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Moon named UW-Green Bay director of athletics

GREEN BAY – Josh Moon was named the 10th Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Chancellor Michael Alexander announced Tuesday, July 6.

Moon, an athletic administrator with more than 18 years in collegiate athletics, has spent the last nine years as the Director of Athletics at Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, S. D., and will begin his new role Aug. 1.

Josh Moon

As Green Bay’s Director of Athletics, Moon will oversee a department offering 14 NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports, serving more than 200 student-athletes.

“The UW-Green Bay Athletic Department has tremendous potential to expand, deepen its connection to our region and support the mission of the university,” Alexander said. “Josh Moon is the person to help us get there. His proven record of support of student-athletes, building community connections, growth and his work ethic make him the right person at the right time to lead us forward.”

With a focus on academic, athletic and personal/social excellence, Moon has delivered impressive results in the classroom, the community, on the field and on the court since joining NSU – an NCAA Division II institution sponsoring 15 athletic programs serving 400 student-athletes – in 2012.

During the past 10 semesters, NSU student-athletes achieved an average semester grade-point average of at least 3.30.

As a senior leader and key fundraiser for the university, Moon was a member of the core team that generated more than $62 million in private gifts for the university in three years, allowing for the construction of the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a regional sports complex, including on-campus football and softball stadiums and an athletic and recreation fields project.

Moon helped cultivate and secure two of the largest private gifts in university history.

During Moon’s nine-plus years at the helm, the Wolves’ program has seen increased championship activity, including finishing as the NCAA Division II national runner-up in men’s basketball in 2018, four consecutive conference championships in men’s basketball, five consecutive qualifications for the NCAA tournament for women’s basketball and back-to-back conference championships in volleyball.

“I’m truly honored and humbled to join the awesome team at Green Bay,” Moon said. “I’d like to thank Chancellor Alexander for this opportunity – his vision and passion for the future of this campus is exciting, and Phoenix athletics plays an important role in the success of the university and region. My family and I are thrilled to be returning home to Wisconsin and an area we love. I can’t wait to get started and engage with the campus community, as well as the Green Bay and Fox Valley regions.”

Before arriving at NSU, Moon spent three years as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill.

At Western Illinois, Moon served as the athletic department’s number two administrator and assisted in overall management and operation of a 20-sport, NCAA Division I athletic program serving 435 student-athletes.

During his tenure, Leatherneck football reached the second round of the FCS playoffs in 2010, men’s soccer qualified for the NCAA Division I soccer tournament twice and men’s basketball qualified for Division I postseason competition for the first time in 35 years.

Moon has also spent time in athletic leadership, development and academic and compliance roles at Central Michigan University (CMU) and for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Moon attended UW-La Crosse where he earned his bachelor’s degrees in exercise and sport science and business administration.

He earned his master’s in administration with a concentration on sports administration from CMU.

He’s a native of Wautoma and will be joined by his wife Andria, a Mauston native, and sons Brady and Kellen.

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