SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — It’s the great debate for every future home buyer: fixer upper or move-in ready. But for Roanoke College, it’s a custom-build as the school tries to build a college football program from the ground up. And it’s no easy feat for Maroons’ athletic director, Curtis Campbell.

The new AD made an appearance Monday night at the Roanoke Valley Sports Club and has hit the ground running since taking over the position in July.

Roanoke College hasn’t had a football program since 1942 and Curtis says the school is on track to compete in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in the fall of 2025.

One of Campbell’s first priorities is hiring a head coach. And after sifting through over a hundred applicants, he plans on announcing a hire in November.

“It would be nice to have someone who has familiarity with this region and with this area. That’s familiar with the high schools and stuff. That can hit the ground running as far as recruiting because we’re going to be starting from scratch,” Campbell said. “And I think a strong personality like somebody who can get folks even more excited than they already are about football.”

Campbell says he’s working to secure space for locker rooms and training facilities. Games are set to take place at Salem Stadium.