OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University Athletics Director William J. Weidner announced his resignation today to accept the role of Deputy Athletics Director at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
In announcing his decision, Weidner said that the UCF position presented the perfect combination of proximity to family as well as professional challenges. The news comes just five months after Weidner arrived at WSU in November.
Norm Tarbox, vice president of Administrative Services, has named Jerry Graybeal to serve as interim athletic director. Graybeal, who joined Wildcat Athletics in 1998, has worked as Special Assistant to the Director of Athletics since November, after stepping down as head coach of the Wildcats football team.
"We are very fortunate to have someone of Jerry's caliber in house, who can step in and provide direction and leadership for Wildcat Athletics," Tarbox said.
"I'm very appreciative of having had the opportunity to serve as the Director of Athletics at Weber State University," Weidner said. "Weber State is an outstanding institution and it has been a privilege to be a part of Wildcat Athletics and the Ogden/ Northern Utah community."
"However, the dynamics have changed on the home front back East since my arrival at WSU. My parents have always been there for me, and this opportunity allows me to be there for my dad while tackling new professional challenges," said Weidner.
Weidner's responsibilities will include overseeing the day-to-day operations for UCF's NCAA Division I-A program as it moves into Conference USA this fall.
"I wish Weber State University nothing but the best and the Wildcat Athletics program continued success," Weidner said.
Weidner's accomplishments included several personnel moves, including the hire of Ron McBride as head football coach and naming a new athletic compliance officer. During his tenure, Wildcat Athletics saw a rise in ticket sales for the upcoming football season, including sky boxes and club seats. In addition, women's basketball set a school record for season attendance, while the men's basketball program led the Big Sky Conference in attendance for the tenth consecutive year. Groundwork also has been laid regarding new community involvement initiatives and partnerships for the upcoming academic year.
Weidner was named AD in September, after WSU conducted a national search that included more than 45 candidates. He came to Wildcat Athletics after spending six years as Athletics Director at The University of Texas-Pan American. Prior to UTPA, Weidner was Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Ashland University (1995-1998).
Tarbox said the university plans to open a national search for a new athletics director this summer.