UWGB rewards athletic director Josh Moon, who ‘energized our Phoenix athletics region’

UWGB athletic director Josh Moon has earned a contract extension through 2029.

UWGB athletic director Josh Moon has earned a contract extension through 2029.

GREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin-Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon has kicked off the basketball offseason by signing men’s coach Sundance Wicks to a contract extension and is still busy searching for a women’s coach.

But he also had some time to secure his own future.

The school announced a contract extension with Moon on Friday, which would keep him at UWGB through 2029.

No details about the extension were available because Moon has not yet signed the contract.

Moon received a four-year contract with a base salary of $180,000 per year when he was hired in July 2021 after spending the previous nine seasons as an AD at NCAA Division II Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

It included an option for him to extend his contract for a further two years on or before July 31, 2024.

“It’s awesome,” said Moon, a Wautoma native. “We have a great leader at this university in Chancellor Mike (Alexander), and then the energy and the things that have been happening since I’ve been here. In a place where I have family around me. That also helps.”

Moon’s extension came at a time when he was thought to be a serious candidate for the AD opening in Northern Iowa.

This sometimes results in the conversations being stepped up.

“That certainly increases the pace of discussions,” Moon said. “We started talking this spring. But if other schools start looking, it will be a tribute to what our group is doing here. What the university and everyone does. It’s a good thing.”

Moon was asked if he would have taken the job at Northern Iowa if it was offered to him.

“I haven’t gotten that far yet, as far as that thought process goes,” he said. “Of course it is a great school. They have a great tradition. They’ve done a lot of great things there, they’ve got football. There’s a lot of pieces that we’re working towards (at UWGB), so it didn’t get to the point of, ‘Oh, my God.’

Moon became the 10th AD in UWGB history when he took over from Charles Guthrie, who left after four years to handle the opening of Akron University.

He was credited with helping transform the athletics programs at NSU when it came to scholarships, facility improvements, staffing and increasing the Wolves Club’s annual revenue by $2.5 million.

He was at the helm when the school achieved some of its best ever grades, both on the field and in the classroom.

Moon has also contributed to UWGB’s success.

The men’s basketball team won 18 games this season and had one of the best turnarounds in DI history after Moon hired Wicks last year.

The women’s basketball team went to the NCAA Tournament last month for the first time since 2018.

The men’s soccer team played in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2009 last season, while the women’s golf team made its first appearance in the NCAAs.

UWGB has been effective in its fundraising, allowing the school to provide significant raises to Wicks each of the next five years.

Even the recent Packers-Phoenix Steak Fry raised a record $320,000.

For the first time in school athletics history, all 14 teams achieved a cumulative grade point average above 3.0. That included a 3.54 for the fall semester.

“In three years, Josh Moon has reinvigorated our Phoenix athletics region,” Alexander said in a statement. “His dedication to the student-athlete experience and supporting the overall mission of UW-Green Bay has put us on an exciting trajectory. I am excited to continue supporting his work and that of all our coaches, staff and students to see what we can achieve in the coming years.”

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Moon has at least one more job to do before the academic year is over.

The search for a women’s basketball coach to replace the recently retired Kevin Borseth continues, but a new leader could be hired soon.

Moon isn’t sticking to a set timeline, but there’s a chance he’ll have a coach on site soon.

“It’s liquid,” Moon said. “The goal is if we can get this done in the next week, that would be great. That would be our timeline. I’m not saying we can’t move forward, but it’s moving fast. Very quick.

“I think we just have to go through some steps and make sure we do all the things that we need to do, and then hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate here soon.”

This article originally appeared in the Green Bay Press-Gazette: UWGB athletic director Josh Moon is rewarded with a contract extension