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Director of admissions to become Shepherd athletic director

May 11, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

Shepherd University officials will name a new athletic director for the school, allowing head football coach Monte Cater to focus solely on his coaching job and teaching, Shepherd University President David L. Dunlop said Monday.

Karl Wolf will take over the position as school athletic director this summer, Dunlop said.

Cater has served as athletic director and head football coach, although those positions are typically separated at other universities, Dunlop said.

Dunlop said he has been trying to work out a plan under which Cater could drop his athletic director's job and focus on coaching and teaching. The deal worked out when Wolf, the university's director of admissions, expressed an interest in the athletic director's job, Dunlop said.

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Wolf does not have experience as an athletic director, but he has the administrative skills for the job, Dunlop said.

Wolf will become the school's athletic director around July 1, Dunlop said.

Dunlop emphasized that the switch in no way reflects negatively on the school's athletic programs or Cater.

"Monte's a fabulous football coach. He's been a fabulous athletic director. I can't keep asking him to do two full-time jobs," Dunlop said.

Cater is in his 11th year as athletic director and has been the school's head football coach since 1987. He is the winningest football coach in school history and has been named West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year five times.

Cater declined to comment Monday night.

Wolf said Monday night he has been director of admissions at Shepherd for 34 years.

The Shepherd athletic department consists of 13 sports competing at the NCAA Division II level.

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