“The chance to have hockey inside a portfolio of sports activities choices excites me,” Chaves stated after collaborating in a public discussion board Wednesday whereas interviewing to turn into UND’s subsequent athletic director. “It is one thing I have been part of at totally different establishments and it actually intrigues me.”
Chaves, who has been the AD at EWU since 2007, was the fourth candidate to carry a public discussion board and the final finalist to interview.
Western Michigan senior affiliate athletic director Monty Porter (Sunday), UND’s affiliate athletic director with the Alumni Affiliation and Basis Mike Mannausau (Monday) and Texas-San Antonio deputy athletic director Kellie Elliott (Tuesday) have additionally held public boards and interviewed this week.
The UND AD search committee will now meet Friday morning to debate the finalists in an effort to offer suggestions to President Mark Kennedy, who will finally decide.
“I have been lucky the final 5 years to observe UND each up shut and from afar,” stated Chaves, whose EWU program participates within the Huge Sky Convention, a league through which UND is transitioning away from into the Summit League and Missouri Valley Soccer Convention.
Chaves stated his division in Cheney, Wash., was disillusioned final season to see UND win the Massive Sky’s President Cup, an award that goes to the highest faculty within the league when it comes to each athletic and educational success.
“I feel it units up for an thrilling decade to return,” Chaves stated. “I feel what has transpired and what’s out in entrance for this athletic program is thrilling.”
Chaves is the one one of many 4 finalists to be a standing athletic director.
“If I went again eleven years in the past, and I used to be standing on this room, I in all probability would not have the identical thought course of that I do now as a result of I’ve finished it for the final 10-plus years at Japanese,” Chaves stated. “It is like a primary-time head coach. Till you name your first timeout … there is a degree of expertise that I feel will help with this specific job.”
Beneath Chaves, the EWU soccer program has gained 5 Huge Sky titles and captured the FCS nationwide championship in 2010. Chaves additionally performed a task in EWU putting in the primary-ever purple turf soccer area.
He led a number of fundraising initiatives at EWU, as nicely, together with a $1.1 million challenge for a brand new videoboard/scoreboards at Roos Area and Reese Courtroom and a $1.5 million locker room venture.
Japanese’s fundraising arm, Eagle Athletic Fund, is at an all-time excessive in each members and dollars.
Chaves, who grew up…