Moon Announces Position Changes, Additions

Oct. 3, 2000

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Three new additions to theathletics staff, and one position change have been announced by Universityof Wyoming Athletics Director Lee Moon.

All four of the position announcements are subject to UniversityTrustee approval, Moon said.

Randy Welniak, who for the past six years has been with the CowboyJoe Club, has moved to Associate Athletics Director for External Operations, according to Moon.For the past two years the former Cowboy quarterback was the Club'sExecutive Director. Welniak replaces Tom Burman who resigned his positionto become athletics director at Portland State University.

"Randy has done an outstanding job as director of the Cowboy JoeClub," Moon said. "Under his supervision our annual giving has increasedeach year. For Randy, this is the next essential step in his career paththat will help prepare him to become an athletics director."

A native of Ord, Neb., Welniak was a three-time football lettermanand one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Wyoming history. He wasWestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1988. He earned abachelor's degree in finance (1988) and an MBA degree (1989) from theUniversity of Wyoming.

Moon said that John Stark, a Wyoming native and UW graduate, willreplace Welniak as Executive Director of the Cowboy Joe Club and AssociateAthletics Director. For the past 11 years Stark has practiced law atJackson, Wyo. He earned his bachelor's degree from UW in 1986, and hisJuris Doctor in May of 1989 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.Stark was admitted to the Wyoming State Bar in September of 1989.

From September of 1989 through November of 1999, Stark worked in thelaw offices of Lawrence B. Harnett at Jackson. In December of 1999, hejoined the Teton County Attorney's Office at Jackson, and served as civildeputy attorney for Teton County. He has been a member of the board ofdirectors of the Cowboy Joe Club since 1996.

Moon also announced that Jared Newland has been named as adevelopment officer for the Cowboy Joe Club. Newland replaces Steve Gosarwho left the position to return to school to earn a master's and work withthe Wyoming men's basketball program. Newland is a 1995 graduate ofWyoming, where he earned a degree in communication. For the past two yearsNewland has been tour manager for the Sears Trophy, as an account executivefor the GEM Group in Chicago, Ill.. He began his career as a mediarelations specialist at Wyoming, in 1995.

Newland worked at the University of Tulsa's media relationsdepartment, and in that same department at the University of Texas at SanAntonio and at Utah State University. In his capacity on the SearsCollegiate Champions Program for Sears, Roebuck and Co., he was involved inmarketing and promotions of the Sears/AFCA National Champion Football andSears/NABC National Champion Men's Basketball Trophies.

Moon also announced that Amy Potter has been named AssistantCoordinator of Marketing and Promotions. Potter replaces Kelly Sullivan whowas named Director of Development at Northern Arizona. Potter, who earned abachelor's in Physical Education and Sports Management from Keene (NH) StateCollege, comes to Wyoming from a computer firm in Denver calledPlanetClick.com. In her capacity there she handled public relations for TheWeb Discovery Tour.

Prior to that assignment, Potter was involved in various publicrelations positions in Atlanta, Ga., and in the Denver area.

"These are four outstanding individuals, and we are extremelypleased to have them in our program," Moon said. "Randy has been a valuableand vital member of our department for a number of years. We are excited tohave attracted individuals of the caliber of John, Jared and Amy. I amproud of our department staff, and feel confident that these positions arein excellent hands. They are all high-energy people who I believe willrelate to our Wyoming fans as well as represent our University and athleticsdepartment in the best possible way as they continue to tour the state eachyear."