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SPORTS: Former WVU Athletic Director Ed Pastilong Now Part of West Liberty University Advancement Team
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 19:05 Special to HuntingtonNews.Net
The director of athletics at West Virginia University from 1989-2010,
Pastilong is now assisting campaign coordinator and WLU Development
Director Angela Zambito-Hill and Vice President of Institutional
Advancement Jason Koegler in their fundraising efforts.
A Moundsville native, Pastilong spearheaded WVU’s growth into one of
the nation’s finest intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation
during his tenure with the Mountaineers.
“As a visionary and successful athletic director, we could find no one
better than Ed Pastilong. Our students will benefit from his
involvement and I thank him for his willingness to share his talents
with us,” Zambito-Hill said. He is focusing on athletic fundraising.
While at WVU, he helped shape the student-athlete experience into a
positive one through a successful total athletic program. At the time
of his departure, Pastilong had one of the longest-serving tenures of
any athletic director at a BCS-level school.
During his tenure, Pastilong directed more than $65 million in
facility renovations, witnessed the athletic department’s budget
increase from $20 million to more than $50 million, steered WVU into
the Big East football conference in 1991 and full-fledged member
status in the league in 1995, the school’s first-ever association in a
major athletic conference. He also initiated the Athletic Director’s
Academic Honor Roll, where nearly 4,000 student-athletes have been
recognized for outstanding work in the classroom. Pastilong solicited
financial support to start the Athletic Scholarship Endowment Fund,
providing a perpetual source of financial support for athletic
scholarships that has now grown to nearly $30 million dollars.
The facility upgrades and capital improvements alone have been termed
staggering by WVU’s communications office at the time of Pastilong’s
induction into its 2012 Hall of Fame. Since 1989, WVU has made
tremendous strides to its football facility, Mountaineer Field at
Milan Puskar Stadium. Suites to three sides of the stadium, Touchdown
Terrace, the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility, new locker rooms, the
Academic Center and the Hall of Traditions highlight the making of
WVU’s football facility into one of the nation’s finest.
Other facility improvements under Pastilong’s tenure include
renovations to the WVU Coliseum and Hawley Field and the construction
of Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Cary Gym for Mountaineer Gymnastics, a
state-of-the-art wrestling facility and a basketball practice
Pastilong joined the WVU athletic department as football recruiting
coordinator in 1976 and two years later became its scholarship
In 1979, he was named assistant athletic director for facilities and
operations. He spearheaded the planning and management of all home
athletic contests, as well as the scheduling and the maintenance of
the Coliseum and stadium; Pastilong also was on the board for the
planning and building of Mountaineer Field. He remained director of
athletic facilities until his promotion to associate athletic director
in 1987. For the last two years, he has served as director of
athletics emeritus at WVU.
Prior to WVU, Pastilong was football coach at Scott High in Madison,
W.Va., and at Salem College, where he tutored the Tigers from 1969-75,
winning more games than any other West Virginia Intercollegiate
Athletic Conference team during that period. He was also the school's
dean of health and physical education from 1972-75.
He received his bachelor's degree from WVU in physical education in
1966, and later earned a master's degree from WVU. As a Mountaineer
player, Pastilong lettered in 1964 and 1965, completing 37 of 115
passes for 728 yards and six touchdowns, despite playing with a
debilitating shoulder injury.