Pitt-Johnstown and Mike Castner
have parted ways.Castner, who began as interim athletic director in September 2001 when Ed Sherlock retired, assumed the full-time duties of athletic director in June 2002.
On Wednesday afternoon, Castner
was told that his
services were no longer required by the university.
"They told me Wednesday that I was terminated," Castner
said."I have nothing else to say at this time.""I'm able to confirm that he's no longer with the university," UPJ spokesman Bob Knipple said about Castner.
...Castner was first hired by UPJ in 1978 as a building manager and the school's first athletic trainer.He also has served as the women's cross country coach as well as a first aid and CPR instructor.Joining a conference was one of Castner's key goals when he was hired as athletic director and he accomplished that in March 2006 when UPJ joined the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The athletic teams at UPJ
played for their first conference titles this school year.UPJ
expanded its program base in August 2005 under Castner
, adding three sports - women's soccer and men's and women's golf - as well as creating the position of assistant athletic director, which include the duties of NCAA compliance coordinator and senior women's administrator.UPJ
currently has 11 athletic programs - five men's sports and six women's sports.The men play basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and golf.
Women compete in basketball, cross country, soccer, track, volleyball and golf.Castner was also an integral part of the hiring of Lady Cats basketball coach Sasha Palmer after longtime coach Jodi Gault stepped down in 2007.