Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) has officially announced Josh Berlo as its new athletics director, that after a four-month search to replace the departed Bob Nielson.
The announcement came on Wednesday afternoon on the UMD campus, that following a national search conducted by a 14-person committee selected by UMD Chancellor Lendley Black, who ultimately had final say in the decision.
Berlo comes to UMD after serving the past 12 years as senior assistant athletics director at the University of Notre Dame, where he oversaw a staff of 40 and managed a budget of nearly $4 million.
He said at Wednesday's news conference that the similarities between Notre Dame and UMD are what first attracted him to the job.
"We have the same values. We've got great, passionate fan bases," Berlo said. "We're both known nationally. We've got great traditions. I'm excited to be here because of what UMD athletics has accomplished, will do in the future, and what it stands for --- championships, academics, and tradition."
While with the Fighting Irish, Berlo was the man in charge of event marketing, game presentation, fan experience, and ticketing for 26 Division I athletic programs.
At UMD, he will be responsible for overseeing just two Division I programs --- men's and women's hockey --- and 14 Division II programs.
The other two finalists for the position were Bowling Green's Mary Ellen Gillepsie and Central Michigan's Derek van der Merwe, both of whom were on campus with Berlo on Tuesday for the final round of interviews.
Berlo will officially assume his athletics director duties at UMD on May 1.