Montgomery named new athletic director

Daron Montgomery, a Florida native who formerly was the senior associate athletic director at the University of Detroit Mercy, is UWSP’s new athletic director, replacing Frank O’Brien who retired after 20 years on campus.

"Daron brings a terrific breadth of experience to apply one of America's top Division III programs. He also understands how much Pointers Athletics means to our students, community and state," said Chancellor Bernie Patterson. "We couldn't be any happier to enter this new era under Daron's leadership."

As second in command for Detroit’s athletics program, he oversaw 19 varsity sports and served as the lead development officer for Titan athletics. Montgomery also oversaw ticket operations and sales, group sales and game management/event operations for all home athletic contests.

Montgomery assisted in the year-long application process for Detroit’s bid to host the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four® and attended the Final Four as a member of Detroit’s “Future Hosts” travel party from 2004 to 2008. As tournament manager for both the 2008 NCAA Men’s Basketball Midwest Regional and 2009 Final Four, Montgomery was responsible for working with NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee and NCAA staff members in multiple key areas, with an emphasis on game management and specific responsibilities for supervising a game management crew of more than 60 members.

He helped increase the Titan men's basketball regional and national television package to a record 13 games during the 2010-11 season, in addition to negotiating the inaugural Detroit Titan Court Report, a 30-minute monthly show which was nominated for a Michigan Emmy.

Montgomery also coached Detroit’s women’s tennis team for nine years and was chosen as Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2002 by his colleagues.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 1995 then played two full-time seasons with the Hickory Crawdads minor league baseball team, then a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. He earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from Ball State University in 1998. He and his wife, Karen, have two daughters.

Read a Stevens Point Journal interview with Montgomery at

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