Though he is originally from the bustling city of Cleveland, Ohio, Bill Wilson has always felt most at home in small towns.

Dillon should be a perfect match.

Wilson was hired as the next Athletic Director and Development Officer for the University of Montana Western on Tuesday and is expected to start on Feb. 1. He will arrive at Western after having spent three years working as the athletic director at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas, a town of about 6500.

"I've spent most of my time in towns about the size of Dillon, and I'm appreciative of the opportunity that (Chancellor Beth) Weatherby has give me," said Wilson, who holds a Masters of Education in Athletic Administration from Slippery Rocky University and a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University.

While visiting Dillon during the interview phase, he knew it was a place he wanted to live.

"I was impressed with the people at the college and the people in Dillon that I came across," said Wilson. "There are some dedicated professionals that have the students best interests in order. I knew it was a place I wanted to work."

Wilson will succeed current AD Russ Richardson who has accepted a management role with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

There are three areas Wilson wants to focus on at Western.

"Number one is to graduate student-athletes," said Wilson. "Next, we want to help them develop as young people and achieve their personals goals. Lastly, we want to win championships and be competitive."

Before working for PCC, Wilson was the athletic director at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where he started as the head women's basketball coach and assistant athletic director.

He also served as the head women's basketball coach at Brevard College in North Carolina for three years. His coaching career began in 1995 at Upper Iowa University.

Though he's thankful for his time at PCC, Wilson said he was eager for a chance to get back to a four-year university.

"I was looking for an opportunity to get back into a four-year institution in an area of the country that I want to be," said Wilson, who is an avid fly fisherman. "What better place than Dillon?"

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