Five things to know about future Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg
Oklahoma State deputy athletic director Chad Weiberg will take over as athletic director on July 1, the university announced Thursday.
Weiberg is set to replace Mike Holder, who will transition to an adviser role after 16 years leading the Cowboys and Cowgirls to new levels.
Here are five things to know about Weiberg:
1. A true Cowboy
Weiberg became part of the OSU family in junior high.
He was born in Pauls Valley, but he moved to Stillwater in junior high when his father, Mick, became an assistant basketball coach for the Cowboys.
Chad graduated from OSU in 1994 with a bachelor of business administration degree. A decade later, he earned a master’s degree in business administration.
Meanwhile, he served as OSU Athletics’ director or corporate sales and donor relations from 1994-99. He was also the senior director of field operations for the OSU Alumni Association from 1999-2002. In 2002-03, he was the director of development for the OSU Foundation/College of Business Administration. He held a similar role for the athletics department the next school year.
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Weiberg left in 2004 for Kansas State — after marrying his wife, Jodi, who he proposed to in a Boone Pickens Stadium suite — and later worked at Texas Tech before returning to OSU in 2017 as the deputy athletic director.
2. Schedule builder
Weiberg’s return to OSU in 2017 immediately labeled him as a potential heir to Holder.
His primary role as second-in-command was to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department. He served as the administrator for wrestling and equestrian, too.
Weiberg was also the administrative liaison to Holder for football and men’s basketball.
Perhaps Weiberg’s biggest responsibility was his job with the football program. He oversaw the scheduling.
He was instrumental in orchestrating the series with Tulsa. He’s helped schedule big nonconference games like Oregon State, Boise State and others.
3. Remembering his brother
Weiberg’s brother Jared was an OSU basketball student manager who was killed in the 2001 plane crash.
Jared was 22 years old and studying secondary education and coaching. He joined the OSU program as a walk-on player after playing for his father, Mick, at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. After a year playing for Eddie Sutton, Jared became a manager.
“Jared wanted to be a basketball coach just like our dad and like Coach Sutton,” Chad said in a powerful video earlier this year on the 20th anniversary of the plane crash.
“I think his goal was to be a coach and that was his way of learning. He was enjoying every minute of it. He was a goal-oriented person and when he set his mind to something he was going to go after it and achieve it.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that he would be coaching somewhere and he’d be doing a great job.”
Chad and Jared’s brother Brett is the head coach at Madill High School.
4. Big 12 connection
Weiberg’s uncle, Kevin, was the Big 12 commissioner from 1998-2007. He left and helped form the Big 10 Network and the Pac-12 Network.
Chad has stayed within the conference for more than two decades.
After his initial tenure with OSU, he spent nine years at Kansas State — where he gained a reputation for strong fundraising as an administrator — and two at Texas Tech.
With the Wildcats, Weiberg served as director of corporate relations for the KSU Foundation and the director of major gifts for Kansas State’s athletics. He later became the senior associate athletic director for development after leading the university’s Ahearn Fund.
In Lubbock, Weiberg was the deputy athletic director with nearly an identical role to his current position at OSU. He also oversaw Texas Tech’s relationship with Under Armour and multimedia rights holder Learfield Sports along with other business partnerships.
He also was the administrator for baseball and men’s tennis along with the liaison for football and men’s basketball. He also monitored the overall financial management of the department’s annual budget.
“My time in Lubbock and at Texas Tech have been both personally and professionally fulfilling and rewarding,” Weiberg said when he was hired at OSU in 2017.
5. An expert fundraiser
In his various roles at Kansas State, Weiberg was eventually named Fundraiser of the Year by the National Association of Development Directors in 2014.
He more than doubled Kansas State’s donor base.
During Weiberg’s tenure, Kansas State completed more than $190 million worth of facility improvements, including the Vanier Football Complex and West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
Kansas State also updated and upgraded its basketball training facility, the Mike Goss Tennis Stadium and completed a $3 million rowing center.