Mike Marlow, WSU’s Deputy Athletic Director, was hoping to be considered for the WSU athletic director position, but his departure for NAU guarantees WSU will make an external hire.
Mike Marlow, Washington State’s Deputy Athletic Director, has left WSU to become the Vice-President of Intercollegiate Athletics at Northern Arizona University.
NAU President Rita Cheng announced Marlow’s hire Wednesday morning, at a news conference in Flagstaff, Ariz.
“Mike has an extensive resume of success,” Cheng said, adding that Marlow impressed her with his “commitment to the student-athlete experience” and “his collaborative approach to working with campus groups and the community.”
This will be Marlow’s first athletic director job. He replaces Lisa Campos, who left NAU in November after five years to become the athletic director at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
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Cheng said Marlow will start work at NAU in mid-January, but that his family –wife, Barbara, and children Courtney, Haley and Jeffrey – will remain in Pullman until the spring so that his children can finish out the academic year.
Marlow, a 1990 graduate of WSU, was known as Moos’ right hand man, and was instrumental in helping to recruit football coach Mike Leach to WSU. Marlow and Leach maintained a good relationship throughout their tenure at WSU. He’d worked under Moos at Oregon, where he finished a 12-year stint as senior associate athletic director for external operations.
Marlow was hired by Moos in the spring of 2010 and, in his seven years at WSU, oversaw the Cougar Athletic Fund, marketing, ticket operations and communications, was the athletic department’s liaison to IMG College and the Pac-12 Network, and oversaw football, men’s basketball and baseball.
Upon Moos’ departure for Nebraska in October, Marlow had hoped to be considered for the WSU athletic director position. His departure to become the athletic director at Northern Arizona indicates that he saw the writing on the wall.
A source close to the situation said Marlow was not seriously considered for the WSU athletic director position despite having Leach’s support and endorsement, because he was perceived as a holdover from the Moos administration.
Marlow indicated during his news conference in Flagstaff on Wednesday that he did not interview for the WSU job, saying, “I have not been a person who…