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New Athletic Director at CMU Coming From Mines

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At halftime of Saturday’s Mavericks’ game at Brownson Arena, Tom Spicer was introduced as the new athletic director at Colorado Mesa  University. On Tuesday, Colorado School of Mines announced that Spicer  had resigned his position with the school to take the job in Grand Junction.

Spicer will fill the position vacated by Butch Miller last November, after 4 1/2 years as CMU’s athletic director and a total of 11 years as an administrator. Miller stepped down, citing health and family reasons.

A coach and administrator with over 40 years of experience, Spicer has been the Colorado School of Mines’ Director of Athletics for the last nine years. Spicer led the Mines Department of Athletics to its first-ever RMAC All-Sports Cup Championship in 2011-2012, as well as an 18th place finish in the 2011-2012 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings. The Orediggers were ranked #1 (out of 286 NCAA Division II institutions) in the standings through the completion of the fall season this year.

Under Spicer’s watch, Mines added women’s soccer as an intercollegiate sport, and that program has appeared in three of the last four Elite Eight rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to this time at Mines, Spicer served as Director of Athletics at Fort Hays State in Hays, Kansas for 15 years.

Spicer will officially begin his tenure at Colorado Mesa on April 1st.


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