University of Nebraska-Kearney athletic director Paul Plinske will take the same position at Colorado State University-Pueblo.
CSU-P made the announcement on Tuesday.
The appointment will be effective May 20, ending Plinske’s five-year stint as A.D. at UNK.
“I’m not running away from anything,” Plinske said in a written statement. “Instead, I’m running to an opportunity to help an institution reach its goals.”
CSU-P President Timothy Mottet said in a statement of his own that “Plinske emerged as the clear front runner in a competitive national search. He is nationally recognized as a leader in DII athletics who bridges athletic and academic cultures into a singular university culture of excellence. He has enhanced the athletic profile of each university where he has had the opportunity to lead.”
Plinske signed a four-year contract with CSU-P worth $135,000.
Recent budget cuts at UNK recently forced the school to eliminate baseball, men’s golf and men’s tennis. Plinske said these cuts had nothing to do with this decision.
“I move on to this new and exciting opportunity knowing I did my absolute best for UNK while serving with passion, professionalism and care,” he said. “We have hired a great staff and have built momentum for greater success in the immediate future.”
Plinske came to UNK in 2012 and oversaw the school’s transition from the RMAC to the NAIA ranks.
Since joining the NAIA, UNK has won six regular-season titles and nine conference tournament titles. The Lopers have also celebrated seven individual national championships in wrestling.
Prior to coming to UNK, Plinske led the athletic department at Division III Wisconsin-Whitewater. He also served as Associate A.D. at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for five years.