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After amassing over 80 applications for its open Athletics Director position, Missouri Western whittled the list down to four finalists.

Over the next several weeks, Western will welcome those finalists to present their vision of Western Athletics, and make their claim as the right person to lead it into the future.

President Robert Vartabedian said that the search for the new AD has gone extremely well, and he has been really impressed with the quality of the candidates. Even those who didn’t make the cut received a stamp of approval.

“The first cut was twelve,” Vartabedian said. “I thought the pool was so deep that I thought any one of those twelve could be a very good AD.”

Vartabedian said that the committee just kept at trying to find the absolute best possible candidates and they have settled on the four coming to campus.

Don Kaverman, Harris-Stowe University — Kaverman is a former Atheltics Director at Missouri Western for four years [1995-1999]. After leaving Western, Kaverman took over as Athletic Director for Division I Southeast Missouri State before accepting director’s position at Harris-Stowe. Redhawks Women’s basketball made the NCAA tournament in 2005 and 2006.

He has also worked in the National Football League as a conditioning coordinator and assistant athletic trainer for the Detroit Lions.

Kaverman has a bachelor’s degree  in business administration and a master’s in physical education from Michigan State University. His presentation is Friday, Sept. 23 in Spratt Hall, Room 205.

Jeremy McClain, Delta State University — McClain has been at Delta since 2007, and while there he has increased the graduate of student-athletes close to 20 percent.

The football program placed second in the Division II National Championship in 2010. Besides running the athletics program, he also performed as an All-American pitcher for the baseball team while he attended Delta. He would eventually be drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1999.

McClain has a bachelor’s degree in business administration. His presentation is Monday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. in the KCP&L Lecture Hall in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex.

Kurt McGuffin, Colorado University — McGuffin is the Asstistant Athletics Director at Colorado, which he has held for the past two years.

He has been involved in Big XII sports for the past decade, previously working with Kansas State. McGuffin has been influential on basketball, as he was the director of men’s basketball operations at Eastern Washington University, a student assistant at Kansas State and also was involved with the women’s basketball program while they steadily had a top 10 ranking.

McGuffin graduated from Wichita State with a Master of Science in education in 1999. His presentation is Thursday, Sept. 15 in the KCP&L Lecture Hall in the GISC.

Mark Alnutt, Missouri University — Currently at Missouri, Alnutt is the senior associate athletic director for administration. Alnutt has committed plenty of time to sports overall, including football and golf.

He helps plan trips that the Tigers must take during post-season play. As a Tiger, he played football at Missouri from 1992-1995 before graduating. This past year, at Missouri, Alnutt received the Barbara S. Uehling Award, an award given out to an administrator who shows leaderships and improved working conditions to the Missouri staff.

He has bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in public administration. His presentation is Thursday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. in the KCP&L Lecture Hall in the GISC.

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