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The summer hiring of Terry Tumey as Fresno State’s new athletic director has been followed by a shake-up in the department’s top ranks.
Steve Robertello, who served as the interim athletics director and was a finalist for the job that Tumey landed, was reassigned in August. He now is the special assistant to the vice president for student affairs and enrollment management, the university said Thursday.
Robertello came to Fresno State in 2012 after more than 10 years at Washington State, where he rose to associate athletic director.

Paul Ladwig (Fresno State Photo)

Ladwig, Kriebs Put on Paid Leave

Paul Ladwig, an athletic department administrator since 2005, has been on paid leave since Sept. 6. A university spokeswoman said that his employment will end June 7, 2019.
Ladwig joined the Bulldogs in 2005, following then-athletic director Thomas Boeh from Ohio University.

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Ladwig served as the senior associate athletics director for external communication since 2011. He previously was the associate athletics director over external relations and broadcasting.
He kicked off the news conference announcing the hiring of Tumey on June 25, 2018.
An 18-year department veteran, John Kriebs, also went on paid leave on Sept. 6. His ending date with Fresno State is June 24, 2019, the university said.
Kriebs most recently was the associate athletics director for internal operations.
Carl Ueland, vice president of the Bulldog Foundation, said Ladwig’s departure took him by surprise.
“I liked Paul, he was a pretty good guy. It’s the new athletic director’s choice, but I don’t know what his rationale was,” Ueland said.

Fresno State Turnover

President Joseph Castro dismissed Boeh in 2014, hiring Jim Bartko later that year. Bartko resigned last November amid controversy.
Fresno State hired Tumey, a former NFL executive and UC Davis athletics director, from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

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David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email