DeWayne Cupples built the Wesleyan athletic program into one of the best in the state. Now he'll try to do the same in Mississippi.
Cupples has accepted the athletic director position at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Ridgeland, Miss.
"It's back home. That's where my wife is from and it's a good opportunity to get back home," Cupples said. "The school is very similar to Wesleyan with its strong academics and athletics."
Marc Khedouri, the dean of students at Wesleyan since 2000, will take over as the school's athletic director.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity," Khedouri said. "I feel honored to follow in the footsteps of Will Jackson and DeWayne Cupples as athletic directors. I'm inheriting a great athletic program."
Cupples came to Wesleyan in the fall of 2002 after spending 17 years at Jackson Prep in Mississippi.
Wesleyan won 18 state titles under Cupples and two Director's Cup championships. Prior to Cupples taking over as athletic director, Wesleyan had won four state titles in its history.
Wesleyan had its best athletic year during the 2007-08 season, winning five state championships. The school was recognized as the top athletic program in Georgia by Sports Illustrated, which also ranked it No. 16 in the nation.
"Wesleyan made it easy for me with a great group of coaches and players," said Cupples, who plans to leave for Mississippi before the end of the semester.
This is the first athletic director position Khedouri has held, but he does have experience in athletics. He was an assistant football coach at Westminster for 13 years and is an assistant on Wesleyan's football team. He also spent seven years as a professional hockey referee, including a brief stint in 1993 with the NHL.
"I'm very grateful and humbled by this opportunity," Khedouri said. "I'm looking forward to it and this is a special place."
Name: Marc Khedouri
New position: Athletic director at Wesleyan
Former position: Dean of students at Wesleyan
Education: Graduated from North Springs High School in 1981; graduated from Oglethorpe University with bachelor's degree in history; graduated from Liberty University with master's degree in counseling
Background: Has been the dean of students at Wesleyan since 2000; also has served as counselor and assistant football coach; spent 13 years at Westminster as assistant football coach; was a professional hockey referee for seven years, including a brief stint in the NHL in 1993