WSU Tim Crompton on the sidelines soccer coach

In this undated photo, Weber State women's soccer coach Tim Crompton, center, walks the sideline while coaching a game for the Wildcats.

OGDEN — Five weeks after Jerry Bovee announced he was stepping down from his athletic director post, Weber State announced Tuesday that Tim Crompton would serve as interim athletic director for the university.

Crompton has been the head women’s soccer coach at the school for 15 years.

Bovee left WSU to become the deputy athletic director at his alma mater, Utah State; WSU’s announcement came the same day Bovee tweeted a photo of him in his first day at USU.

Tim Crompton weber state mug shot 2018-19

Crompton

“Tim brings a lot of talents to this role and he has great relationships on and off campus,” said Norm Tarbox, WSU vice president, in a statement from the school. “Over the years, we have a developed a strong, supportive culture in Wildcat athletics. Tim has been a major contributor to that culture, and he bleeds purple.”

The statement indicates the search for a new athletic director has not yet begun, saying Tarbox does not have a timetable for beginning the search.

“We feel it is more important for us to find the right person than for us to move fast,” Tarbox said in the statement. “We have a strong interim in place and feel like we can take our time as we assess what the needs of the department are moving forward.”

Crompton holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Weber State.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to help guide Wildcat athletics through this transition,” Crompton said. “I’m ready to dive in and get started.”

In his absence, assistant Meagan Thunell will serve as interim head coach of the WSU women’s soccer team. That team won the Big Sky regular-season title in 2018 with a conference record of 7-1-1 and Crompton was named the Big Sky coach of the year.

WSU women’s soccer is slated to kick off its 2019 season Aug. 15 with a home match against Colorado College.

Contact Brett Hein at bhein@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter @bhein3/@WeberHQ and at facebook.com/WeberStateSports.

Brett Hein is the sports editor and covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner.

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