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Is Jay Hinrichs our new Athletic Director?

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Brandon Krisztal ‏@BK1043 52m With @GTribSports reporting that A.D. Jay Hinrichs re-signed, I imagine speculation will begin that he's headed to Boulder...

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    Jay Hinrichs was the AD at Northern Colorado.

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    In eight years as the Director of Athletics at the University of Northern Colorado, Jay Hinrichs has reshaped the historic and tradition-rich profile and advanced the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics into NCAA Division I membership for all 19 sport programs and athletic-support departments while instilling a Championship Culture at Northern Colorado and an eye for the future of the Bears.

    Hinrichs was named the Director of Athletics on August 23, 2004. Since his hiring, Hinrichs has directed the NCAA reclassification and certification process to Division I, added the men’s cross country and indoor track and field programs for men and women, while securing membership in the Big Sky Conference and other conference affiliations. He has also led two facility renovation and expansion projects totaling $31 million.

    Eye-popping athletic and academic facility upgrades and renovations have been a staple under Hinrichs. Included in a 2005 student-fee funded $16 million facility expansion and renovation project were seating and scoreboard improvements to Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion, the reconstruction of historic Jackson Stadium and the addition of a state-of-the-art Field House for the baseball and women’s soccer programs, the renovation of Butler-Hancock Athletic Center – including new tennis courts, a field house, new lighted synthetic and natural-grass practice and intramural sports fields, the construction of a new indoor climate controlled Practice Center for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball and a new east side Plaza Concourse and a 2,500 seat expansion for Nottingham Field.

    Opened in August 2010, the Butler-Hancock Athletic Center expands and improves the Home of the Bears into one of the best student-athlete facilities in the Big Sky. This $15 million project includes significantly expanded academic areas, including six new classrooms, five new meeting rooms and a new Student-Athlete Academic Success Center, with computer lab and two seminar rooms. Also included in the project is a new and four-times larger strength and conditioning center, with new custom-built strength-training equipment, the new Dan Libera Athletic Training Center, featuring a Hydroworx cold plunge pool and 16 new team rooms. Highlighting the project is the first Northern Colorado Athletics Hall of Fame and Sports Museum.

    Hinrichs secured membership in the Big Sky Conference for 14 sport programs in July 2006, while softball joins the league for 2012-13. He followed with affiliate memberships in the America Sky Men’s Golf Conference, Western Athletic Conference for swimming & diving and membership in the Great West Conference for baseball. Bears wrestling secured membership in the Western Wrestling Conference as it formed in 2006.

    The athletic exploits of the Northern Colorado student-athletes are small when compared to their academic accomplishments. Northern Colorado has led the Big Sky Conference in graduation rates each of the last four seasons and women’s basketball, volleyball, swimming & diving and the men’s golf teams were honored by their respective coaching organizations for team grade point averages.

    In 2011-12, Northern Colorado had 115 student-athletes earn academic all-conference honors in their respective sports. Three student-athletes were also named to the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District teams with Sari Little (track & field), Mason Puckett (football) and Kirstin Salminen (soccer) all earning honors.

    Challenged with growing the Department of Athletics budget to match the new Division I classification, the annual budget and increases in athletic program support has grown to more than nine million dollars. This growth is highlighted by the nearly $3.2 million for athletically related financial aid provided to Bears student-athletes in the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Fundraising has also undergone an expansion to include components to Major Gifts, Special Events, sport-specific gifts, endowments, capital gifts to improve and maintain athletic facilities for the demands of tomorrow and the Blue and Gold annual fund.

    Head coaching hires and multi-year retention packages include Lyndsey (Benson) Oates, who led the volleyball Bears three-straight Big Sky Championships, B.J. Hill, who led the men’s basketball program to its first-ever NCAA Tournament, Jaime White, who led the women’s basketball program to its first-ever Big Sky Championship and Mark Montgomery, who in his first year at Northern Colorado was named Co-PCSC Coach of the Year in softball.

    Before coming to Northern Colorado, Hinrichs worked at the University of Kansas and before that served 18 years in three senior-management positions for the Kansas City Royals Baseball Club, including Director of Stadium Operations, Assistant General Manager and Vice President for Ballpark Operations and Development.

    Hinrichs has served the community as a board of directors member and Chairman of the Board of the Kansas and Western Missouri affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation and as a Board member of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge. He was on the advisory board of Imaging Solutions Company in Wichita, Kansas, prior to his move to Northern Colorado.

    He recently completed his third term on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Weld County and has been appointed to the organization’s Executive Council and was recently named to the NCAA Academic Cabinet.

    As if that is not enough, Hinrichs has also worked to host external athletic events and championships on campus at the University of Northern Colorado, such as the Colorado State 1A boys and girls basketball championships, several league basketball and track and field championships and the Colorado State 3A baseball championships.

    Hinrichs earned a bachelor’s degree in personnel administration and psychology (1980) and a master’s in business administration (1983) from the University of Kansas.

    He is married to the former Julie Miller of Cedar Falls, Iowa, a dialysis nurse in Greeley, and their son Jared is 14 and attends Northridge High School in Greeley.
     
  2. buffaholic

    buffaholic Club Member Club Member

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    me thinks
     
  3. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

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    And he's better than Bohn how?

    Seriously, nothing against the guy, but if you're going to fire Bohn, you better have somebody in mind with a more impressive résumé than this guy.
     
  4. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/6890612-113/hinrichs-unc-university-athletics

    University of Northern Colorado Athletic Director Jay Hinrichs has resigned. In a letter to the university employees this afternoon, UNC President Kay Norton said Hinrichs “is ready to move on to the next stage of his career and is working with me on the best way to smooth that transition for our Athletics Department and University. Nonetheless, I know this was a difficult decision for him.” Hinrichs has been the UNC Ad since 2004 and oversaw the university’s transition into Division I and the Big Sky Conference. “We’ve built a strong foundation for UNC Athletics, and I am ready for … To read more, subscribe to the Greeley Tribune
     
  5. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    Sounds like the Tad hiring.

    From a small Colorado school. Check
    Went to Kansas. Check

    Has he ever killed a bear with only his hands?
     
  6. fatbuff

    fatbuff Well-Known Member

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    Hate to look outside the I25 corridor. Seriously, we need a new administration. I have already donated more to Mesa State than my alma mater. Tim Foster could teach these douches a thing or two about growing a University.
     
  7. HotRack

    HotRack Rez BubbleHead Club Member

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    But we did look outside I-25. It's a US 85 hire!
    FMR. If true.
    Seems that for an AD hire we could at least look nationally.
     
  8. The Ogre

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    Where? Not that it necessarily has much to do with the issue.
     
  9. boydbuff

    boydbuff Club Member Club Member

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    I hope it is not him. His profile is not bad but I agree nothing in it is better than Bohn and doesn't really meet the qualifications that have been discussed for the next AD. Certainly no guarantee whatsoever it is him. In fact, I doubt it is because they were still forming the search committee. No way they have formed the committee, conducted a search with interviews and already made an offer.
     
  10. wsp4820

    wsp4820 Sally Club Member Junta Member

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    Rectum?
     
  11. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    They are both from UNC. They have less than half the enrollment of CU. What am I missing?
     
  12. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    MAybe Dr. Phil just wanted an AD who did not have better hair than him. Seriously, this is bush league. If it is this guy, the national search was pure PR BS. They had this guy pegged befpore they fired MB. CU couldn't find a nut at the Planter's factory...unbelievable.
     
  13. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    noooooooope
     
  14. Liver

    Liver modded mod Club Member Junta Member

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    We will see.

    ABC*




    *anyone but ceal
     
  15. absinthe

    absinthe Ambitious but rubbish. Club Member Junta Member

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    WAIT Bohn wast driving the I-25 hires? WTF I've been lied to.
     
  16. HotRack

    HotRack Rez BubbleHead Club Member

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    FMR = **** me running
     
  17. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Found this photo of Tad from when Hinrichs hired him in 2006:

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  18. SuperD

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    Well at least UNC manages to run a program with 4 more sports than us...including baseball. That alone should say something about how things are done at CU, especially when you compare budgets.

    I will probably be done with this administration and give up hope of things getting better until Dr. Phil is gone if this is true. I mean if you need to revitalize a CFB program why wouldn't you go for a guy who's experience with a BCS program is the only other BCS football program arguably as inept as us, and who has pro experience with Royals (gotta have experience with minimizing fan expectations...right Phil?)

    That said...if you want to keep Tad happy, hiring the guy who gave him his first shot at a HC gig might be the way to do it.
     
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  19. CarolinaBuff

    CarolinaBuff Weekend Poster Club Member

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    Unfortunately this sums it up well. This borders on comical if true.
     
  20. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    I was never a major Bohn fan, but if we was removed for Jay Hinrichs...

    This is exactly the type of hire CU would make with their "national search".
     
  21. KingPants

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    Has the I-25 hires failed us? Byz got us bball facilities and some good talent. Tad speaks for himself. Lappe is doing pretty good. Who am I missing? Just cause the guy is local doesn't mean he can't get it done.
     
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    To be fair the possibility of a Calhoun hire that everyone was so up in arms about probably would have turned out better than Embree as well...though that's a pretty low bar to clear.
     
  23. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    You're missing the soccer coach from Metro State & Wyoming (Sanchez) who coached us to .500 last year after we went 5-13-2 the year before. So far, we're undefeated in the spring friendlies too.

    I know we bitch about the "I-25" hires, but I'm having trouble finding fault with it beyond the perception issue.
     
  24. BuffaloSoldier76

    BuffaloSoldier76 Unsound Meat Club Member

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    Who are you missing? Jon Embree.
     
  25. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Embree doesn't count. He wasn't working on the Front Range.

    I have major issues with the "CU Legacy" hires, but haven't found cause to take issue with the "I-25" hires.
     
  26. Quattro

    Quattro Banned BANNED Club Member

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    I'm still expecting it to be Rick George
     
  27. Duff Man

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    Fine by me.
     
  28. MtnBuff

    MtnBuff Not allowed in Barzil 2 Club Member

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    One big advantage is that he does at least know the area.

    We are obviously looking at completely different numbers of dollars and a much higher profile publicly and in the media but if it is Hinrichs he will at a miminum be familiar with working in the political climate. He will also have had dealings with a lot of the non-alum sponsors and other money people who would be potential money sources. He has worked with many of the media outlets and knows the area.

    Again on a whole different scale but he has directed major facility improvements and generally their teams in various sports are doing better and at a higher level that they were when he came on board.

    I would have liked to see a wider search as well but if it is him he is a better choice than we certainly might have gotten from Phil and his stooge crew
     
  29. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    His son goes to Northridge? That means they're "ghetto." Don't want
     
  30. leftybuff

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    We'll probably end up with Susan George.
     

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