College Athletics: Goetz leaving Minnesota for UConn position
MINNEAPOLIS--The University of Minnesota announced Thursday that Deputy Athletics Director Beth Goetz is leaving to take the Chief Operating Officer post with the University of Connecticut Department of Athletics.
MINNEAPOLIS-The University of Minnesota announced Thursday that Deputy Athletics Director Beth Goetz is leaving to take the Chief Operating Officer post with the University of Connecticut Department of Athletics.
As chief operating officer, Goetz will oversee all internal departments in the UConn Division of Athletics, serve as a key member on the division's leadership team and will serve as sport administrator for football.
Goetz served as interim director of athletics at the University of Minnesota from August 2015 through June 2016 after the resignation of former Director of Athletics Norwood Teague.
"Those of us fortunate enough to work with Beth have always known her future is bright," University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler said. "I am extremely grateful for her commitment to the University and the stabilizing leadership she provided, particularly as our interim director during a difficult past year, and wish her the best at UConn. She is a remarkable person and leader."
"Beth's unique skills and expertise made a positive impact on this department, specifically our student-athletes, coaches and staff," Director of Athletics Mark Coyle said. "While I will miss the opportunity to work with her, I am happy for her and we wish her the absolute best in this new role."
Minnesota hired Goetz in March 2013 from Butler University where she oversaw numerous aspects of that athletics department, including the perennially successful men's basketball program.
"I'd like to thank President Kaler for the opportunity to serve this great institution and excellent athletic department," Goetz said. "It has been a pleasure to work with such outstanding coaches, staff, student-athletes and fans and I am grateful to have been embraced by this Gopher community during my time here.
"I am proud of our many accomplishments and achievements and know that Gopher Athletics will see even greater success in the future. While I am excited about the next step in my journey, I will always cheer for the Maroon and Gold."