Three candidates for the University of Montana Western’s athletic director position have been invited to campus for final interviews.
Each candidate will visit the campus and meet with students, faculty, staff and members of the community in the next two weeks, search committee chair Chad Baver said.
“Our next athletic director will have an excellent opportunity to build on our student-athletes’ success and to work with the UMW Foundation to create even stronger ties with our alumni and community,” Chancellor Beth Weatherby said. “There has been a great deal of interest in this position. That is a testament to the hard work and vision of everyone in the athletic department.”
Community members are invited to attend open forum meetings with the candidates on the following dates in the STC Great Room:
John Kietzmann: April 18 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Russell Richardson: April 28 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
JD Gustin: April 29 from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Kietzmann currently serves as the assistant director of athletics at Metropolitan State University. He has previously served as assistant director of athletics at Black Hills State University. Kietzmann has a bachelor’s and master’s from Colorado State and is expected to earn his doctorate from Creighton University in December.
Richardson, currently head athletic trainer and associate professor at Western, previously served as a visiting professor at Idaho State and as director of athletic training at Whitworth University. He earned a bachelor’s from Montana Western, a master’s from California State University, Fresno and a doctorate from Washington State.
Gustin is currently an assistant women’s basketball coach at Weber State. He has also served as an assistant women’s basketball coach and as director of women’s basketball operations at the University of Utah. Gustin holds a bachelor’s from Montana Western and a master’s from Westminster College.
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