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Bretherton resigns as Concordia athletic director

Jeff Bretherton was named the Concordia College athletic director on May 1, 2017. Forum file photo1 / 2
Jeff Bretherton speaks after being introduced Monday, May 1, 2017, as the first full-time athletic director for Concordia College. Bretherton has resigned from his post. Forum file photo2 / 2

MOORHEAD -- Concordia athletic director Jeff Bretherton has resigned, the school confirmed Thursday.

Concordia released the following statement:

“Effective April 4, Jeff Bretherton has resigned his position and will no longer serve as Athletic Director at Concordia College. Rachel Bergeson will serve as interim Athletic Director. The planning for identifying a new athletic director will begin immediately.”

Attempts to reach Bretherton for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.

Bretherton was hired as Concordia’s first full-time athletic director last May and officially started the job last June.

Bretherton came to Concordia with a fundraising background, having been the director of development for the Heart of the Rockies Initiative in Missoula, Mont. The 12 years prior to taking the athletic director job at Concordia, he worked as a fundraiser outside of education in Montana.

Bretherton was the senior development officer at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., from 1996-2003. He was the lead staff member for a multi-million dollar athletic facility campaign for the Johnnies.

“Winning is unusual,” Bretherton said last May after he was named Concordia’s athletic director. “In order to win, you must do extraordinary things. You cannot just be one of the crowd. The crowd doesn’t win. We must be willing to stand out and act differently.”

Bretherton took over for Bergeson, who was named the interim AD in the Spring of 2016 after then Cobbers head men’s basketball coach Rich Glas stepped aside from being the athletic director.

Bergeson moved into a role as Concordia’s deputy athletic director after Bretherton was hired. Now, she will again serve as interim athletic director.

Eric Peterson
Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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