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NDSU's Goergen among 7 under consideration for AD position

FARGO — The search committee responsible for screening applicants for the athletic director position at North Dakota State made its first move on Tuesday morning. The list is down to seven.

And there is going to be no wasting time in moving to the next step, said search committee chair Jane Schuh.

“We’re on speed mode,” she said. “We want to get somebody in here as soon as possible.”

The seven in contention are: David Crum, senior associate athletic director at Colorado State; Troy Goergen, senior associate athletic director at NDSU; Rick Hartzell, former athletic director at Northern Iowa; Matthew Larsen, senior associate athletic director at Stony Brook University (N.Y.); Tim Mooney, associate athletic director at Idaho; Jeff Tingey, athletic director at Idaho State; and Stephen Watson, athletic director at St. Bonaventure University (N.Y.).

The hope, Schuh said, is to bring between two to four candidates to Fargo for on-campus interviews. NDSU President Dean Bresciani has the final call as to the hire. The committee will forward an unranked list of strengths and weaknesses of each candidate to Bresciani.

“The search committee is one big aspect of it because it’s seeing this thing all the way through,” said Schuh, assistant dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources at NDSU, “but he’ll get other input as well.”

Schuh said the committee followed the job description in trimming a list of 23 candidates.

“I think we have the potential of some really nice fits,” she said.

She said the committee will spend this week doing reference checks and “will regroup after that” to do phone interviews.

“We’ll see if the pool changes after that,” Schuh said. “From there, we’ll decide who to bring to campus.”

NDSU is looking for a successor to Gene Taylor, who resigned to accept the deputy director to athletics position at the University of Iowa. Prakash Mathew, who just retired as the vice president of student affairs, is acting as the interim athletic director.

Schuh said the committee is following one of Taylor’s strong attributes in connecting with the student-athletes.

“We want to know how they interact with the students,” she said.

Jeff Kolpack
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