ULM Director of Athletics will not seek to renew contract with the university

MONROE, La. (KNOE) — Shortly after our original piece ran, ULM issued the following press release:

ULM Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom will not seek to renew his contract with the university, according to President Dr. Nick J. Bruno. Wickstrom’s contract runs through June 30, 2017.

“I want to thank Dr. Wickstrom for his four years of service to ULM,” Bruno stated. “When Brian arrived at ULM, we discussed what his goals and aspirations were. At that time, he informed me that his plan was to remain here for three or four years, but his goal was to move to a larger program. He has accomplished many things during his tenure and our program is better for his service. I wish Brian and his family the best in his future endeavors.”

“I’d like to thank Dr. Bruno for the opportunity to be the ULM Director of Athletics the last four years,” said Wickstrom. “My family and I have been so blessed to be part of this great campus and city. Monroe is one of the warmest and friendliest communities Celina and I have ever been part of. Two of our five children were born here, and we will cherish the memories our family has made.”

“Dr. Bruno and I started discussions about an extension back in January. After a lot of thought and reflection, I wanted to be honest about my desire to make a long-term move to a bigger program. Through these discussions, I decided not to ask for a contract extension.”

Wickstrom has been with the Warhawks since July 2013. Under his leadership, the Warhawks have seen a 22 percent increase in the operating budget. This significant increase has allowed ULM to be removed from the NCAA’s Low Resource classification.

Wickstrom has secured the top six gift commitments, and nine of the top 10, in ULM Athletics history. This includes…

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