Wistrcill to leave position at Minnesota

Minnesota’s senior associate athletics director for external relations has been hired as the new athletics director for the University of Akron.

Tom Wistrcill, MinnesotaâÄôs senior associate athletics director for external relations, has accepted a position as the new athletics director for the University of Akron. âÄúI thought it would be a good potential opportunity for Tom,âÄù Minnesota Athletics Director Joel Maturi said âÄúAs much as I hate to lose him, I encouraged him to look into it.âÄù Wistrcill began working with Minnesota in May 2006 after serving as the general manager of Badger Sports Properties for the University of Wisconsin. âÄúTom is an individual that brought great creativity âÄì a great breadth of differences in his background,âÄù Maturi said. âÄúHe was a great counsel and friend to me and this department for the time that he was here.âÄù Akron introduced Wistrcill at a press conference Tuesday at the James A. Rhodes Arena in Akron, Ohio. Wistrcill will replace former Athletics Director Mack Rhoades, who left the University of Akron in July for the same position at the University of Houston. Maturi said Minnesota will begin looking for someone that can replace Wistrcill with similar qualities. âÄúI think you always try to find somebody who has skills that you donâÄôt, and I need somebody with great creativity and knowledge in some of the areas externally that he oversaw,âÄù Maturi said. âÄúObviously someone will have to bring those same talents to the table.âÄù