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Mike Holder transitioning out as Oklahoma State athletic director

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Mike Holder speaks in front of the soon to be unveiled statue of T. Boone Pickens outside of Boone Pickens Stadium on November 28, 2020.

An era of Oklahoma State athletics has come to an end.

Mike Holder has been announced as athletic director emeritus of OSU, pending approval from the board of regents.

Effective July 1, Chad Weiberg will take his place as athletic director.

The move ends Holder’s 16-year run as head of the athletic department.

Holder has been the athletic director since 2005 after coaching the men’s golf team for 32 years. His contract was set to expire at the end of June.

Under Holder’s leadership, the scene of OSU athletics underwent a complete transformation. He played a key role in securing massive donations from the late Boone Pickens, which allowed huge upgrades to OSU’s football facilities.

Over Holder’s run, the university also constructed Sherman E. Smith Training Center, Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center, Neil Patterson Stadium and O’Brate Stadium.

“Today is about the future of Oklahoma State University athletics,” Holder said in a press release. “Chad Weiberg is the new sheriff in town and he needs all of us to saddle up and ride for the brand. Get ready Cowboys and Cowgirls. If you do your part, then the best is yet to come.”

An an OSU alumnus, Weiberg has held the position of athletics deputy director, where he served as chief operating officer.

"I am humbled by this opportunity,” Weiberg said. “(Oklahoma State) is a special place with special people and a storied athletic tradition. We have exceptional coaches, remarkable student-athletes and an incredible staff. Coach Holder has done more at OSU than anyone imagined possible since he became athletic director. He put us in position to be competitive on a national level, transformed our facilities and helped us raise the expectations we have of ourselves. I hope to honor his accomplishments by building on them.”

Weiberg’s contract will be for four years at $750,000 annually.

"I am confident Chad will build on the excellence our athletic programs have enjoyed under Mike Holder,” OSU president Burns Hargis said. “The future is bright for Oklahoma State's athletics, and I am excited and look forward to cheering our men and women's teams in the coming years.”

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