UC Riverside’s Wickstrom Departs for Louisiana Monroe

Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley said she will appoint an interim director soon

Brian Wickstrom will leave UC Riverside.  Photos by Carlos Puma.

Brian Wickstrom will leave UC Riverside. Photos by Carlos Puma.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  Brian Wickstrom, who has served as Director of Athletics at the University of California, Riverside for the last two years, has resigned to accept the same position at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, it was announced today by Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley.

During his time at UC Riverside Wickstrom received kudos for his fund raising and community outreach, which have increased the profile of UCR Highlander Athletics. UCR student-athletes have also made gains in academic accomplishment and competition. With Wickstrom’s support, the campus’s plans for a new multi-use arena [known as the C-Center] have moved into evaluation of bids from interested developers.

“Although I am disappointed that we are losing a great leader in Brian Wickstrom, I want to thank him for all he has done the last two years,” Conoley said.  “He has always kept the student-athlete experience as a top priority and has worked hard to raise the competitive bar for all Highlander athletic teams.  We have great momentum now and will continue working hard to expand on these accomplishments.”

Conoley indicated her intention to announce an interim director as soon as possible.

Wickstrom thanked the Riverside community, saying:

“It is difficult to leave UC Riverside,” Wickstrom said.  “My family and I have really enjoyed our time in this community.  We didn’t come here with the intent to stay for only two years.  But several close confidantes in the athletics field have advised me that the opportunity at Louisiana Monroe is too good to pass up.  This is the chance to take the reins of an FBS program.”

FBS is the acronym for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, of which Louisiana Monroe is a member.

The UC Riverside Highlanders compete in 17 sports at the NCAA Division I level, the highest level of collegiate competition in the country. UC Riverside is a member of the Big West Conference.

UC Riverside has made a splash on the national scene with NCAA post-season appearances in baseball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, men’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field. To learn the latest news about UCR Intercollegiate Athletics, check out the website at www.gohighlanders.com.

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