SEC New Coaches Orientation Committee and is currently is a member of the NCAA Div I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee, which he chairs, and the NCAA Legislative Committee.

As a student-athlete, Wells earned three letters in football and was a member of the 1963 Southeastern Conference Championship football team. He played in three bowl games including the 1964 Sugar Bowl in which he was the Rebels leading receiver. He was selected to the All-SEC Academic Team and was the recipient of the Ole Miss Chapter of the National Football Foundation's Scholar-Athlete Award. He was also a member of the Rebel track team and an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate. He holds both a B.A.Ed. in social studies and a M.S.S. in history, and has completed his doctoral course work in higher education.

After graduation, Wells was signed by the Washington Redskins and played briefly before returning to Ole Miss where he was a graduate assistant coach on two of Ole Miss' talented freshman football teams in 1966 and 1967. He entered the U.S. Army in 1968 and served on active duty for two years, the last year as an MP company commander. Upon his discharge, Wells taught social studies and coached for two highly successful years at Madisonville (KY) High School before being hired at the University of Kentucky in 1972 where he coached for five seasons. In 1976 the Wildcats were Southeastern Conference Co-Champions and defeated North Carolina in the Peach Bowl. Wells returned to Ole Miss as an assistant coach in 1977 when the Rebels defeated eventual national champion Notre Dame before moving into athletic administration.

Wells was selected as the University's Outstanding Staff member (administrative, executive and management category) in 1991; named the All-American Football Foundation's Outstanding Assistant Athletic Director in 2002; and received the M Club Alumni's Lotterhos Service Award in 2013. He also completed a 28 year career in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring as a Lt. Colonel, and was inducted into the Ole Miss Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 1998.

He is married to the former Keren Everett (BS'67) of Greenwood, and they have four children, Warren, Ashley, Matt, and Jason, three of whom received degrees from Ole Miss, and 14 grandchildren.

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