Interim no more: Edmonds selected as UW-Whitewater AD

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Coming off a historic day in college athletics, UW-Whitewater decided to leave well enough alone.

UW-Whitewater Chancellor Richard J. Telfer announced that Amy Edmonds would become the school’s athletic director after serving as the interim director since Aug. 22, 2013.

“After completing a national search, I believe we have found an outstanding candidate to lead one of the NCAA Division III’s premier programs,” Telfer said.

Edmonds took over as interim athletic director when Paul Plinske accepted the athletic director position at Nebraska-Kearney on Aug. 14. Plinske had been the UW-Whitewater athletic director since 2004.

With Edmonds serving as interim, the baseball, men’s basketball, football and women’s gymnastics teams all won national titles. The baseball team clinched its title Tuesday, giving the school titles in football, men’s basketball and baseball in the same school year, an accomplishment never achieved by any other school.

Seventeen Warhawk teams earned berths in national tournaments, and 10 finished in the top five.

“I believe her leadership not only on our campus but within the WIAC and the NCAA will greatly benefit Warhawk athletics,” Telfer said.

“It’s an incredible honor,” Edmonds said of the position. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff inspire me. Their hard work and dedication is behind our tradition of excellence.”

Edmonds, a UW-Whitewater alumna, was hired in 2004 by Plinske. She moved into the position of compliance and student services in 2007.

“Being a part of the Warhawk family is important to me and my husband and daughters. We have been a part of this community since 1994 and it is our home. I’m excited about taking on a new leadership role on campus and in the community,” Edmonds said.

Edmonds’ husband, Nelson Edmonds, an academic adviser in the campus Academic Advising and Explorations Center, served as a Warhawk assistant football coach from 1994 until 2013.

The Edmondses have two daughters and make their home in Whitewater.

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