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Western Oregon names athletic director

Daniel Hare is taking the reins from Jon Carey.

MONMOUTH -- Daniel Hare has been named the new athletic director at Western Oregon University. The announcement was made Feb. 8 by WOU President John Minahan.

Hare is the director of athletic compliance at the University of Central Oklahoma (NCAA Division II) but also has a background in fundraising, coaching and law.

"Daniel Hare is familiar with virtually every part of athletic director's job," said Minahan. "He is smart, energetic and knows a major part of his time will be fundraising. He is ready to take on this job."

Hare was the athletic development officer at Baylor from 2003 to 2006. He was in charge of the school's annual volunteer fund drive as well as managing and cultivating all sport-specific funds. He also administered the Baylor Bear Foundation 'Young Alumni Program' and helped raise over $750,000 to renovate the women's basketball locker room.

Hare received his juris doctorate from the Baylor Law School in 2009 and has bachelor and master degrees from the University of Oklahoma in business administration.

Hare will be taking over the athletic director duties from Jon Carey, who has served as the head of the Wolves' athletic department since July 1, 1993.

"I am humbled and honored to be chosen as the next director of athletics at Western Oregon University," said Hare. "President Minahan, Jon Carey, the coaches and staff have done a tremendous job creating a competitive Division II program at WOU. My goal is to take that solid foundation and create opportunities for our student-athletes to reach new heights athletically, academically and in life.

"Every step in the search process affirmed to my wife Adrienne and I that Western is the right place for us. We cannot wait to get to Monmouth to start this exciting new adventure."

Hare will be joining the WOU athletic department by May 1 at the latest.

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