Josh Berlo named UMD's Athletic Director

The University of Minnesota Duluth found a replacement for the former AD, Bob Nielson, who left for Western Michigan early during the academic year.

Josh Berlo comes from Notre Dame, where he served as senior assistant athletics director for guest relations and event marketing.  He leaves Notre Dame after 12 years of success.
"Josh has a proven track record of leadership in Division I athletics with strategic planning, budgeting, recruiting and hiring of coaches, NCAA compliance, academic mentoring of student athletes, and increasing resources for programs and facilities," said UMD's Chancellor, Lendley Black. "He also understands the values and importance of Division II athletics. We believe his experience and skills will help foster the continued national prominence of UMD athletics and promote new levels of excellence."
"I want to personally thank the student athletes, coaches, faculty, staff and alumni who served on the search committee and faced the difficult task of selecting an athletic director from a nationwide pool of outstanding applicants," said Chancellor Black."
Berlo, a sports management graduate from UMass, brings his wife with him to Duluth, who both like the idea of being able to partake in the wonderful outdoor exploration Duluth has to offer.
“My wife and I are very excited about coming to Duluth and joining the Northland and Minnesota community," Berlo said. "I was drawn to the values of UMD and Bulldog athletics and am looking forward to furthering the traditions of national championships and academic excellence.”
Bulldog hockey fans can be proud of the hiring of Berlo due to the fact he has been in locations with a strong collegiate hockey background.  Being a graduate of UMass and having worked at Notre Dame will only benefit UMD's hockey program, I assume, as both programs have fantastic hockey programs.
"UMD has hired one of the rising young stars in the business. Josh will bring creativity, energy, and commitment to the student-athlete that will serve UMD well," said Jack Swarbrick, vice president and director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame.
Berlo will official begin on May 1st.

You can find UMD's release here.  Notre Dame's release can be found here.

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4 comments :

UMass fantastic? reputable sure!

I like this. I'm hoping he's a hockey fanatic.

Anonymous said...

I know he digs hockey from my time on the student athletic advisory board at Notre Dame. JB will do well there.

Thats fantastic to hear!