Rumors have been swirling for awhile that Oklahoma State has been looking for Athletic Director Mike Holder’s eventual replacement. The name most mentioned when this topic is brought up, is Oklahoma State alumnus Chad Weiberg.
Early Tuesday morning, Oklahoma State announced that it had officially hired Weiberg to serve as OSU’s Deputy Athletic Director.
Welcome home Chad!— Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) May 4, 2017
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The news isn’t too surprising, especially after Holder and Weiberg reportedly had dinner on Monday, according to Nathan Thompson of Fox 23.
While OSU isn’t saying that Weiberg was hired as AD-in-waiting, the writing is kind of on the wall. At this point it’s no longer a question of if Holder will retire, but when. Not that he was going to keep the job forever, the man was always going to have to retire one day, it just looks like that may now be sooner rather than later.
A little bit about Chad Weiberg; he graduated from Oklahoma State in 1994, and has been working in the Big 12 ever since in various roles.
His most recent role was at Texas Tech was a similar role to the one he has now. He has been in Lubbock since 2015.
At Texas Tech, Weiberg was the chief operating officer, second-in-command and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the athletics department. He also worked with Under Armour, the Red Raiders’ apparel provider, and oversaw TTU's relationship with multi-media rights holder Learfield Sports, among other things, according to the press release.
Weiberg has background in fundraising and development, similar to what Holder excels in.
"I'm grateful to Coach (Mike) Holder and President (Burns) Hargis for the opportunity to come home to OSU, join this team and be part of building on the history of success and winning that has been established here," Weiberg said. "I look forward to reconnecting with long-time friends, building new relationships and introducing my family to the great people of OSU and the Stillwater community."
Holder likes to keep the Oklahoma State alumni in power at OSU, and he is continuing this trend.
"We are excited to bring Chad back home," said OSU Athletic Director Mike Holder. "He has had success everywhere he has been. We know that Oklahoma State University means something to him. He's familiar with us and how we do things and our history, but he also brings a perspective from the outside, which will help us as we continue to explore ways to improve what we do."
Whatever happens moving forward, it’s always nice to bring a former Cowboy back home.
Welcome home Cowboy!