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Terry Tumey to be next athletic director at Fresno State

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Fresno State's AD Jim Bartko outlines the five point plan for sports during a press conference Friday afternoon.

Fresno State has hired Terry Tumey as its next athletic director, university president Joseph Castro announced Thursday on Twitter.

A news conference will be held Monday.

Tumey, 52, has been the athletic director at NCAA Division III Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges since 2016 and prior to that at UC Davis and Dominican University. He was a candidate at Fresno State in 2014 when it hired Jim Bartko to run its athletics department, and left UC Davis the following year to pursue other opportunities. UCD agreed to pay Tumey $177,500 from June 2015 to June 2016 in severance.

A Fresno State official said there would be no additional comments until the news conference. Steve Robertello, who has been the interim AD since Bartko resigned in November, could not be reached Thursday. Last week, Bartko filed a claim against Fresno State saying he had been forced out by Fresno State and subject to a "whisper campaign" by Castro. Barkto is seeking $3 million in damages.

In April, Fresno State posted the AD opening and formed a 14-person search committee led by vice president for administration and associate vice president for auxiliary services Debbie Adishian-Astone. The committee interviewed five candidates including Robertello before turning to Tumey. The committee also met with former Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson, UC Irvine athletic director Michael Izzi, Incarnate Word athletic director Brian Wickstrom and Texas Southern athletic director Charles McClelland.

Tumey was a defensive lineman at UCLA from 1984-87, earning a degree in political science and a master's degree from the Anderson School of Business. He was an assistant coach at UCLA and with the Denver Broncos before moving into a front office position with the San Francisco 49ers in 2001, starting as a player personnel assistant before moving up to assistant to the player personnel director and director of football administration.

After the NFL, he was athletic director at Dominican University in San Rafael, overseeing a transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II and raising $4.5 million in a capital campaign for the Penguins' facilities.

At Fresno State, Tumey will take on a department that will finish the 2017-18 academic year needing university assistance to cover a budget shortfall of $1.5 million to $2 million, is struggling to support 21 sports programs with the addition in 2017-18 of wrestling and women's water polo and in 2017-18 ranked 181st and last in the Mountain West Conference in the Learfield Director's Cup standings.

The Bulldogs had one team win a conference title – women's tennis.

While the university works a plan to renovate Bulldog Stadium, the athletics department also will be seeking as much as $20 million in private funding to upgrade its student-athlete village, which includes the Duncan Building, Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center, Ricchiuti Academic Center and a strength and conditioning center.

At the time of his departure from UC Davis, Tumey told The Sacramento Bee, “I look at what’s going on and all the good things that are happening in terms of the football, basketball and other programs moving forward at UC Davis, and I’m almost taking the Jim Brown approach," referencing the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back who retired from the NFL at the height of his career.

“I figure why not get out while things are going well. I just see great things ahead for UC Davis, and there are some other things I’m looking to do.”

While at UC Davis, the Aggies won 10 conference championships including two Big West titles in women's track and field and women's golf and two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships in women's swimming and diving and women's gymnastics.

The football program, playing in the Big Sky Conference, was 4-7 in 2012, 5-7 in '13 and 2-9 in '14.

In June 2015, Jim Bartko, Fresno State's director of athletics, introduced a design team that revealed concept illustrations for a renovated Bulldog Stadium. Bartko resigned in 2017, and the project never got off the ground.

Robert Kuwada: @rkuwada
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