MARQUETTE -- Dan Spielmann announced that he will resign as Northern Michigan UniversityÃ‚’s athletic director in early January to take the position of director of government and community relations at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.
Spielmann came to Northern in July 2000 from UW-Green Bay where he had been employed since 1976. There he worked for 12 years in the athletic department, including nine as AD, and five years as the chancellorÃ‚’s chief of staff, a role which involved fundraising, providing legal counsel, and serving advocacy roles with the legislature and other government agencies.
Ã‚“Northern is an excellent academic institution with a strong athletic tradition that IÃ‚’ve tried to continue,Ã‚” said Spielmann. Ã‚“For the most part, I have enjoyed my time at Northern. My wife, Liz, and I have made new friends that we will miss, but this is an opportunity to be closer to our families and our children. We wish the best to Northern Michigan and the people of Marquette.Ã‚”
Highlights of SpielmannÃ‚’s tenure include the cross country teamÃ‚’s Top 10 finishes for the past three years, including this yearÃ‚’s fourth place Ã‚– the schoolÃ‚’s highest showing ever at the national meet; the tennis teamÃ‚’s first two NCAA tournament bids in school history in 2001 and 2002; continued success in advancing to the NCAA championships for womenÃ‚’s basketball, skiing, and swimming and diving; and the hiring of hockey coach Walt Kyle and football coach Doug Sams.