Rich Aubrey is in his 30th year at Milligan. He served for 27 years as the women’s basketball coach and then another two and a half years as campus minister. One constant throughout his tenure has been teaching. He served as full-time faculty in Education and has also taught courses in Humanities and Exercise Science. He continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Education.
In August of 2022, it was announced that Aubrey would assume the role of Interim Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean at the beginning of 2023.
Aubrey earned a BA in 1985 and MEd in 1993 from Milligan, and previously served as the Director of Teacher Education for Milligan. He also completed his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 1998 from East Tennessee State University. Before coming back to work at his alma mater, he taught and coached for 8 years in local school systems.
As a basketball coach at Milligan, his teams won over 500 games, 11 Conference championships, and six Conference Champions of Character Awards. Aubrey was named Conference Coach of Character in 2006, 2013, and 2020. He was honored as the NAIA’s National Coach of Character in 2013.
Aubrey, a former tennis player at Milligan, coached the women’s tennis team for one season (1993-94) and later guided the men’s team to four conference Champions of Character awards (2001-02; 2002-03; 2003-04; 2005-06), coaching the men’s team from 2001 to 2006.
Aubrey and his wife, Sheri (nee Whattenbarger, Milligan class of 1985) , live in Johnson City, Tennessee and attend Crossroads Christian Church. They have two daughters, Erin and Amy, both Milligan graduates.