Tech narrows AD search to 3 from out of state

Montana Tech has selected three finalists for its athletic director position. They are Rick Goeb, Dave Lau and Jason Herbers.

The three out-of-state finalists were selected from an eight-member search committee that sifted through a pool of 109 applicants.

“I believe the size of the applicant pool is indicative of the reputation of Montana Tech — people want to work at Tech and be a part of the good things that are happening on campus,” said Doug Abbott, Montana Tech Provost and head of the search committee. “The committee phone interviewed seven candidates and conducted reference calls. From this, we selected three finalists for on-campus interviews.”

Each candidate will have a full day of interviews with faculty, staff, and students. Also included in their on-campus interview is a forum for the campus and community to meet the candidates and ask questions.

The next AD at Tech will replace Charles Bradley, who was hired in May and fired in January. Bradley is being paid the remainder of his $85,000 salary plus a $40,000 settlement for the promise not to sue.

Goeb is currently the president of Rgoeb Sportswide Consulting in Bemidji, Minn. Prior to consulting, Goeb worked as the director of athletics from 2001 to 2013 at NCAA Division II Bemidji State. He was the senior associate/assistant athletic director at the University of Alaska Fairbanks from 1995 to 2001. He also served as an athletic assistant at NCAA Division I University of North Dakota from 1993 to 1995.

He received his educational administration doctorate in 1997 from the University of North Dakota and also holds an M.A. in sports management and a B.S. in physical education and coaching.

Goeb’s campus/community forum will be Tuesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in the Copper Lounge of the Student Union Building.

Lau has served as the assistant director of athletics for development at NCAA Division II Missouri Western State University (MWSU) since 2003. Prior to moving into administration, he served as an assistant baseball coach and administrator at MWSU. He holds a B.S. in education from Missouri Western State University and an M.S. in education from Northwest Missouri State University.

Lau’s campus/community forum will be Thursday, April 24 at 1 p.m. in the Kelley/Steward Room of the Student Union Building.

Herbers has served as the associate athletic director for development and operations at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, since 2010. Prior to joining the Dixie State, he served for five years as the assistant athletic director for marketing and promotions at Utah State University. He also served as the director of marketing, promotions and ticket operations at Eastern Washington University for just over four years prior to Utah State.

Herbers also spent three seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the promotions coordinator. He earned his M.S. in physical education from Eastern Washington University in 2010 and his B.S. in exercise science from the University of Wisconsin in 1997.

Herbers’ campus/community forum will be Tuesday, April 29 at 2 p.m. in the Copper Lounge of the Student Union Building. 1 comment



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  • Jeff Malby
    April 17, 2014, 3:41 pm

    Good for Tech. Not. Another opportunity to hire another out of state bloke shouldn’t make them feel good because it makes them look like #2. They must feel like Montana applicants aren’t quite good enough. Not one Montana person who applied was good enough to be interviewed? Excuse me while I go throw up.

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