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NDSU updates its athletic department administrative model, including naming a deputy athletic director

FARGO-Matt Larsen was hired as the North Dakota State athletic director last fall, but his administration was essentially finalized on Monday with the hiring of a deputy director of athletics and senior woman administrator.

FARGO-Matt Larsen was hired as the North Dakota State athletic director last fall, but his administration was essentially finalized on Monday with the hiring of a deputy director of athletics and senior woman administrator.

Also, Larsen announced a few promotions and named an administrator for each Bison sport. After spending most of his tenure evaluating the department, it was time to pull the trigger.

"To come in right away and make sweeping changes does not make a lot of sense," Larsen said. "I think you need to get a feel for your department's strengths and weaknesses, and we tried to shape the moves based on what we think is strengthening the department."

Todd Phelps was named the deputy director of athletics, essentially the second in command position behind Larsen. He'll be responsible for facilities, capital projects and will be the sport supervisor for women's volleyball, women's basketball and baseball. He was formerly an associate athletic director at Oregon State.

Phelps' position replaces that of former women's athletic director Lynn Dorn, who retired in March.

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Larsen promoted compliance director Colleen Heimstead to senior associate athletic director/senior woman administrator. She will oversee compliance and be the sport administrator for the track and field and cross country programs. Clyde Prestwood, a former compliance director at Lamar University (Texas), was named to that position at NDSU.

Larsen will oversee football, men's basketball and softball. Senior associate athletic director for development Jack Maughan will supervise wrestling and senior associate athletic director for external operations Troy Goergen will oversee women's soccer and men's and women's golf.

"It's really kind of a traditional thing that you see in college athletics now," Larsen said of sport supervisors. "Ultimately, I'm still responsible for all the coaches and programs, but this gives the coaches a day-to-day person they can work with things like budgeting, scheduling and recruiting."

Larsen said it was important structure-wise that each sport administrator work with both male and female programs with their primary seasons being spread out.

He announced three other promotions: Scott Woken to assistant athletic director for sports medicine, Josh Hemingway to assistant athletic director for business and ticket operations and Ryan Perreault to director of athletic communications.

Jeff would like to dispel the notion he was around when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, but he is on his third decade of reporting with Forum Communications. The son of a reporter and an English teacher, and the brother of a reporter, Jeff has worked at the Jamestown Sun, Bismarck Tribune and since 1990 The Forum, where he's covered North Dakota State athletics since 1995.
Jeff has covered all nine of NDSU's Division I FCS national football titles and has written three books: "Horns Up," "North Dakota Tough" and "Covid Kids." He is the radio host of "The Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack" April through August.
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