OGDEN — Despite losing its athletic director of 10 years, Weber State University is not in a rush to hire a permanent replacement.
WSU has a “tremendous amount of confidence” in Tim Crompton, the 15-year head women’s soccer coach who was named interim athletic director on May 28, according to school vice president Norm Tarbox.
Crompton steps in for Jerry Bovee, who was hired by his alma mater Utah State on April 23 to be associate athletic director there.
Tarbox, vice president for administrative services who has been at WSU since 2002, said university policy allows an interim AD to be in place for up to 12 months before naming a permanent hire.
“Tim is as respected on campus and off campus as anybody else in the athletic department. We have some really, really good people there and Tim is definitely one of them,” Tarbox told the Standard-Examiner. “He brings a network of relationships and a history of working together with individuals that gives us all a significant amount of comfort that the real positive momentum we have going in athletics right now will continue under Tim.”
The only certain thing in Crompton’s appointment is that he will not coach women’s soccer this fall, with assistant Meagan Thunell taking the reins as interim head coach. After that, it’s possible Crompton could serve out the nearly 12-month term as interim AD and then be reinstated as head soccer coach, or, be an athletic director candidate.
Tarbox said that’s several decisions away.
“In my mind, that door (returning to coaching) is not closed but we don’t know what the future will bring here,” he said. “We have a lot of confidence in Tim and think he’s going to do an excellent job. Whether this is something he wants to do long term is a decision he is going to need to evaluate.”
At some point, Tarbox said the campus athletics search committee will convene to examine whether or not they have an interest in employing a search firm to make the permanent AD hire. WSU typically does not hire search firms for athletics hires but, he said, there are some circumstances where the university does decide to do so.
Weber State’s 2018-19 athletic season came to a close Friday when Nathan Dunivan finished 10th in the discus at the NCAA national track meet. After the academic calendar flips over on July 1, the 2019-20 athletic season begins Aug. 15 when women’s soccer hosts an exhibition game.