Moon Announces Changes in UW Administrative Staff

Dec. 17, 2002

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

University of Wyoming Athletics Director Lee Moon announced Tuesday that he has made two changes in his administrative staff.

Moon announced that Tom Turchetta has been named an Associate Athletics Director in charge of the football program as well as men's and women's track, and cross country; men's and women's swimming; men's and women's golf, and wrestling. He also announced that Matt Wildt has been elevated to Assistant Athletics Director in charge of special events and facilities. He will continue to oversee the UW ticket office operation.

Both changes are subject to UW Trustee approval.

"We're excited to be able to offer Tom an opportunity to join our staff," Moon said. "He is personable and capable, and is a valuable asset to the University, and to the state. Adding responsibilities for Matt seemed to be a logical fit. He has worked hard, grown in our porgram, and earned the additional duties."

Turchetta had been coaching at the collegiate level since 1979. Prior to coming to Wyoming, he coached at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) as a linebacker coach. He went to UTEP from the University of Pittsburgh where he was an assistant to Johnny Majors from 1993 through 1996.

In 23 previous seasons of college coaching, he served as an assistant coach at Kentucky (1979-81); East Tennessee State (1981-82); Kentucky State (1983-84); Temple (1984-85); Memphis (1986-89); UTEP (1990-91); Pittsburgh (1992-96) and UTEP (1996-99).

A graduate of the University of Miami in 1973, Turchetta was an outstanding player there. He later completed his master's degree in educational administration from LaVerne (Calif.) College, in 1977. He and his wife Deborah have one dog, Cody.

Wildt joined the UW ticket office staff as assistant manager in August of 1997. He assumed the duties of ticket manager in October, 1997. He came to UW from Marshall University, where he was administrative assistant to the Director of Athletics, and also the interim ticket manager.

A native of Parkersburg, W. Va., Wildt earned his bachelor's degree in Sports Management and Marketing from Marshall in 1994. He earned his master's degree in Sports Administration and Management in 1996, also from Marshall. He and his wife, Pam, who is UW's head women's tennis coach, have one daughter, Paige.