June 18, 1999
Bruce Hemphill, who has been at the University of North Carolina for the past eight years, has been named an Associate Athletics Director at the Unversity of Wyoming, Athletics Director Lee Moon announced Friday.
Hemphill replaces Joe Dowler who is retiring. Hemphill's appointment is subject to UW Trustee approval.
Hemphill, 43, will be responsible for facilities, special events and the sports of wrestling, men's and women's swimming, and men's golf, according to Moon.
"We feel very fortunate to be able to attract an individual of Bruce's caliber," Moon said. "He has an excellent background in athletics administration, and has been involved with some outstanding programs. When you lose an individual who is as qualified as Joe Dowler, you want to bring in the very best. Bruce is that kind of individual. He is personable, he is positive and he is enthusiastic. We are excited to have him join our program."
Hemphill has completed his eighth season at North Carolina. He joined the Tar Heel staff just prior to the end of the 1990 season as recruiting coordinator, and held that position for four years. Since then, he has been an assistant athletics director, handling football compliance as well as special administrative projects.
"I'm really looking forward to this opportunity," Hemphill said. "It is not often that one receives a chance to work with an individual like Lee Moon, or in a program like Wyoming's. Both have great national reputations. I have been fortunate to work with some major Division I programs, and learn from good people. This move is a very good one for me professionally, a dream come true. I realize I have big shoes to fill in following Joe Dowler as Associate Athletics Director, but I look forward to the challenge."
Hemphill is in his 21st season as a collegiate coach or administrator. He is a 1977 graduate of Louisiana State University where he lettered three years in football, and won All-Academic Southeast Conference honors at wide receiver. He served as a graduate assistant in 1977-78, and was the Tigers' recruiting director in 1979.
He earned his master's in educational administration at LSU in 1979. He then served as LSU's head junior varsity coach. Hemphill became the supervisor for Health and Physical Education for the Louisiana Department of Education in 1984.
Following a short stint there, he worked as an assistant coach in charge of wide receivers at Louisiana Tech for two seasons. He was recruiting coordinator at North Carolina State from 1987 to 1989. He then became the assistant recruiting coordinator at South Carolina and remained in that position until he joined the North Carolina program.
Hemphill was born on Christmas Day, 1955, in Sulphur, La., where he was an all-state prepster at Sulphur High. He is married to the former Susan Jones. The couple has three children, Jamie, 4, Hayden, 2, and brand new son Jack, five weeks.