Austin Hieb settles in as UJ athletic director
Hieb has been in the position for eight weeks at the point of writing.
JAMESTOWN – The new University of Jamestown athletic director has been meeting with coaches to get their ideas on how to improve the athletic department and how he can help their teams be successful.
“After I finish up all those meetings and have a little bit more time with them, I’ll have a better idea of what (I want to do)," Austin Hieb said. "I have some of those meetings complete but as soon as I get those done I’ll be able to evaluate where we can amplify the game day experience a little bit more.”
Hieb reiterated an earlier point about how he wants to work hand-in-hand with the coaches and help them bring championships to the university. He said he wants to help coaches mold their programs into what they want them to become.
“I’m not here to micromanage them,” Hieb said. “We have a lot of coaches who have a lot of experience and have built a lot of good programs. The coaches will have freedom to operate the way they like to.”
As Hieb spends more time on campus during the summer and continues to get comfortable in the job, he said he wants to continue to learn about the Jamestown area and how things work at UJ.
“The hardest part for me right now is making sure I know how to do the simplest of tasks,” Hieb said. “ ... It’s really just getting the lay of the land and getting my arms around everything.”
Hieb began his role as the athletic director the last week in March. He was immediately thrust into the sports seasons that were underway. He said the seasons wrapping up, graduation and the aforementioned coaches meetings have taken up a lot of his time.
“It’s been a whirlwind, it’s been crazy coming in at the end of the year when spring sports are wrapping up their seasons …. It’s been a lot, but it’s been a ton of fun,” Hieb said.
While Hieb is happy he started when he did and got to be a part of the spring sports seasons, he is looking forward to working hard in the summer to prepare for the fall sports starting in August.
Outside of the job, one of the things that has helped Hieb settle into the area and the position is the arrival of his wife, Nicole, and son Opie.
“It’s awesome having her here, little guy loves it,” Hieb said. “He’s been on campus a few times. I think I’ve had him here four or five times after hours watching teams practice, he’s getting to run around. It’s been a lot of fun. My wife loves it here, we love our house, we love our neighborhood. We’re all really excited to be here. We’re just getting settled in.”