Cowboys Ahtletic Department Announces Five Promotions

From the desk of Tim Harkins

Laramie --  University of Wyoming Athletics has announced the promotions of five members of the UW Athletics staff.  Rachael Hulet was elevated to Associate Athletics Director for Budgeting and Financial Management.  Taylor Stuemky has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Success.  Brent Vernon is now the Associate Athletics Director for Football Operations.  Nick Seeman has been promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations and Public Relations, and Lonnie Penner has been elevated to Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Branding.

“When we have talented people in our department, we want to do whatever we can to retain and reward them for their service,” said Tom Burman, University of Wyoming Director of Athletics.  “These five individuals have done an outstanding job of making our program better in each of their areas.  We are happy to recognize them for their contributions to our athletics department and are excited about them continuing to be important members of our UW Athletics staff.” 

Hulet joined the UW Athletics Department in 2017 as the Assistant Athletics Director for Business Operations, overseeing the athletics department’s transactions, conducting annual performance reviews for accounting and office associates and submitting annual financial reports to the NCAA, EADA and UW Board of Trustees.  The fiscal year 2017 external audit resulted in its 19th consecutive year of clean NCAA audits. 

Prior to UW Athletics, Hulet served as a Senior Accountant at Grooms & Harkins, a certified public accounting firm in Casper, Wyo.  Hulet received her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2013 and her master’s degree in accounting in 2014 both from the University of Wyoming.  She also completed her licensure as a Certified Public Accountant.

Stuemky started at UW in 2013 serving as the Football Academic Coordinator for three years.  She received her first promotion in 2016 when she was named the Director of Academic Services.  Under her leadership, men’s basketball reached an all-time high grade-point average.  She also led efforts that resulted in UW Athletics being recognized by University Business Magazine as a 2017 Model of Excellence program in student-athlete leadership programming.  UW was one of only six institutions nationally to earn the award. 

Stuemky is a 2010 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where she competed on the volleyball team.  Her bachelor’s degree from UNC was in sport and exercise science.  She earned her master’s degree in counseling and student development from Kansas State University, serving as a football graduate assistant in the Academic Learning Center while in graduate school.

Vernon joined the Wyoming Athletics Department in 2009 as the offensive graduate assistant for Cowboy Football.  In 2011, he was named Director of Recruiting.  He became the Director of Football Operations in 2013, and was later elevated to Assistant Athletics Director before his most recent promotion to Associate A.D. for Football Operations.  Vernon is in his sixth year directing football operations for Wyoming Football and his 10th year overall at Wyoming.  He also previously served in the roles of Executive Assistant to the Head Coach and Assistant Director of Football Operations in 2012. 

In his current role, Vernon coordinates a variety of administrative duties for Cowboy Football, including: planning team travel, monitoring the football budget and helping coordinate team functions.  Vernon completed his bachelor of science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in management, at Missouri in December of 2008.

Seeman is in his sixth year at the University of Wyoming.  He was part of the UW Athletics Media Relations Office earning the 2017 Super 11 Award, which the Football Writers Association of America presents annually to the best performing sports information departments in the Football Bowl Subdivision. 

Prior to his time at Wyoming, he spent two years at Southeast Missouri State University.  He helped promote the baseball, volleyball and football programs at SEMO.  He also led the publicity efforts for Golden Spikes Award finalist Trenton Moses in 2012. 

A native of Maple Grove, Minn., he graduated from Wayne State College in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.  He earned his master’s degree from WSC in organizational management in 2011.

Penner began his career in collegiate athletics at Kansas State as a promo crew intern with the Fan Experience and Sales department.  He then spent two years at Liberty University as a Fan Experience and Promotions Assistant.  In July of 2017, Penner was hired by Wyoming Athletics as the Director of Fan Experience and Community Outreach. 

In his new position as Assistant Athletics Director, Penner serves as the primary marketing contact for football and men’s basketball, and is responsible for the oversight of the graphic design and marketing staff. He is also the sport administrator for the UW Spirit Program. 

He completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration from K-State, and a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Manhattan Christian College.  Penner earned his master’s degree in sport management from Liberty University in 2017.