Jan. 4, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Don Oberhelman, a Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Compliance and Student Services at Southern Miss, has resigned to accept a position within the San Diego State University Department of Athletics.
SDSU athletic director Jeff Schemmel announced yesterday the hiring of Oberhelman as senior associate athletic director and chief operating officer. He will begin his duties at San Diego State on Feb. 1.
"Leaving Southern Miss is very difficult, both professionally and personally," said Oberhelman. "I am leaving a great position and have made friendships here that will last a lifetime. I would like to thank Mr. Giannini for granting me the opportunity to serve this outstanding university. I look forward to my duties and the challenges that they will bring at San Diego State."
Oberhelman has served in a variety of roles during the past five years at Southern Miss, including most recently as the senior associate athletic director. Among his many duties, Oberhelman has overseen all services as they relate to the student-athlete, including the student-athlete enhancement program, life skills, strength and conditioning and sports medicine. In addition, he has been in charge of compliance, student-athlete financial aid, the NCAA certification process and eligibility. He currently has served as the sport administrator for the men's basketball program.
"I am extremely excited for Don," said Southern Miss Athletics Director Richard Giannini. "We certainly hate to lose him; however, this is an opportunity he just could not pass up. He did a tremendous job in reorganizing our compliance and academic program and will be missed. He is a great friend, who will be an athletic director shortly."
Oberhelman takes to SDSU more than a decade of experience, having worked at institutions in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big 12 Conference and Conference USA.
"I am thrilled that Don Oberhelman has chosen to become part of the Aztec team," Schemmel said. "I have known Don and respected his great work for some time. His tenures at Florida State, Texas A&M and Southern Mississippi have given him diverse and comprehensive experience in many facets of major college athletic administration, which will benefit San Diego State greatly. In addition, he is a quality person who cares about those around him. We can't wait for him to get started."
Oberhelman began his professional career in athletics at Florida State where he served as a compliance assistant from 1995 to 1998. He then served as the education coordinator at Texas A&M from 1998 to 2002, before departing for Southern Miss.
Oberhelman earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State in 1993 and his master's degree from Florida State in 1996.