Caston Hired as Compliance Director

FAYETTEVILLE -- Former Arkansas fullback and athletic department graduate assistant Marvin Caston is returning to Fayetteville.

Arkansas announced Caston, who worked at South Florida the past three years, was hired as its director of compliance Thursday. He will begin June 1.

"Marvin learned a great deal working in compliance while he was here and has gained a tremendous amount of experience at South Florida," said Arkansas senior associate athletic director Derrick Gragg, who has handled compliance the past four years. "He went there as an assistant and was promoted after his first year. He's familiar with our office and still knows many of our student athletes and coaches, which will lead to a smooth transition.

"We're very happy to have Marvin come back to Arkansas."

Caston, who played for the Razorbacks from 1996-99, worked in the business and compliance offices as a graduate assistant before accepting a full-time position at South Florida. He was South Florida's compliance assistant in 2003, but was promoted to compliance coordinator and held the position for two years.

Caston maintained day-to-day operations of South Florida's compliance office, served as the liaison between the athletic department and the office of financial aid and oversaw all student-athlete employment opportunities.

Arkansas athletic director Frank Broyles said the position filled by Caston was created at the recommendation of a compliance firm, which was hired to analyze the athletic department's personnel. The firm suggested an additional employee to take responsibilities off Gragg, who has handled compliance along with numerous other duties including athletic marketing and sports information departments, Arkansas' spring sports programs, and the strength and conditioning program.

Gragg also oversees the department's spirit squads coordinator.

"(The firm) thought, since Derrick does so much as senior associate athletic director, we could help him with the management of other sports," Broyles said. "One graduate assistant was not enough. So we created a position for (Caston).

"In the time he's been here, (Gragg's) had every assignment in the athletic department from marketing to recruiting to spring sports. He has a lot of assignments now, but has them all under control. (Compliance) won't take as much of his time as it did before. But he still will oversee the compliance."

Broyles said Caston's addition will free up Gragg to concentrate on other duties in the athletic department.

Caston, a Winnsboro, La., native, earned his bachelor's degree in social work in 1999 and was a member of the Southeastern Conference's Academic Honor Roll his senior season. He also earned his master's degree in adult education in 2002.

He served as the Chairman of the "A" Club Membership Drive and was co-director of the Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education (APPLE) Program. He also is a member of the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators and South Florida's Black Faculty and Staff Association.

Caston is married to the former Tommi Williams. They have a son, Thomas Marvin.

"I think it's always great if we can hire somebody who has an Arkansas background and love for the university," Broyles said. "That's a good partnership."

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