Aug. 4, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman announced on Thursday thatRandy Welniak, a former Cowboy Joe Club Executive Director and former Cowboy Football team captain, has been hired as UW's new Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development and Revenue Enhancement.
"We are extremely excited to bring Randy (Welniak) back home to UW Athletics," said Burman. "His previous accomplishments with the Cowboy Joe Club and as a player at Wyoming are well documented. He will lead our fundraising and ticketing staffs as we strive to achieve our previously established goals of growing our membership to 5,000 Cowboy Joe Club members and reaching $4 million in ticket revenue. He will work closely with me and the UW Foundation to help us in our next round of capital campaigns, endowment programs and estate planning. He will also play an important role as a liaison to our many constituents around the region.
"There is no other individual we could have hired who possesses the combination of athletics leadership and passion for Wyoming Athletics that Randy does. The relationships he has developed through the years with Wyoming fans and donors will be invaluable in maintaining the momentum we've built in our fundraising over the past several years. I know our fan base will be as excited about this announcement as I am."
Welniak currently serves as the Senior Vice President for Wyoming State Bank in Laramie.
"I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to work with Tom (Burman) again and be part of the UW Athletics program," said Welniak. "It is going to be difficult leaving my position at Wyoming State Bank, but working in this type of environment over the past five years has helped me gain a tremendous amount of business experience.
"In addition, having the opportunity to work at Fresno State and Illinois State will also help me bring a different perspective to my new position at UW.
"I am really looking forward to working with everyone at UW as well as the outstanding fans across the state of Wyoming."
Welniak originally joined the University of Wyoming's Cowboy Joe Club staff as a development officer in 1995. He later was promoted to Executive Director of the Cowboy Joe Club, serving in that role for three years. In 2000, Welniak was elevated to the position of Associate Athletics Director for External Operations where he oversaw marketing, ticket operations, development and broadcast services from 2000-02. Also during his time at his alma mater, he was part of a team that successfully raised $9.4 million to build the Rochelle Athletics Center.
Welniak moved to Fresno State as Associate Athletics Director for External Operations in 2002. From 2002-05, he supervised six sports at Fresno State, as well as many administrative areas and was directly involved with the building of the $5 million Ricchiutti Academic Center, the Duncan Building expansion project and the development of Fresno State's strategic plan. He was a driving force in the opening of the Save Mart Center, guiding the department's transition team and serving on the Grand Opening Ceremony Committee.
In July 2005, Welniak accepted the position of Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at Illinois State University, focusing on overseeing fundraising efforts for the Redbirds.
He and his family returned to Wyoming in 2007 when he joined the staff at Wyoming State Bank.
Welniak enjoyed an outstanding football career as a quarterback at Wyoming that culminated in the Cowboys winning the 1988 Western Athletic Conference Championship and Welniak being named the `88 WAC Offensive Player of the Year. He helped lead the Cowboys to an 11-2 record, a Top 10 national ranking and the 1988 Holiday Bowl. He was named to the College Football Association (CFA) Scholar-Athlete team as a senior. Welniak won the 1989 Stan Bates Award, given annually to the WAC's top scholar-athlete, and was presented with an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. He earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Wyoming in 1988 and an MBA in 1989. After graduation, Welniak spent six years working in the corporate sector. He was inducted into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.
He and his wife, Wendi, have two sons, Craig and Michael, and three daughters, Katie and twins Emma and Heidi.
Welniak replaces Josh Rebholz, who recently accepted the position as Associate Athletics Director for Development at UCLA.