Jerry Bovee is in his eighth year as Director of Athletics at Weber State University. He began his position in September 2009.
In his time at Weber State, Bovee has been influential in several key improvements to the athletics program. He started the Champions Club with six initial donors that provide needed resources designed to enhance the athletic programs.
In addition, Bovee has overseen growth in fundraising and facility upgrades. Several key facilities have been improved during his tenure. Each of Weber State’s 16 sports have benefited from facility improvements primarily in Stewart Stadium and at the Dee Events Center. In addition, the tennis facility has been enhanced as well as the creation of a state of the art indoor practice facility for men and women’s golf. The Marquardt Fieldhouse opened in 2013 and provides student-athletes opportunities to work year-round indoors. The facility also includes a state of the art strength and conditioning room, a training room and team rooms as well as rehabilitation areas. Future improvements are planned at Stewart Stadium geared toward improving the fan experience and football operations.
Bovee has overseen growth in season ticket sales in football and men’s basketball. In addition, he has restructured the marketing and promotions operations for athletics, which has increased the corporate sponsorship base by over a half of million dollars since 2009. Bovee led the initiative in 2012 to update the athletic logo and mascot in an effort to enhance the branding opportunities for Weber State Athletics.
In 2011, Bovee was appointed to the NCAA Committee on Academics and continues to serve in assisting the NCAA’s initiative to improve graduation rates of student-athletes for all Division I schools. He exhibits leadership and commitment to improving the student-athlete experience for each of the over 300 student-athletes at Weber State through a continued commitment to developing opportunities for student-athletes to excel in the classroom, the community and the competitive arenas.
In 2008, Bovee assisted in the completion of the yearlong NCAA re-certification process for the Wildcats serving as chief report writer and liaison to the NCAA Peer Review Team. In addition, he has successfully supervised the initiative to improve the Academic Performance Ratings for Weber State’s 16 athletic teams.
During Bovee’s tenure with the Wildcats, Weber State has captured several conference championships. The Wildcat men’s basketball team won the Big Sky title in 2010, 2014 and 2016 and twice advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Weber State women’s cross country team has captured four Big Sky titles and advanced to the NCAA Championships all four seasons. The men’s tennis team has won three straight conference regular season titles and the WSU softball team won the Big Sky title in 2016 and advanced to the NCAA Championships in 2015 and 2016.
Under his direction, the Wildcat football team has twice advanced to the FCS playoffs, competing in 2009 and 2016. The Wildcat men’s track and field, men’s golf and women’s soccer teams have also captured conference titles. Several Wildcats have earned Big Sky All-Conference and All-American honors. Damian Lillard earned All-American honors and was drafted sixth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, and went on to be named the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year and twice has been named to the NBA All-Star team. Joel Bolomboy was also named MVP and was drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz.
Prior to being named Athletic Director in 2009, Bovee spent two years as the Assistant Vice President for Administrative Support Services at Weber State.
Before coming to WSU, Bovee served as Assistant Director of the Utah High School Activities Association where he supervised the sports of football, boy’s basketball, softball, tennis and wrestling. His duties included organization and management of state tournaments, coaches and officials education programs, sport rules interpretation and a myriad of other duties related to the administration and governance of sports and activities at the high school level throughout Utah. While at the UHSAA, Jerry served as vice-chair of the National Federation of State High School Associations football rules committee.
Bovee worked as Sales and Promotion Specialist and later as Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Promotions at Utah State from 1992 to 1995. In that role, he directed the corporate sales program for Aggie Athletics. In addition, he created group and corporate ticketing plans, in-game promotions and assumed other game-day operations duties for the Aggie athletic programs.
Bovee earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from Utah State University in 1992 and in 2010 he earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Weber State University. He was born and raised in Ogden and attended Ben Lomond High School.
Bovee and his wife Julie have four children: Jared, Ethan, Addison and Seth.