A former LSU football standout, Verge Ausberry was promoted in July 2019 to the position of Executive Deputy Director of Athletics and Executive Director of External Relations for the University. In his Executive Deputy AD role, Ausberry is responsible for formalized planning and processes for the athletic department and daily operations.
In addition, he also serves as the sport administrator for the football and men’s basketball programs and departmental liaison for the Tiger Athletic Foundation, multi-media rights holder LSU Sports Properties and the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
Ausberry serves in a dual role as Executive Director of External Relations for the Louisiana State University System. He assists the Office of the President in external and governmental affairs.
Professionally, the 2021-22 season marks his 20th year of employment in the LSU Athletics Department. Ausberry started as an intern in the compliance office, then became an academic advisor for student-athletes. His final step before moving into administration was as a development officer with the Tiger Athletic Foundation.
Ausberry has overseen significant achievements in the classroom, and on the playing fields. Over the past decade, Ausberry’s responsibilities broadened, moving from Associate Athletics Director to Senior Associate Athletics Director in 2006, and to Deputy Athletics Director in 2015. In addition to football and men’s basketball, he previously served as the administrator of LSU’s prestigious track & field program. Ausberry also oversaw corporate relations, marketing, game management, student-athlete life skills, sports medicine & research, strength & conditioning, equipment and other units during that time period.
Academically, Ausberry earned his bachelor of science in education in 1990. While earning his undergraduate degree, he emerged as a standout on the playing field. As the middle linebacker on the football team, Ausberry was a four-year letterwinner and leading tackler on defense for two years. That success led to two SEC championships and four bowl game appearances for LSU.
Ausberry earned his master of education in 1992 and his specialist in higher education administration in 2004. He is presently a doctoral candidate in higher education administration. Ausberry also remains committed and involved in an array of personal and professional development programs. He is highly recognized inside and outside of collegiate athletics, serving on many boards and committees, both locally and nationally.
In 2018, Ausberry was recognized as the LSU National L Club Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.
Ausberry, a native of New Iberia, Louisiana, is married to the former Cheri Morial of New Orleans. They have two sons, Austin and Jaiden.