CASHELL WANTS HIS OLD JOB BACK
The search for a new athletic director at Eastern Oregon University took an unexpected turn last week as a face from the past returned to make a bid to be a part of EOU's future.
EOU officials have confirmed that Rob Cashell, the school's athletic director from 2001-2005, has applied and will interview for the athletic director position today.
"(Rob) is going to be here for an interview," said EOU President Khosrow Fatemi. "And he is going to have to go through exactly the same process as the other candidates."
Cashell announced his resignation as EOU's athletic director June 10 to take a position as a relationship manager at US Bank in Umatilla County. Cashell's last day at EOU was July 31 and he started work for US Bank Aug. 1.
Cashell cited family concerns and problems with his work schedule as reasons for quitting at the time.
"With athletics, it's not your typical type of schedule," Cashell said in a June 11 interview. "There's a lot of weekends and a lot of nights when you're not around. Family was the No. 1 factor in my decision."
EOU's hiring committee will now have to determine what changed for Cashell from announcing his resignation to his decision to re-apply for the position.
"I'm sure the question will be asked," Fatemi said. "Rob did a good job and obviously everybody respected his reason for leaving that he wanted to spend more time with his family.
"At the same time, the requirements of the job have not changed."
Cashell's decision to try and become EOU's athletic director again comes right on the heels of the campus visit of another high profile candidate for the job, former University of Alaska-Fairbanks athletic director Cory Schwartz, who was in La Grande last week.
Schwartz was the athletic director at NCAA Division II UAF from 2002-2005 and the associate athletic director at NCAA Division I University of Evansville from 1998-2002.
"I thought my visit went really well," Schwartz said by phone interview from Fairbanks. "The questions were thorough and in-depth and I really got a sense of how much the community cared about the athletic program and the school.
"It's really a beautiful area; the campus is in a great setting, it's nicely laid out and the athletic facilities are really nice."
Schwartz said that she was informed of Cashell re-applying during her visit.
"It is atypical," Schwartz said. "I suppose submitting your resignation and then re-applying for the job is not the norm, I would guess."
Cashell did not return phone messages seeking comment for this article.