WHEELING, W.Va., Aug. 7, 2017 -- Wheeling Jesuit University has hired an experienced athletic administrator, Rudy Yovich, as its new director of Athletics.
Yovich will start his new position Sept. 5 - a post that has him overseeing 20 men's and women's sports at WJU. He comes to Wheeling Jesuit from Defiance College in Ohio, where he served as its director of Athletics since 2014.
“Rudy brings a wealth of experience in athletic administration to our university. His 15-plus years of experience in athletic operations, sports information and marketing will be a great benefit to WJU and all our student-athletes. Most importantly, he believes in WJU's mission to develop men and women for life, leadership and service,” said Dr. Debra Townsley, WJU president.
Wheeling Jesuit's mission, Yovich explained, “aligns with my core values as an athletic administrator. It is exciting to see that academic excellence and service are key factors for all students at the university. That, along with the growth potential of the athletic department moving forward, are why I wanted to join the Wheeling Jesuit community.”
At Defiance College, Yovich was responsible for overall leadership of the school's 18 intercollegiate programs and over 300 student-athletes. During his time at Defiance, significant initiatives included a departmental apparel deal with Nike, and the development of a multi-million dollar athletic facility improvement project. Also, Yellow Jacket student-athletes continuously achieved a departmental grade point average (GPA) of more than 3.0.
Yovich said he will bring to campus energy, enthusiasm and an unwavering commitment to student-athlete success -- both in the classroom and in competition. Additionally, he hopes that his experience working at all levels within the NCAA will be a great resource and support for the coaching staff.
“I am truly honored to have been chosen to serve as the next Director of Athletics at Wheeling Jesuit University. I'd like to thank President Townsley, Dr.(Dan) Dentino and the entire search committee for this opportunity.”
Prior to his post at Defiance, Yovich was director of Athletics at Owens Community College in Toledo, Ohio, and Assistant Athletic Director at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (Ind.)
Yovich is a graduate of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in communications studies. He also earned an MBA in sports management from Columbia Southern University.