CHEYENNE – Laramie County Community College is looking for an athletics director again.
The school announced Wednesday that Clark Rasmussen – who took the position in May 2018 – is stepping down from his post to return to his native Idaho. Rasmussen told Wyo-Sports he is taking a finance job in the private sector.
Rasmussen was happy with what he and LCCC’s teams accomplished during his brief tenure.
“I’m proud of the success we had with our women’s volleyball team, women’s soccer team and men’s soccer team,” he said. “I’m proud of the continued development of our women’s basketball team. The good things we had happening weren’t just on the court.
“Our students were doing good things in the classroom, too. There were some hard times and rocky roads, but it has mostly been positive for us. I’m really thankful for LCCC giving me the opportunity to come in here and work for them.”
Both the volleyball and women’s soccer teams advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament. Women’s basketball set a record for wins since it was reinstated in 2016.
The rocky roads Rasmussen referred to included the five-day period in which women’s soccer coach Jim Gardner was fired and then reinstated.
The most visible accomplishment Rasmussen had was introducing courtside seating for volleyball and basketball. The padded chairs were a new revenue stream for the Golden Eagles. They were a few chairs shy of selling out during volleyball, but only had a few takers during basketball season.
“The game was so much closer and so much faster that I think it intimidated a lot of people,” Rasmussen said.
The biggest things Rasmussen accomplished at LCCC happened behind the scenes, he said. That included reallocating and balancing the scholarship pool, and even increasing the dollars available to student-athletes.
“Some of our sports weren’t getting an acceptable amount of money compared to the competition we were playing,” he said. “Some sports had significantly more money available than the competition we were playing, and some had significantly less.”
“I wanted to get everyone on the playing field to be competitive and then create the expectation to win. Now, we have done some reallocation and increased the pool. Next year, there can be the expectation to be successful on and off the court.”
Rasmussen doesn’t leave his post until July 1. The school hasn’t announced an interim AD.
Rasmussen’s replacement will be the fourth AD since the school made the position a full-time job. Pete Cautilli (2013-15) left for a job in the athletics department at Temple University, while Scott Noble (2015-18) left to become the AD at NCAA Division II Western New Mexico University.