Minot State Director of Athletics Search approaches the finish line | News, Sports, Jobs

The Minot State Athletics Department has undergone an extensive search for a new athletic director. Formerly held by Andy Carter since 2016, the position has been vacant since April 29 and the search has been ongoing since.

This week, MSU Athletics announced that its roster has shrunk as the university narrowed it down to four finalists for the job. The finalists are Brock Weppler, Kevin Forde, Dan Artamenko and Kip Meyer.

For those who have followed MSU athletics closely, Brock Weppler is a household name. Weppler has served as assistant director of athletics for development at MSU since May 2016. Prior to that, Weppler was with the Beavers baseball program for nine seasons, serving in various assistant coaching and head coaching roles.

The Beavers’ baseball program enjoyed success during his reign as head coach. In his sophomore season, he guided the team to a third-place finish in the Dakota Athletic Conference. Additionally, there were two seasons the Beavers ranked in the top 50 in stolen bases, peaking at third overall in 2009. In 2015, he helped the Beavers climb to 21st nationally in homers .

Kevin Forde brings his experience as Acting Director of Athletics at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois and as Director of Athletics at Wheeling Jesuit in Wheeling, W.Va.

It was a successful two-year run for Forde at Wheeling Jesuit. During his tenure, the highlight was the volleyball team winning a national championship, however, Wheeling Jesuit was competitive in many sports under Forde’s tutelage. Wheeling Jesuit won eight conference championships and seven conference tournament championships throughout his time there.

Dan Artamenko brings his experience and connection to North Dakota, currently serving as Athletic Director at Seward Community College in Liberal, Kan. and previously spent five years as athletic director at Williston State College.

At Williston State, Artamenko helped guide five teams to top 20 finishes in National Junior College Athletic Association polls, four national tournament appearances, and helped develop softball facilities. He has been in his current position at Seward Community College for three years.

The fourth and final nominee is Kip Meyer, who currently serves as executive vice president of Schutt Sports in Plainfield, Ind. Schutt Sports is a leading manufacturer of protective gear focused on football, baseball and softball. They are very active on the football side, with their helmets and goggles commonly worn by NFL players.

Meyer also spent time working for Adidas, where he held a variety of positions, including Director of Sports Marketing and Director of Licensing and New Business Development.

The four finalists will report to campus and be available to meet the public in an open forum setting as part of their interview process. Open Forums will be held at the Conference Center located in the MSU Student Center.

Brock Weppler will be available June 23, Kevin Forde will be available June 24, Dan Artamenko will be available June 27, and Kip Meyer will be available June 29. Each Open Forum will take place at 2:00 p.m. on designated days. .

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James T. Quintero