WIU AD returns to alma mater

Western Illinois Director of Athletics Matt Tanney was announced as the new Director of Athletics and Campus Wellness at Wabash College in Indiana on Friday.

Tanney is a 2005 graduate of Wabash College.

“It is a privilege to return to Wabash as the Director of Athletics and Campus Wellness,” Tanney said in a Wabash College release. “The College provided me an exceptional experience as a student, so the ability to serve in this role is beyond humbling. I’m excited to join an already outstanding group of coaches, faculty, and staff dedicated to the student experience. I look forward to collaborating with our student-athletes in their pursuit of academic and athletic excellence at a place where both are attainable, and engaging with the best alumni network in the country in their support of our students’ endeavors.”

Tanney has been Director of Athletes at Western Illinois since January of 2016. He was named interim Direct of Athletics in May 2015, replacing Tommy Bell, who took the same position at Southern Illinois University.

Tanney has been at WIU since July of 2012, when he was named Associate Director of Athletics.

Tanney begins his duties at Wabash on May 21. While at Western, Tanney supervised 19 NCAA Division-I teams in the department.