Weidner Named Athletic Director at WSU

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University announced today that William J. Weidner has been selected as the new athletic director for Wildcat Athletics.

Weidner, athletic director at The University of Texas-Pan American since 1998, emerged from a national search that included more than 45 candidates.

"Bill is an outstanding individual with a demonstrated track record of success," said Norm Tarbox, vice president of Administrative Services and chair of the search committee. "He will be a great addition to our Wildcat Athletics team."

"I am very appreciative of having been afforded the privilege of being named as the director of athletics at Weber State University," said Weidner. "The Wildcat Athletic program is among the premiere athletic programs in the Big Sky Conference. WSU student-athletes have consistently excelled in both the academic and athletic arenas. I look forward to working with President Millner, vice president Tarbox, our coaches, athletic administrators, student-athletes as well as all campus and community constituencies as we continue to lay a strong foundation upon which to build future successes."

Weidner brings 25 years of experience as a coach and administrator to Weber State Athletics. During his tenure at UTPA, he rebuilt a program that had spent much of the previous decade on NCAA probation. Under his leadership, the UTPA athletics program earned full NCAA Certification and saw student-athlete GPAs climb from 2.40 to 2.92. Fifty one percent of UTPA student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA during the past year and 74 percent of all UTPA scholarship student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility have graduated in the past decade. The program also was recognized with an inaugural USA Today/NCAA Foundation Academic Achievement Award for finishing in the Top 10 in student-athlete graduation rate above the student body average.

During Weidner's six years at the school, UTPA has experienced tremendous growth in attendance at sporting events, ticket revenue and athletic department fundraising.

Weidner joined UTPA following a three-year stint as director of intercollegiate athletics at Ashland University (1995-1998). Ashland claimed three consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference All-Sports President's Cups as the top athletic program in the conference during Weidner's tenure. Overall, the program earned 17 conference team championships and the football team won its first ever Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference Championship in 1997 and went to the NCAA playoffs. During those three years, Ashland Athletics ranked 11th, 16th and 22nd nationally in the USA Today/Sears Director's Cup points race and had 171 All-Americans, 30 Academic All-Americans and 12 national champions.

His previous experience includes seven years as assistant athletic director at Southern Methodist University (1988-1995).

In addition to his career as a sports administrator, he served as an assistant football coach at Ohio State University (1985-86), Stanford University (1983-85), Murray State University (1986-88, 1982-83), Southern Connecticut State (1981-82) and the University of New Haven (1980-81).

Weidner earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from Springfield College and a master's degree in physical education from Stanford University.

Weidner will assume his new duties at WSU in early November.

The AD position has been open since July when John Johnson accepted a position as senior associate athletic director at Washington State. Former Wildcat athletic director Dutch Belnap has served as acting athletic director in the interim.

Norm Tarbox, vice president of Administrative Services

801-626-6003 · ntarbox@weber.edu

John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu