University, was named director of intercollegiate athletics today after Amber
Cox decided to remain with the Women’s National
Basketball Association’s (WNBA) Phoenix Mercury.
has been promoted to associate athletic director.
spent nearly seven years with the Mercury,
would return to her alma mater to become director of intercollegiate athletics
after the Mercury finished their season.
last minute, Amber was approached by the Mercury with an unbelievable offer,”
Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, WWU president, said.
promotion, Vittone said, “I’d like to thank Dr. Barnett for this
incredible opportunity. I am both excited and humbled. We have a great staff
here at William Woods, and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead of
2007, when he was named
sports information director and Champions of
Character coordinator. Previously he worked at Central Methodist University in
Fayette and before that, he was general manager of the Owensboro Oilers, an
NCAA-sanctioned wood bat league in Kentucky.
recently spending nine years at Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky., where he
was inaugural head coach for the NAIA Bearcats and sports information director.
before transferring to Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., where he
earned his Bachelor of Science degree in secondary physical education, with
minors in history and coaching. He completed a Master of Science degree in
health, physical education and recreation at Emporia State University, Emporia,
Baseball titled, “Important Pointers: Vittone Gives Insight Which Will Help
Catchers Perform Better in Games.”
Mo., and have two sons, A.J., 11, and Dominick, 9. His wife works at Peak
Performance in Centralia.
with a degree in accounting. In 1998, she earned her master’s degree in
education curriculum from William Woods.
four times and has amassed an impressive 465-265 record. In 2010, she received the AMC Coach of
Character Award. Prior to her coaching career, Gastineau was a standout
athlete at William Woods.