Don Julian Named Assistant Athletics Director for Annual Giving

Feb. 19, 2007


Don Julian, who has been associated with the University of Wyoming football program for the past five years, has been named Assistant Athletics Director for Annual Giving, within UW's Cowboy Joe Club.

Julian replaces Dusty Clements, who accepted a similar position at the University of Oklahoma.

Julian's new responsibilities will include the handling of all development for the club in southwestern, and northwestern Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Idaho. A UW alumnus, and a native of Kemmerer, Wyo., Julian will oversee the Club's Steer-A-Year program, and the Gift-in-Kind program, as well as work with Joe Dowler and the "W" Club. He also will act as a liaison to the Cheyenne Quarterback Club.

"This is a great thing for the Cowboy Joe Club, the University, and the entire state of Wyoming," says Josh Rebholz, Associate Athletics Director for Development. "To me Don represents what Wyoming stands for--hard work, integrity and persistence. I think the fact that he oversees the western part of the state where he grew up will pay huge dividends for the Cowboy Joe Club and UW athletics. He also is a natural to oversee our Steer-A-Year program.

Julian came to UW in 2002 as the running backs coach on then head coach Vic Koenning's staff. When Joe Glenn was named head coach on Dec. 12, 2002, Julian was the one member of the coaching staff that Glenn retained, moving him into the role of Director of Football Operations. Prior to coming to Wyoming, Julian was the head football coach at Riverton High School in Riverton, Wyo., for nine years.

"I'm excited to get back out in the state and build on the relationships I currently have, along with making new ones along the way," Julian says. "Having grown up on a ranch in southwest Wyoming, I am very excited to get back to my roots. I look forward to further engaging the agricultural community through the Steer-A-Year program."

Julian had an outstanding record as a high school coach in the state of Wyoming. During his tenure at Riverton, he led the Wolverines to four state titles. He was named the 3A Football Coach of the Year in each of those four championship seasons. Following the 2001 season, Julian was selected as the Wyoming Coach of the Year by the National Federation Coaches' Association.

Julian was a member of the Cowboy wrestling squad, and also competed on UW's rifle team. He participated in the UW honors program while in college, and earned Western Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete honors in 1988. He completed his bachelor's degree in education from Wyoming in December of 1989.

In addition to serving as head football coach at Riverton High school, Julian also served as the head wrestling coach for one year, and as an assistant for seven seasons.

Julian and his wife Jeannie have three children--Katelynn, Tyler and Emily.