The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has named an interim athletic director after Amy Edmonds was moved to the position of associate athletic director.
Randy Marnocha was named interim athletic director effective Monday, according to an announcement released Friday.
“Randy Marnocha is a familiar member of the Warhawk family. He served our campus for 27 years in various capacities, including 2006 until 2010 as vice chancellor for administrative affairs. He then took a position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Athletic Department as associate director for business operations,” Chancellor Beverly Kopper said.
Edmonds previously served as associate athletic director.
The change comes after former UW-Whitewater wrestling coach Tim Fader filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he was inappropriately fired for reporting a sexual assault to Whitewater police and not his campus supervisors.
Kuhl said Monday that Edmonds' change in status has "absolutely nothing to do with Tim Fader's lawsuit."
A statement released Monday by Fader's attorney, Stan Davis, said they don't know if the demotion is connected to his case.
"We are hopeful that this is the first step in UW-Whitewater taking ownership of not only its inappropriate treatment of Coach Fader, but its failure to properly address alleged sexual assaults in general in recent years," the statement said. "One person was rewarded with a promotion for failing to address a sexual assault and the other was fired for reporting the next one to the police.
"This has been an unfair process which has had a destructive impact on Coach Fader, his career and his family, and it is time for UW-Whitewater to make this right by him."
Fader sued Edmonds and the school’s former chancellor for unlawfully firing him and actively conspiring to keep him from getting another job.