UW-Whitewater announces finalists for athletic director position

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Gazette staff
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WHITEWATER—Five people are in the running to become the new athletic director at UW-Whitewater, which demoted its previous athletic director last year. 

Randy Marnocha has filled in for former Athletic Director Amy Edmonds since last fall.

The five finalists, announced May 19, are:

-- Todd Garzarelli, senior associate athletic director for external affairs at State University of New York at Buffalo.

-- Mark McHorney, director of athletics/associate dean of students at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

-- Steven Schofield, deputy director of athletics/external operations at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

-- Jason Verdugo, director of athletics at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

-- William Weidner, vice president for institutional development and director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Resumes for all candidates are available on UW-W's website.

McHorney and Garzarelli will hold open forums later this week in Summers Auditorium in the University Center. McHorney is scheduled for 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Wednesday and Garzarelli for the same time Thursday, according to UW-W's website.

Verdugo, Schofield and Weidner already have held open forums on campus, according to the website.

UW-W spokesman Jeff Angileri said in an email he expects the search process to be complete by late June.

Officials have not said why Edmonds was demoted. UW-W spokeswoman Sara Kuhl said last fall that Edmonds' demotion had nothing to do with a lawsuit filed by former wrestling coach Tim Fader against her and former Chancellor Richard Telfer.

The lawsuit alleges Edmonds and Telfer did not renew Fader's contract in retaliation for his reporting a sexual assault to police before reporting it to the university. The suit is still open.

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