Athletic department gets a new look, too

The restructuring of the Fort Lewis College athletic department continued this week with the promotion of Lynne Andrew to associate director of athletics.

Athletic director Gary Hunter announced Andrew’s move and also named Wayne Barger assistant director of athletics for development and director of sports medicine. Barger is the longtime head athletic trainer at FLC.

“I’ve been here four years, and I’ve seen more great transitions in the revamping of the athletic department,” Andrew said. “It’s really been great to be a part of it.”

Andrew, an assistant AD the last four years, has been in charge of overseeing NCAA compliance, facilities scheduling, game-day management, etc. She also serves as the senior women’s administrator for the department.

A former women’s basketball coach (17 seasons), Andrew also is the adviser to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee at FLC.

“With President (Dene K.) Thomas here ... with Gary Hunter as the director of athletics ... those two have great vision,” she said. “I feel like I’ve been able to work hard, jump on board and be a part of something great.”

Andrew, the head women’s basketball coach at Alaska-Fairbanks for five years, also coached at Idaho State, Weber State, North Dakota and Montana State.

“I’m excited. (Thomas and Hunter) make you love to come to work every day because, I know, we’re moving in a positive direction ... trying to do what’s best for our student-athletes and support our coaches,” said Andrew, who also color commentates on the FLC basketball broadcasts.

“Lynne is an outstanding athletic administrator. ... She has demonstrated exceptional leadership,” Hunter said of Andrew, who was a basketball All-American in junior college in North Dakota. She went on to play at Montana State.

She’s in the athletic hall of fame at each institution.

Barger, according to Hunter, will be the primary contact for all fundraising activities, including the Skyhawk Booster Club.

Barger’s athletic training duties will change from head athletic trainer to director of sports medicine. He will supervise the training room, four assistant trainers and the student trainers. He’s been FLC’s head trainer since 1995.

During his tenure, the program became a nationally accredited program through the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

Barger came to FLC from the University of New Mexico, where he had been an assistant trainer and instructor for 10 years. He was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame in 2011.

In addition, Hunter said Chris Aaland’s title and role has been changed. Aaland was named assistant director of athletics for communications. He previously was involved in external operations.

“We needed Chris’ experience and expertise to focus on sports information,” Hunter said of Aaland, an FLC alumnus in his 21st year as an FLC employee – 13 in the athletic department.