Cowboy Joe Club Announces the Hiring of Former Wyoming Basketball Player Justin French

Sept. 5, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

The Cowboy Joe Club, the fund-raising organization for University of Wyoming Athletics, announced on Wednesday the hiring of Justin French as Development Officer. Cowboy fans will remember French as a four-year letterman for the Wyoming Basketball team from 1997-2000.

French will oversee all donor relations in Southwest and Northwest Wyoming, including the counties of Sweetwater, Fremont, Park, Carbon, Uinta and Washakie. In addition, he will coordinate all Cowboy Joe Golf Series events and the Cowboy Joe Club Auctions.

"I'm very excited to be back at the University of Wyoming," said French. "I loved my time here as a student-athlete. Now, I can't wait to start my new role of raising money for our current student-athletes' scholarships. To be able to give back to the University that provided me with so many opportunities is a great feeling."

"The hiring of Justin French was the best thing that could happen for the Cowboy Joe Club and its 4,000 members," said Josh Rebholz, Associate Athletics Director for Development. "He truly bleeds Brown and Gold, and I think he will do a wonderful job fundraising for student-athlete support.

"Anytime you have a former student-athlete, like Justin, raising money for their alma mater, I think you have put yourself in a great position for success. We look for Justin to do great things, and know that he will help the Cowboy Joe Club reach its goal of raising $3.3 million annually.

"We are extremely pleased with the staff that we have put together in the Cowboy Joe Club. The leadership of Keener (Fry) and Justin will pay dividends for the quality of service we offer our donors, and I believe that donors will be excited with their membership and the benefits it brings."

French graduated from UW in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in education. He achieved Mountain West Conference Scholar Athlete recognition at Wyoming in 1999 and 2000, and was a co-captain of the Cowboy Basketball team both his junior and senior seasons. Originally a walk-on from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colo., French earned a scholarship and quickly became a fan favorite. During his college career, he played in 112 games for the Cowboys. While at Wyoming, French was part of teams that earned bids to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1998 and 1999.

Following graduation, French served as a pharmaceutical sales representative for six years throughout Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Most recently, he was a real estate broker associate with The Group, Inc. in Fort Collins.