The earlier report by Ross Dellenger has been confirmed by West Virginia University. Baker will officially step into his role as the Director of Athletics for the Mountaineers on December 19th.
West Virginia University welcomes Wren Baker as its new Director of Athletics.#HailWV— WVU Sports (@WVUSports) November 30, 2022
Per Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, West Virginia University is expected to name North Texas AD Wren Baker as its new director of athletics.
West Virginia is finalizing a deal to hire North Texas AD Wren Baker as its next AD, sources tell @SINow.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) November 30, 2022
Well respected, Baker has been a deputy at Missouri & Memphis. His first task is evaluating coach Neal Brown, who is 22-25 in 4 years at the schoolhttps://t.co/GFn0M0Bavo
The 44-year-old Oklahoma native has spent six years in Denton, Texas with the Mean Green, where he’s overseen their upcoming move from Conference USA to the American conference and helped improve North Texas’ facilities to rank as some of the best among the Group of 5 programs.
While at North Texas, Baker’s hires have included basketball head coach Grant McCasland, who has led the Mean Green to a Conference USA regular season or tournament championship in each of the last three years. The Mean Green football program, under Baker’s watch, have reached a bowl game in six of the last seven seasons and will be competing against UTSA this weekend for the Conference USA championship.
Prior to his time at North Texas, Baker worked as a deputy athletic director at Memphis where he helped secure the largest gift in the university’s history and the school’s best fundraising year ever.
According to Dellenger’s report, Neal Brown is expected to remain West Virginia's head coach in 2023 under Baker’s evaluation.