The current Keydet Club staff has over 50 years of combined development experience, and is proud of their accomplishments in support of VMI athletics and the Institute’s cadet-athletes and coaches. The staff of the Keydet Club over sees the fund raising efforts in support of VMI’s Division I athletic program. Accordingly they are responsible for generating support for athletic scholarship and athletic operations through annual and endowed giving.
The Keydet Club coordinates numerous events and initiatives throughout the year in support of their mission. While the VMI Keydet Club is a “small shop” the support they receive from alumni, parents and friends of VMI is unparalleled in comparison to conference and other institutions in the state of Virginia.
Chief Operating Officer
Hailing from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Meade King has served VMI on many levels. After graduating as a Modern Languages major in 1985, King served as the Assistant Director of Admissions and an instructor in Spanish. He then joined the VMI Alumni Association as an executive assistant to the executive vice president. In this position, he was responsible for the New Cadet Recruiting and chapter relations.
He served as the Admissions Director at Christchurch School in Middlesex, Virginia and, from 1995 to 1998, as the Associate Dean of Admissions at Hampden-Sydney College. King returned to VMI in order to join Reveille: A Call to Excel, a campaign that raised more than $205 million between 1998 and 2004, and he rose to be its manager.
King then became the Assistant Headmaster for Development at the Virginia Episcopal School. Over the next ten years, he directed a major fundraising campaign, revamped the school’s stewardship efforts, and instituted the school’s Founders Day as a major annual event.
He rejoined the VMI Foundation as a major gifts officer in 2014, just as An Uncommon Purpose was about to kick off its public phase and enjoyed great success in that role. In February 2018, King assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer of the VMI Keydet Club, a member-supported organization providing an opportunity for the Institute’s NCAA cadet-athletes to become educated and honorable graduates.
Douglas “Doug” P. Bartlett was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended C.W. Baker High School in Baldwinsville. Doug graduated from S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo in 1970 with a High School Teaching Degree in Mathematics. Doug was a four-year starter on the Geneseo lacrosse team, and led the team in scoring multiple years while garnering All-League honors. Doug spent over thirty-five years coaching lacrosse, including his final twenty-one years as the Head Coach at VMI.
He was the Director of the Division One North-South Collegiate Senior All-Star Game for ten years, and held the honor of coaching in the North-South game twice. Doug’s 1992 VMI Lacrosse Team earned a special recognition being ranked in the Top 25 in Division One lacrosse, only the fourth time in VMI history for a sports team to achieve that honor. Doug retired in the Spring of 2006 ranked 13th among active coaches in career wins.
He immediately joined the Keydet Club staff, and currently is the Vice President. He and his three daughters Jessie, Kelsey, and Maiah currently reside in Lexington.
Assistant Vice President
Andrew Deal '12 is a native of Chester, Virginia where he attended L.C. Bird High School. Andrew graduated from VMI in May 2012 with a bachelor's degree in economics and business. A beneficiary of the Senator Elmon T. Gray '46 Annual Scholarship, he was a member of the baseball team for four years at VMI and a team captain his first class year. He was also a cadet liaison to the Athletic Department and was a 2012 class campaign fundraiser.
Andrew joined the Keydet Club staff in August 2012 as a Development Officer. He was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 2015. He currently resides in Lexington.
Office Manager and Executive Assistant
Kelsey Cosh, a native of Houston, Texas, joined the Keydet Club in October as Office Manager and Executive Assistant. She is coming to us from Indiana University as the former staff assistant for their football team. Kelsey was a four-year scholarship student-athlete at the University of Houston where she earned her BS in Sports Administration. Following her time at Houston, she also received her MS in Sports Administration from Texas A&M University. Kelsey resides in Lexington with her husband Billy Cosh who is currently the Wide Receivers coach for the VMI football team.