Brock Anundson to serve as Alaska Nanooks athletic director

University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Dan White has named Brock Anundson to serve as the next director of athletics for the Alaska Nanooks.

Anundson was selected from a pool of four finalists after a national search led by Athletics Staffing and Consultants. He will start his new position on July 12.

“I want to thank the search committee for their efforts and the staff, faculty, students and community members who provided feedback on each of the candidates throughout the hiring process. I heard from many in the UAF and Fairbanks communities that Brock was the right leader for UAF’s athletics moving forward,” White said. “Brock has the experience and vision to lead our programs and to reignite the passion in the Fairbanks and UAF communities for your Alaska Nanooks.”

Anundson currently is the assistant director of athletics for internal operations and events at Black Hills State University in South Dakota, where he is responsible for overseeing administrative operations and multiple athletic facilities on the campus. He previously served as the program coordinator for the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and worked for four seasons in stadium operations for the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium.

Anundson is a former hockey student-athlete, playing four seasons with the University of Minnesota Crookston, where he still holds the record for career scoring. He signed with the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL for the 2005-2006 season before beginning his professional career in athletics administration. He has a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from the University of Colorado, and a doctorate in education leadership and innovation from Arizona State University.

Anundson said that UAF and Fairbanks are a great fit for him and his family.

“I want to thank Chancellor White, the head of the search committee, coaches, administrators, donors, the Fairbanks community and, of course, the student-athletes for the opportunity,” he said. “I am incredibly excited and honored to join the University of Alaska Fairbanks family and humbled to serve as the next director of athletics. Nanook athletics has a rich history and tradition and I look forward to the success that lies ahead.”

UAF is an NCAA Division II institution that sponsors 10 varsity sports. Men’s and women’s cross-country running, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s volleyball all compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Men’s ice hockey is the only Division I sport. Women’s swimming, men’s and women’s skiing and coed rifle all compete at a multidivisional level through the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference, the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association and the Patriot Rifle Conference, respectively.