“My wife and I are excited to join the Mountaineer family. We feel that the chance to work at Western State Colorado University within the Mountaineer Athletic Department is a great opportunity for us to work alongside some truly devoted professionals,” Carmichael said. “The rich history of Western Athletics and the possibility of an even brighter future for Mountaineer Athletics provided an irresistible attraction for us.”
“We are grateful to Dr. Waggoner and the search committee to have been chosen for the position of associate athletic director and we are eagerly looking forward to beginning our service to Mountaineers of the past, present and future.”
Carmichael is replacing Scott Groom, who left Western after nine years as the assistant A.D. for Metropolitan State on Aug. 1. Before taking over as assistant A.D. in 2004, Groom was the head men’s track and field coach from 1991 to 2002 and was the compliance coordinator from 1997 to 2004.
Dillon Waggoner was named the “Interim” for the position since Groom’s departure. This was a critical time of year, as the athletic department was launching a new year along with two new sport programs and had high central office turnover with little advanced notice at the ‘eleventh hour. Waggoner, a 2011 Denver University Law School graduate, plans to pursue other professional opportunities.
Carmichael spent the last four years at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis, Ark. Most recently he was the dean of students and athletic director, overseeing all athletic operations, budget and personnel decisions.
At MSCC, Carmichael initiated and executed the transition of the athletic department from Division III to Division II status within the National Junior College Athletic Association. He also facilitated a new student conduct reporting process on campus and facilitated the implementation and utilization of a Suspension Appeals Committee and the accompanying modified process for MSCC students to apply for re-admission after being classified as being on academic suspension.
Carmichael also served as the regional director for women’s sports in Region 2 of the NJCAA. As the regional director, he provided guidance and oversight into athletic matters for the 14 NJCAA institutions in Arkansas and Oklahoma. His duties also required him to serve as a liaison between Region 2 institutions and the national office of the NJCAA, helping to assure student-athlete and institutional integrity as it relates to matters of eligibility and compliance.
Before joining MSCC he was the head men’s basketball coach and athletic director at Central Baptist College. As athletic director, Carmichael’s duties were to oversee eligibility, personnel and assure financial integrity through managing the department’s budget.
“We are very pleased to have Jason join the Mountaineer Family,” athletic director Dr. Greg Waggoner said. “We are confident that he has the skills to help take Mountaineer Athletics to another level and I am personally looking forward to working with him and believe he will add a strong complimentary dimension to our athletic department.”
“I also want to thank Dillon Waggoner who stepped into this very important position with short notice and has served our department and the University extremely well under challenging circumstances.”
Carmichael received a B.A. in Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology and a minor in Biology from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and earned his master of science degree in Physical Education/Health & Recreation from Emporia State University.