Michael Boele takes over as the new Senior Woman Administrator for the Fresno State Department of Athletics.
Betsy Mosher, Fresno State's Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator, is retiring after nearly eight years at Fresno State to complete a distinguished career in intercollegiate athletics.
Robertello joins Fresno State after working in compliance for 10 years at Washington State
The underground construction work has begun for the Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center.
Melinda and Herb Depp have been a part of the Fresno State family for 50 years and recently provided a $350,000 gift commitment for the Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center.
With a proven track record of strong leadership, integrity, sound academic values and athletics achievement, Thomas Boeh enters his 32nd year of athletics administration, 19th year as an NCAA Division I-A Director of Athletics and ninth year at Fresno State.
In July of 2005, Boeh was charged to stabilize, reform and revitalize the athletics program at Fresno State. As a result of this charge, the Department of Athletics has been entirely restructured with a new senior administrative team. Special emphasis has been placed upon a consistent and value-based approach to decision-making, as well as clearly delineating areas of responsibilities with built-in accountability. Considerable attention has been directed towards creating a progressive student-athlete environment and strict adherence to well-defined NCAA compliance protocols and standards.
New polices have been developed regarding student-athletes recruitment, oversight and welfare. The Student-Athlete Code of Conduct and Substance Abuse Educational and Testing Program have been reviewed and strengthened, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Council has been re-energized. Departmental and institutional protocols relative to admissions, financial aid and eligibility have all been restructured in conjunction with campus leaders. Fresno State's student-athletes have benefited significantly from these measures and, in conjunction with enhanced support services, they have fostered a better-quality experience that is reflected in greatly improved Academic Progress Rates, fewer Code of Conduct violations and extensive community service activity. Additionally, all athletics fundraising activities have been consolidated within the new Bulldog Foundation and philanthropic gifts to Athletics have risen to record levels.
Fresno State Athletics has been working closely with a nationally renowned consultant, a broad-based President-appointed ad hoc committee and the Office of Civil Rights to remedy all past gender equity issues and create at Fresno State a model Division I athletics program relative to Title IX compliance. One component of this effort is the addition of two new women's sports; lacrosse and swimming & diving both began competition during the 2008-09 academic year. All athletics facilities have been evaluated and a 10-year master plan, inclusive of the "Athletics Mall" and "Student-Athlete Village" has been developed and introduced to the community. Several projects have been completed to date while two cornerstone facilities - the construction of a state-of-art aquatics venue opened for the 2009-10 academic year and the Meyers Family Sports Medicine Center is set to open in August 2013 - have materialized.
"We have faced and worked through significant challenges in our first four years and will continue to initiate progressive changes and make difficult decisions when necessary," Boeh said. "Our priority remains to do everything possible to best service the needs of Bulldog student-athletes so that we may build upon the best traditions of Bulldog Athletics."
Under Boeh's leadership, Fresno State transitioned into the Mountain West for the 2012-13 academic year after 20 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs achieved competitive greatness in their first season in the Mountain West, winning a conference championship in football and the conference tournament in women's basketball. Both teams did so with new head coaches that Boeh hired to build upon past successes and reach new heights in their respective programs. In addition to the hiring's of Tim DeRuyter in football and Raegan Pebley in women's basketball, Boeh has also hired long-time Texas assistant Rodney Terry as the new men's basketball coach in April 2011 and longtime Stanford assistant Trisha Ford as the new softball coach in June 2012.
Fresno State was presented as the winner of the 2012-13 MW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Community Service Award, emphasizing the Bulldogs' competitive spirit reaches far greater than just on the field of competition.
"It is extremely gratifying to see the unprecedented accomplishments of the past few years and to recognize that they are a direct result of a collective and extraordinary commitment and efforts of our student-athletes and the entire intercollegiate athletics staff," Boeh said. "I am also grateful for the continued support of Dr. Welty, members of the Cabinet, and the university community."
Prior to joining the Mountain West, the success of Bulldog student-athletes throughout the 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2011-12 academic years culminated in Fresno State capturing the Western Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cups. Additionally, Sports Illustrated's SI.com ranked Fresno State the nation's 18th most accomplished NCAA Division I athletics program for 2007-08. Since Boeh's arrival at Fresno State in 2005 until the Bulldogs left for the Mountain West in 2012, WAC championships and advancement to NCAA Championship competition has been achieved in the sports of women's basketball, track & field, women's soccer, baseball, women's golf, softball and women's tennis, with the latter three enjoying a Top-20 national ranking, and baseball capturing the 2008 National Championship. Additionally, Fresno State student-athletes have advanced to post-season competition in the sports of football, men's basketball and equestrian.
"Thomas has brought the combination of experience, performance and a commitment to high academic standards that Fresno State needed to compete at a national level," said former Fresno State President Dr. John D. Welty. "Under his leadership a New Era in Bulldog Athletics has been created and the program has a new direction, with a strong commitment to student-athlete development and welfare."
Prior to his arrival in Fresno in July of 2005, Boeh spent the previous 10 years as the Director of Athletics at Ohio University, where he led the program to exceptional levels in numerous categories and earning numerous conference championships.
In 2001, The Sporting News ranked Ohio's department 32nd among the 115 NCAA I-A institutions, the highest ranking of any non-BCS program. The ranking included evaluations for competitive success, fan support, integrity and equity. Ohio earned an "A" rating in graduation rates and NCAA compliance and posted an eight-year high graduation rate of 73 percent in 2004.
Under Boeh's leadership, Ohio was extremely aggressive in its efforts to achieve gender equity and compliance with Title IX. Three women's sports programs were initiated during Boeh's tenure, and in 2004 The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Ohio ranked second nationally among all NCAA I-A institutions relative to the equity of men's and women's sport program expenditures.
Additionally, numerous women's facilities were constructed; sports budgets were restructured and decision-making procedures were reorganized to establish what Boeh refers to as an "authentic gender-neutral environment." Annual fundraising totals rose more than 500 percent and Ohio Athletics concluded the University's Bicentennial Capital Campaign by exceeding its $10 million departmental goal.
Some of the more visible changes on the Ohio campus during Boeh's tenure were the facilities for student-athlete support services, practice and competition. In all, 44 facilities saw major renovation or new construction and Ohio's athletics physical plant was recognized as being among the best and most efficient in the Midwest.
In addition, Boeh served a term as the Mid-American Conference (MAC) representative to the NCAA Management Council, the NCAA's most prestigious governing body for athletics administrators. Boeh also served as the chair of the MAC Athletics Directors' Group and member of the MAC Executive Council.
Prior to his tenure at Ohio, Boeh served as Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs at Northwestern University, overseeing areas such as development, marketing, ticket operations, sports publications, media services, game management and broadcast properties. Boeh also led the popular "Expect Victory" campaign, Northwestern's first-ever multimedia marketing effort.
Preceding Northwestern, Boeh served the University of Maine as Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Administration and Development. He also spent time in a variety of roles with the Big Ten Television Network, The University of Illinois, and his alma mater, Loras College of Iowa.
The Chicago-area native received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education with a minor in History at Loras in 1981, and a Master of Science degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1988.