Cal Poly is set to introduce a new athletic director today, and there is a visitor from Southern California who could figure prominently.
The university has a news conference scheduled for noon today at the Performing Arts Center, where president Jeffrey Armstrong is scheduled to reveal his choice to succeed Alison Cone after her December retirement.
San Diego State senior associate athletic director Don Oberhelman was the last of three finalists when he interviewed in person last week, and a source close to the university told The Tribune that there was a reservation for Oberhelman at a hotel close to campus Sunday.
The other remaining finalist is Portland State athletic director Torre Chisholm. Indiana State athletic director Ron Prettyman announced Friday that he was remaining with the Sycamores.
The only one of the finalists who has not held a full-time athletic director appointment, Oberhelman spent a four-month period as the interim A.D. at San Diego State, where he’s worked since 2007.
Oberhelman also has connections with current and former Aztecs coaches and Cal Poly alumni LeCharls McDaniel and Ted Tollner.
He is the only finalist with experience in departments that house high-major programs.
Chisholm is the only candidate who has been in the trenches of both the Big West Conference, where most of Cal Poly’s sports compete, and the Big Sky Conference, where Mustangs football will begin play in 2012.
A UC Santa Barbara graduate who spent more than 15 years working in the athletic departments of the Gauchos and UC Irvine, Chisholm helped increase overall budget and scholarship spending since taking over at Portland State in 2007.
A California native, Prettyman has been the athletic director at Vanguard and Cal State Dominguez Hills and is in his fifth year at Indiana State.
He said Friday he was thrilled to remain at the Terre Haute, Ind., campus, where university president Dan Bradley said he would like to see Prettyman finish his career.
“I am fortunate to work for President Bradley and a Board of Trustees that understand the value of a quality athletics department in a quality university,” Prettyman said. “We have the best team of coaches and staff that I could ever want. Things are going very well in Sycamore Athletics, and I am very excited to be a part of it.”