Chris Kingston was hired August 30, 2010, as Senior Associate Director of Athletics at NC State University, and was elevated to Executive Senior Associate Director of Athletics within one year.
Kingston is directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of the football and men's basketball programs. Additionally, he oversees external initiatives, athletic branding and multimedia rights. Other areas of supervision include NCAA compliance, student services and media relations. He serves as the athletics department's liaison to the Wolfpack Club and serves on the Intercollegiate Athletics Cabinet.
"Chris Kingston is a high-energy, focused professional, who enjoys achieving," said Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow said. "He will strengthen the efforts of our senior staff by adding his experience and passion for athletics to all we pursue for Wolfpack athletics."
Kingston came to NC State from the U.S. Military Academy, where he served four years as the Associate Director of Athletics for Operations before becoming the Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics/Director of Annual Giving.
Kingston's most recent position at West Point included handling of the daily operations of the Army A-Club. He directed the Army Athletic Association's annual fund-raising campaign. He also worked with each of the department's 25 Division I intercollegiate teams with regards to their specific fund-raising accounts.
Also in that capacity, he organized the Athletic Director's Tailgate and the home and away football donor events. He helped integrate premium courtside and rinkside seating at basketball and hockey, respectively. With direct oversight of the ticket office, he led the transition of a multiyear agreement with Paciolan as the Athletic Association began to streamline customer service with digital ticketing. Kingston was part of the association's external operations team, which helped to synchronize the ticket office, Army A-Club and marketing efforts.
Other day-to-day business for Kingston included sport supervision for the golf, gymnastics, men's soccer and rifle teams. During his time at West Point, he served as a member of the NCAA Rifle Committee.
Kingston is a 2010 graduate of the Executive Program of the Sports Management Institute and attended instruction at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business and the University of Texas's McCombs School of Business. He also attended the Division 1A Athletic Director's Institute in 2010, a "by invitation only" gathering of the most talented intercollegiate professionals.
Kingston was instrumental in several recent coaching hires at the Army Athletic Association. He planned, organized and executed searches for head football, men's basketball, men's soccer and men's golf coaches. Kingston was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army's Military Intelligence Corps upon graduation from the University of Central Florida in May 1994. He retired from the U.S. Army in September 2009.
In addition to picking up his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Central Florida, Kingston earned his master's degree in leadership development and educational counseling from Long Island University prior to his initial assignment to West Point.
Kingston and his wife, Stephanie, a native of Whiteville, N.C., have four children: Lakin, Christopher Jr., Luke, and Mackenzie.