Steve Uryasz joined the WVU staff in July 2016 as executive senior associate athletic director.
Uryasz brings 29 years of athletic administration experience to the Mountaineer program, with previous stops at Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Nebraska.
Uryasz assists with the daily administration and management of the athletic department, including administrative support for coaches and senior administrators.
He oversees student-athlete development to insure a commitment to academic excellence and career development for WVU’s student-athletes. His duties also include oversight of the sports performance division of the department.
Additional duties include oversight of athletic facilities, operations and event management, along with being the sport administrator for men’s golf.
With 23 years of experience at Big 12 Conference institutions, Uryasz spent the majority of his time at Texas Tech (1997-2015) in various capacities. He joined the Red Raider program in 1997 as associate athletic director for student services, and led an academic support staff for more than 450 student athletes. Under his leadership, Texas Tech’s graduation rate rose 18 percent overall, and the football program reached a 73 percent graduation rate, which put the Red Raiders among the NCAA top 10 percent for Division I schools at the time.
In 2000, Uryasz took charge of the Red Raider Club and coordinated all aspects of Texas Tech’s fundraising efforts, leading the unit to unprecedented growth. With renovations to Jones AT&T Stadium, Uryasz and his team generated great demand for premium seating with the sale of 1,650 stadium club seats and 85 luxury suites.
In 2011, he became the senior associate athletic director for external relations with oversight of ticket operations, the Red Raider Club, promotions, fan engagement, communications and licensing. During this time, Texas Tech raised more than $30 million in 2014, which was second in the Big 12 and completely funded all athletic scholarships. The department set a school record for average home attendance after selling out the stadium on a season ticket basis for the first time in school history.
Prior to Texas Tech, Uryasz spent time at Oklahoma State from 1992-97 as the assistant athletic director for academic and student affairs, where he provided academic leadership for OSU’s 350 student-athletes.
Before coming to Stillwater, he began his professional career at Nebraska, serving as the assistant director of academic programs. Working directly with the Cornhusker football program, the unit was voted the nation’s most outstanding academic support program by College Athletic Management.
In May 2015, Uryasz transitioned into a new career as vice-president of business development for First United Bank in Lubbock, where he worked to enhance the bank’s relationships and cultivate new business. However, his passion for athletic administration has led him to his new responsibilities at West Virginia.
Uryasz earned a master’s degree from Nebraska in 1987 and a bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in 1985. He and his wife, Margie, have four children – Alyssa, Mike, Holli and Chris. Uryasz will begin his new duties in Morgantown on July 1.