Conspiracy theorists, or simply reporters like me that try to add up two plus two, will look this weekend at the new job listing for Oklahoma State University and think that this must be that "athletic director in waiting position" that was reported this week by Tulsa World sports columnist Bill Haisten and then in trying to play "catch-up" was speculated by The Oklahoman sports columnist Berry Tramel to be Oklahoma State alumnus, former OSU athletics employee, and current Texas Tech deputy athletic director Chad Weiberg. The question that crossed my desk this weekend is whether the new job listing is the start of an "athletic director in waiting" process or is it simply a position being hired to replace an outgoing or retiring employee.
Now, it may truly be the publicized AD in waiting that was bantered about this week, but, in my opinion, on the surface it looks like it is the position to replace Dave Martin, who I've been told is retiring from the Oklahoma State athletic department and will turn 69-years-old this August. Martin's current position in the athletic department is listed as deputy director of athletics. His previous job title had been senior associate athletic director, but in recent years the department has named several of their executive employees as senior associate athletic directors and Martin's title was changed.
Jason Lewis has the title of executive senior associate athletic director and oversees business and finance. In alphabetical order the other senior associate athletic directors and their area of expertise are: Kevin Fite (compliance); Kevin Klintworth (communications); Jesse Martin (external affairs); Brandon Meyer (legal counsel); Larry Reece (development); Marty Sargeant (gameday operations); and Kyle Waters (facilities).
Honestly, and yes, I would say I probably have bias here. We all do. I've known Kevin Klintworth a long time and I can say he is extremely dedicated to collegiate athletics and is an Oklahoma State alumnus. He has come up through the athletic media relations branch, but is very educated in the overall operations of an athletic department and especially in dealing with coaches on different fronts. I consider him a great resource of all information regarding athletics. He has been to places like Kansas State, Northern Arizona, San Diego State, and Cal-Berkeley, so he has seen the inner workings of a number of athletic departments.
I also think that Larry Reece is an answer as to who could be the next athletic director at Oklahoma State. Reece is also an Oklahoma State alumnus and is one of the fastest relationship builders that I have ever met. He has done so much in the way of fund raising and building long lasting relationships with vital alumni. He also has a great knowledge of how the department works, not from outside Oklahoma State experience, but from years on the inside starting as a student when he first began doing public address in both Gallagher-Iba for the women's team and then eventually the men's basketball and in the Lewis Field for football.
I understand the interest in outside candidates such as Weiberg, an ace fundraiser at Kansas State, and Wren Baker, who has risen from small college athletics at Rogers State to athletic director at the University of North Texas.
Baker was operations director for Eddie Sutton's basketball team at OSU and then became the youngest principal in Oklahoma at age 26 in his hometown of Valliant. He was also athletic director there. He left to be athletic director and basketball coach at Rogers State and his only season as coach he want 20-11 before giving up coaching to concentrate on administrative duties. After Rogers State then he was athletic director for two years at Northwest Missouri State. He was at University of Memphis as deputy athletics director for external affairs and then on to University of Missouri as deputy athletic director and then eventually the interim athletic director before going to North Texas.
Weiberg is a product of the outstanding Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State and was a record setting fund raiser at Kansas State and has been the object of future athletic director positions at Kansas State and other schools. He is currently at Texas Tech and has ample responsibility with athletic director Kirby Hocutt at Texas Tech serving as the chairperson of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
There are two other athletic directors in the state of Oklahoma that have deep Oklahoma State ties in longtime Oral Roberts University athletics director Mike Carter and University of Central Oklahoma athletic director Joe Muller. Both are Oklahoma State graduates. Carter is a lawyer that worked in sports and business law. Muller came through television and went from on-air talent to being an executive before working in athletics departments at Oklahoma State and Purdue before becoming the AD at Central Oklahoma.
Now, below is the job listing by Oklahoma State and if it is simply the position that will be left vacant by the retirement of Dave Martin then it makes sense. If it is for the athletic director in waiting that will be the next to lead Oklahoma State athletics then it could be very interesting because the hiring supervisor listed on the job listing is Mike Holder. That would mean that all the publicity of this week may not be as urgent as it seems and Holder is not in the business of showing his successor around the facilities.
Those interested in becoming deputy athletic director need at least a bachelor's degree, 10-years or more of experience in a major college athletic department, and a Master's degree is preferred. You can see below if you have the qualifications to be in contention or consideration.
|Position Title:||Deputy Director of Athletics|
|Position Type:||Staff Full-Time|
|Hiring Supervisor:||Mike Holder|
(Contingent upon available funding):
|Work Schedule:||Work schedule will extend beyond regular office hours of 8 am to 5 pm
Monday to Friday, as needed to complete responsibilities. Travel is
required in the performance of this job.
|Faculty Appt Period:||NA|
|Special Instructions to Applicants|
|EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE|