Morgantown, West Virginia – After forcing former director of athletics Shane Lyons to resign on November 14, West Virginia University moved swiftly and found their man, Wren Baker, the AD at North Texas.
Today, according to Flight Aware, a plane is scheduled to travel from Morgantown Municipal Airport to Denton, Texas, the home of North Texas University, and then back to Morgantown, landing at 4:04PM.
This, of course, is Wren Baker, 44, and perhaps his family, who will bring a tremendous amount of hope and optimism to West Virginia. Baker, who has been extremely successful at raising money and building relationships with donors in the past, will now handle the evaluation of head football coach Neal Brown and his coaching staff, as well as the potential contract extension or retirement of the legendary Bob Huggins.
“We wanted someone who clearly understood the dynamics of a fast-changing athletics environment and had found success being at the forefront of this new world that includes managing NIL and the portal,” university president Gordon Gee said. “We looked at a number of well-qualified candidates and, at the end of the day, Wren met every one of our needs.”
Baker will reportedly sign a 6 year deal worth $1.1 million per year with the Mountaineers and is expected to officially start with the university on December 19.
Our new Athletic Director is arriving at Morgantown Airport today at 4:04PM! Welcome Wren Baker! Let’s Go Mountaineers! #WVU pic.twitter.com/KMomKofrqj
— The Voice of Morgantown (@voicemorgantown) December 4, 2022