Under the leadership of Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Wetherbee, the Eastern Michigan University department of athletics turned in extremely successful campaigns in each of his four years at the helm. The 2019-20 season saw plenty of triumphs both on the field and in the classroom despite battling adverse conditions. Eastern won three MAC team titles and 11 individual league championships before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled the entire spring sports season.
During Wetherbee’s first year at EMU in 2017-18, the department took home two of the Mid-American Conference’s top three institutional awards – the Cartwright Award and the Reese Trophy. The Cartwright Award is given for program excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship, while the Reese Trophy is for the top men’s athletic program in the league.
The 45-year-old Wetherbee was named to the position at EMU on June 26, 2017. A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., has more than 20 years of collegiate athletic administrative experience with a track record of enhancing every department he has served.
He has spent 20 years on the senior or executive staffs at five athletic departments, including EMU, MSU, East Carolina University, San Diego State University, and Fresno State University.
Named one of College AD’s 2017 NEXT UP honorees, Wetherbee was picked as one of 13 senior level administrators who were believed to be ready to take the next step by some of the most respected athletic directors in the industry.
Wetherbee arrived in Starkville, Miss. after spending 10 years as an assistant athletic director at East Carolina where he directed the department’s marketing and ticket operations.
From 2002-03, Wetherbee served as the assistant athletic director for ticket operations at San Diego State University.
Prior to his stint at San Diego State, Wetherbee spent three years at Fresno State, serving as assistant athletic ticket manager from 1999-2000 before being promoted to athletic ticket manager in 2000.
Wetherbee got his start in athletics as a ticket office intern at Mid-American Conference rival Western Michigan University before spending two years as a graduate assistant in the Ball State University athletic ticket office.
Wetherbee earned a Bachelor’s degree in sports administration from Ball State in May 1997. He started his collegiate career at Ferris State University as a student-athlete on the baseball team before the program was discontinued. He and his wife, Tracy, have two children: Taylor and Spencer.