Former CDO standout Jason Verdugo to lead Wisconsin-Eau Claire Athletics

Former Canyon del Oro baseball and football standout Jason Verdugo was named the new athletic director at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Thursday. The Blugolds represent an NCAA D-III program competing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC).

Verdugo moves over from Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota) where he was the recipient of the 2019 National Association of College Directors of Athletics Division III Athletics Director of the Year Award.

Verdugo went on to play football for ASU and he played for the Giants farm system four four seasons. Verdugo served as the baseball coach at Hamlin from 2001-12, when he was promoted to athletic director. He is the winningest baseball coach in school history with more than 200 career victories.

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