Colorado State University – Pueblo will announce the name of its new head football coach in early July, according to the timeline announced today by Athletic Director Joe Folda as part of an update on the search.
Folda said the University already had received more than 100 applications for the position from across the country. A committee, consisting of both University students and staff and community members, will conduct reference calls and telephone interviews with fewer than 10 candidates throughout the next week with hopes of narrowing the field to individuals who will take part in campus interviews the week of June 18-22. Folda said he hoped to announce the name of the head football coach the week of July 2.
Folda emphasized that the position remains open until filled, meaning that interested individuals may still have their names placed into consideration for the head coaching position. A complete description of position responsibilities and qualifications may be found at http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/hr/employment/adminpro.asp#
On May 8, the CSU System Board of Governors gave approval to reinstate football, wrestling, and women’s track and field at Colorado State University – Pueblo. All three sports will begin competition in the fall of 2008 and will compete in the NCAA Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Football and five other sports were eliminated from then University of Southern Colorado in the spring of 1985 during a reorganization of the University. Men’s and women’s track and field were cut in 1993, with wrestling disbanded in 2001. Searches for wrestling and track and field coaches also are in process.
The search committee for the head football coach includes: University staff Todd Kelly, director of athletic development, chair; Hector Carrasco, dean of the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies; Niki Whitaker, assistant athletic director and senior women’s administrator, Steve Titus, CSU-Pueblo student and member of Associated Students Government, and community members Pepper Whittlef, Marv Laut, Ted Hernandez, and Dan DeRose.