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Ehnes to retire as University of Great Falls Athletic Director

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University of Great Falls Athletic Director Gary Ehnes has decided to retire from his current role as head of Argonaut athletics.

“I've had a long career and I've decided to spend more time with my family and grandkids,” Ehnes said. “The group of coaches I've had to work with are the best in the business. We've come a long way together and Argo Nation is fortunate to have such a great staff that truly cares about the mission of the University, and the role athletics plays in that mission.”

A Great Falls native and C.M. Russell High graduate, Ehnes first came to UGF to start the softball program in 2004. He took over as athletic director in 2010 and oversaw the addition of men's and women's rodeo, as well as men's lacrosse.

“Gary approached his job as the athletic director the same way he coached our student athletes – he always gave 100 percent and put the University first,” said Dr. Eugene McAllister, UGF President. “We will find a new athletic director, but we will never be able to replace Gary Ehnes.”

Ehnes also oversaw the hiring of three additional full-time staff employees and facility improvements. The McLaughlin Center underwent a remodel and the locker rooms were improved under Ehnes.

“UGF has continued to make a difference in the community, and I'm confident it will continue to grow and expand under the new athletic director,” Ehnes said.

In addition to numerous All-Conference and All-American honorees, Ehnes led UGF athletes to lofty academic heights. The 2013-14 academic year saw 15 different UGF teams earn NAIA “Scholar-Athlete” recognition (3.0 team grade point average or higher).

During the 2012-13 academic year 64 students earned Academic All-Conference honors, and 30 were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Nine UGF teams earned Scholar-Athlete distinction that year.

In 2011 the women's basketball team led the NAIA with a cumulative GPA of 3.65, while the wrestling team has been the best in the NAIA two of the last three years.

Mr. Ehnes will remain involved in the University on a voluntary basis as a Special Adviser to the President.

“We have a lot of leaders in our athletic department, and they will step up,” McAllister said. “We will soon announce when the search for a new Athletic Director will begin.”

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