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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 23 2012

Maughan returns to NDSU as senior associate athletic director for development

FARGO – North Dakota State turned to another ex-coach for its top athletic fundraising position. This time, the Bison also tapped a former athlete.

Jack Maughan, who wrestled for NDSU in the 1980s before starting a long career at the University of Northern Colorado, has returned to Fargo and will take a position vacated when Erv Inniger retired last year. He is the senior associate athletic director for development, a position that carries an emphasis on large gifts – something Inniger was able to garner in his post-NDSU coaching career.

Maughan is the son of former longtime Bison wrestling coach Bucky Maughan.

“Personally, I get to come back to my family,” Jack Maughan said. “I have three young children and the Fargo schools are great – a great place to raise a family.”

He spent his prior four years as the director of development for athletics at Northern Colorado. That came after a 22-year career as the head wrestling coach for the Bears, a position Maughan received upon graduating from NDSU. He has a master’s degree from UNC in athletic administration.

“I’ve been at UNC a long time and am grateful for being there,” he said. “But this is a great opportunity to work at a school that I love. I’m excited to work with a lot of good people I’ve known for a long time.”

Under Inniger, NDSU’s facilities took a major upgrade with the development of the Ellig Sports Complex and Newman Outdoor Field. Inniger was also the force behind funding NDSU’s Division I scholarship needs during the Division I reclassification.

NDSU is in the process of trying to wrap up a $32 million campaign that will renovate the Bison Sports Arena.

“That’s obviously a high priority,” Maughan said. “After that, there will always be projects and scholarship needs.”

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.