By Ray Hamill — Humboldt State’s new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports, Jane Teixeira, said on Wednesday afternoon that the door has not been closed on possibly bringing back Lumberjacks football.
Teixeira, who was speaking to local media on a conference call just hours after her hiring was announced, takes over an HSU athletics department that has gone through a lot of changes in recent times, and becomes the Jacks’ fourth different AD in five years.
She brings plenty of experience to the position.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Humboldt family,” she said. “When I was up there visiting, the community was just amazing to me . They have such great support for Humboldt State athletic department and the university as a whole.
“When I met with the donors and community members it was amazing to see the love and just genuine revelry that they have for Humboldt state University and the Humboldt County community.”
Teixeira takes over a department that has alienated the local sports community in recent years after the decision by former school president Lisa Rossbacher and former interim AD Duncan Robins to cut the football program in 2018.
The new department head, however, said on Wednesday that the door to possibly bringing back the football team has not been closed.
“I am open to listening to what happened with the football program,” Teixeira said. “I’m not saying that door is closed, but I’m not saying it’s completely open either. We have to be good financial stewards of the financial resources that we have.
“If there’s a way to do it then we’ll definitely take it to president Jackson and fight for it all the way,”
Teixeira added that enrollment is a priority for new HSU president Tom Jackson Jr., and that football and the athletic department could play a part in that.
“It may not come back tomorrow, it may not come back in five years, it may not come back in 10 years, but we have to be ready for those instances when we’re in the right position financially to bring back a sport or to add a sport,” she said.
Teixeira will take over the department in April and says her priority will be “giving us some stability.”
Her plan in the first 100 days is to hold 100 meetings and she says she wants to “listen and learn, and learn about the culture.”
“I’m going to have an open-door, come-talk-to-me type policy,” she said.
Teixeira added that “winning is very important, but I would say that so is winning in the classroom, so is winning in the community.”
She also said that she wants to make sure the HSU student athletes “are getting what they need academically.”
Teixeira has 25 years of experience in higher education as an administrator, coach, student athlete, and leader, and currently serves as the Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator at The PacWest Athletic Conference.
Teixeira has also worked at the USC, the NCAA, and Texas A&M International University.
She was a three-year college starter in softball and received her bachelor’s degree in applied learning and development/sport management with a minor in communication at the University of Texas at Austin.
She earned a Master’s of Education from Southwest Texas State University in physical education with a concentration in physical education/sports administration.
In addition, she has earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she is a three-stripe blue belt in jiu-jitsu, and says you may find her in a local jiu-jitsu gym or out hitting the trails with her dog.
She has a daughter in college in Albuquerque.
“We are excited to have Jane join the Lumberjack team and Humboldt community,” Jackson, Jr. said in a press release. “Throughout her career, she has shown a proven track record of excellence in leadership and a commitment to student-athlete success. I look forward to the future of Lumberjack athletics under Jane’s leadership.”
Teixeira’s hiring ends a national search process that was led by interim AD Jill Willson, who was appointed to the position in August after Robins was let go.