Cal Poly Humboldt

Cal Poly Humboldt names new athletic department head

Cal Poly Humboldt Athletics

Dr. Nick Pettit has been hired as the new Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports at Cal Poly Humboldt, the school announced on Monday.

According to a press release announcing the news, Pettit comes to Humboldt with over 28 years of experience in athletics, both at the Division-I and professional levels. 

Prior to returning to his home state of Michigan last year and serving as the Sparta Area School District Director of Athletics, Pettit spent seven years (2015-2022) at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo as the Deputy Athletic Director. 

“I am so impressed by Dr. Pettit’s experience and knowledge, and I think he is going to make a big impact at Humboldt,” university president Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr, said in a press release. “He has a deep commitment to student development, enhancing the culture within collegiate athletics, and creating a positive experience for student-athletes.

“We’re excited to welcome Nick to Cal Poly Humboldt and to the entire Lumberjack community.”

This appointment follows a national search assisted by Dr. Kurt Patberg from Mammoth Sports Consulting and Pettit will officially join the Jacks on June 8.

“I would like to thank President Jackson and the search committee for selecting me to lead Lumberjack Athletics,” Pettit said. “The campus culture at Cal Poly Humboldt made me feel at home and l look forward to collaborating closely with President Jackson’s leadership team, our coaches and staff, and the local community to provide a best-in-class experience for our student-athletes. 

“I am honored to build on current successes, enhance the culture, and ignite a contagious momentum that thrives for years to come.”

Pettit will oversee the Cal Poly Humboldt athletic programs competing in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Great Northwest Athletic Conference, and NCAA. 

“The university is experiencing unprecedented growth,” he said. “Our goal will be to align athletics with this opportunity to serve our student-athletes and promote comprehensive excellence in performance.

“We will focus on student development and academic success, winning championships, and serving our community with steadfast dedication.”

Before his tenure at Cal Poly-SLO, Pettit spent seven years (2008-2015) on the Executive Staff and Senior Management team at San Diego State University.

Pettit will be formally introduced to local media and members of the community soon after he begins his appointment at Cal Poly Humboldt.

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