New Washington State University Athletics Director Pat Chun has made his first major administrative hire. In an interview with The Morning News on Wednesday, Chun announced that he has hired Mitch Straub to be his Senior Assistant AD for the Cougar Athletic Fund.
Straub comes to Pullman from Ohio State where he was working as an Associate Director of Development for Buckeye Athletics. He began working in Columbus in 2010. Straub’s resume includes working for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and at the University of New Mexico. Chun worked with Straub at Ohio State when he was the Executive Associate AD for External Relations.
Straub replaces Uri Farkas to lead fundraising for Cougar Athletics. Farkas was hired in January by former Cougar Senior Associate AD Mike Marlow who is now the AD at Northern Arizona. Marlow took the Northern job in December. Chun was hired at WSU in January to replace Bill Moos who abruptly left for the Nebraska AD job in October.
Chun says a formal announcement regarding Straub’s hire is expected this week. You can hear Chun discuss Straub on the Wendesday Morning News by clicking on the audio clip below.