Matt Stepan has been promoted to the office of Athletic Director at Montana Tech University, Chancellor Don Blackketter announced on Tuesday.
Stepan will take on the new position on Sept. 1.
Stepan, who has been serving as the school’s External Associate Athletic Director, will replace Chuck Morrell in his new role. The move was made so that Morrell can devote more time to his duties as the university’s head football coach.
Morrell became the school’s athletic director in 2014.
“The stability is there and the timing is right for Matt to move right into this role,” Blackketter said in a statement. “We are fortunate Matt is part of the Montana Tech team. I have confidence that he will continue to drive Montana Tech athletics forward.
“We are grateful for coach Morrell’s dedication to Montana Tech and thank him for serving in this role for the past three years.”
Stepan is no stranger to Montana Tech or Butte athletics. He was a two-time All-Conference pick as a defender on the Orediggers football team and was one of the best wrestlers to come out of Butte Central’s program.
He is also an easily-recognized members of the community, where he coaches youth softball, Little Guy football and serves as a wrestling referee.
“I am humbled and honored to assume the responsibility of leading our great coaches and student-athletes at Montana Tech,” Stepan also said in a statement. “As a former Oredigger and the son of an Oredigger, Montana Tech is much more than a place to work.
“I’m excited to continue and strengthen the great relationship between my hometown and my alma mater. We are on a very positive and exciting path thanks to the leadership of coach Morrell. I am forever indebted to coach Morrell for his guidance over the past three years, Chancellor Blackketter for the opportunity to serve one of the finest institutions in the country, and to the Butte community for the incredible support they’ve shown to me and Montana Tech Athletics.”