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UWGB athletic director Charles Guthrie expected to take Akron opening

Green Bay Press-Gazette logo Green Bay Press-Gazette 5/3/2021 Scott Venci, Green Bay Press-Gazette
a person standing in front of a crowd: Green Bay Phoenix Charles Guthrie celebrates after the Phoenix defeated the Cleveland State Vikings in a Horizon League basketball game at the Resch Center on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Green Bay, Wis. © Adam Wesley/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Green Bay Phoenix Charles Guthrie celebrates after the Phoenix defeated the Cleveland State Vikings in a Horizon League basketball game at the Resch Center on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Green Bay, Wis.

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay suddenly is looking for a new athletic director.

According to sources, Charles Guthrie is expected to be named AD at Akron University, an NCAA Division I school in Ohio, as soon as Tuesday. 

He replaces Larry Williams, who joined Akron in 2015 but decided not to pursue an extension when his contract runs out this summer.

UWGB officials would not confirm that Guthrie is leaving. 

Guthrie became the ninth AD in UWGB history — it introduced sports in 1969 — when he was hired in October 2017 to replace Mary Ellen Gillespie.

At the time, he signed a four-year contract that included a base salary of $160,000 per year and was eligible for several annual performance bonuses.

He arrived after serving as the AD at DII San Francisco State University for three years. Guthrie also spent three years as the AD at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington.

He worked in athletic and advancement roles at Cal State LA, California State-San Marcos, UC-San Diego, Columbia University, Colgate University and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

While at UWGB he oversaw the opening of the Aldo Santaga soccer stadium in 2019 and the completion of the King Park softball complex in 2020. 

Guthrie was at the center of an eventful time last May when he fired men’s basketball coach Linc Darner with six seasons remaining on his contract despite Darner leading the program to a top-four finish in the Horizon League in four of his five seasons.

One of the reasons Darner had six years left was because Guthrie agreed in August 2018 to give him a one-year extension each season the team finished in the top four in the Horizon League.

Darner and the school agreed on a settlement package that guaranteed him at least $720,000.

Guthrie was instrumental in the search for Darner’s replacement, naming Will Ryan the new coach in June and giving him a six-year contract.

He also rewarded women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth in February 2018 with an extension that goes through the 2024-25 season.

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