Dearing named head of Western Oregon University athletics

Maureen Dolan


Statesman Journal
By Timm Collins
April 29th, 2013

Barbara Dearing, who has spent the last six years as a senior staff member with the Portland State University Athletics Department, has been hired as Western Oregon University’s next executive director of intercollegiate athletics.

“Barbara Dearing has been successful in all areas of collegiate athletics and I am confident she will be a great asset to WOU,” WOU President Mark Weiss said in a press release Monday. “Her passion for the student-athlete was clear as we went through the process of interviewing an elite pool of candidates and we are excited to have her join the Wolves team.”

Dearing joins WOU after serving as the associate athletic director for business and financial operations and senior woman administrator at PSU since July 2008. She was promoted to her current role after serving as the assistant athletic director for business operations for the department in 2007.

“I am honored and humbled to be joining the Western Oregon Wolves family,” Dearing said. “The institution’s values and tradition of excellence in academics and athletics makes this a tremendous fit.”

Dearing is on the NCAA Division I Softball Sport Committee, which directs the NCAA Division I regional and national softball tournaments. She is the co-chairwoman of the NCAA West Regional Softball Advisory committee.

During her time at PSU, the sports she directly supervised won seven conference championships, one divisional title and have participated in six NCAA post-season championships.

In addition, the track & field and cross country programs have produced several conference champions and regional qualifiers for NCAA post season, including the school’s first ever All-American for the men’s track & field program.

Before going to Portland State, Dearing served as the associate athletic director for business operations and senior woman administrator at Longwood University, and spent time as a head softball coach for a number of NCAA programs including Ohio State University and Liberty University.

“A strong foundation is in place and I am devoted to building on its excellence by leading the athletics program with integrity, purpose and passion,” Dearing said.

Dearing will succeed Jon Carey begin July 1. Carey is retiring after serving 30 years as a head women’s basketball coach and athletics director.

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