Utah Valley University is in search of a new leader for its sports programs, with the school announcing Friday that athletic director Vince Otoupal has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
Otoupal has served as UVU’s athletic director since July 15, 2013, the same summer the Wolverines became full-fledged members of the Western Athletic Conference.
“I have really enjoyed my time at UVU,” Otoupal said in a news release. “The student-athletes at UVU are amazing people. I am proud of what we accomplished during my tenure here. It’s time for me to pursue some things I have wanted to do for a long time, and, as such, I am resigning as director of athletics.”
Dr. Jared Sumsion, a Springville native who has been the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at UVU, will serve as interim athletic director until a replacement is found.
During Otoupal's tenure overseeing 16 Wolverine athletic programs playing at the NCAA Division I level, UVU has won 14 WAC championships and made five NCAA tournament appearances, including twice in women’s soccer (2015 and 2017) and once each in baseball (2016), men’s soccer (2015) and softball (2014).
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“We appreciate what Vince has done during his five-year tenure,” said Val Peterson, vice president for finance and administration, in a news release. “Vince helped the athletic program move forward, allowing our athletes not only to compete for championships, but also to succeed in the classroom.”
Prior to his time at UVU, the Seattle native served in several different capacities in the athletics department at his alma mater, Stanford, before becoming associate athletic director for development at San Jose State in 2005, then the athletic director at Cal State Monterey Bay in 2008.