Sports buff Greg Weghorst ’03 lives out his dream job as assistant commissioner of the American Southwest Conference
By James Stafford
In November, the Crusader football team defeated Texas Lutheran University to win its seventh straight conference championship. Not surprisingly, a lot of attention and praise went to Coach Pete Fredenburg and his players. Few stopped to consider the man handing Fredenburg the trophy.
Greg Weghorst ’03 did not always know what he wanted to do, but he was certain that his dream job would have to involve sports. A career as a professional athlete looked unlikely (though he is quick to point out that in college he and his intramural softball teammates were two-time champions), so Weghorst turned to journalism and the student newspaper.
“I have really fond memories of late nights writing for The Bells,” Weghorst said. “It helped me a lot. I had never really done much writing before that, and it gave me a chance to write different kinds of articles.”
One of the greatest advantages of his position at The Bells was that it allowed him to build important relationships, especially with the staff of the university’s athletic department.
“I got to really know Jon Wallin, UMHB’s sports information director,” Weghorst said. “That relationship ledto me interning under him during my senior year.”
Weghorst’s work on the student paper helped him land a job at the Temple Daily Telegram after graduation. He worked for the paper nearly three years. Then one day he got a call from his mentor, Wallin.
“He had gotten wind that there was a position opening up at the ASC, and he tipped me off to it.”
Weghorst was hired as the director of media relations for the American Southwest Conference (ASC) in 2006. In 2010 the title and scope of his position was expanded. Along with managing the conference’s media relations, Weghorst would take on the role of assistant commissioner of the American Southwest Conference.
With the new job, Weghorst was now responsible for handling the ASC’s award programs, as well as managing all of the conference’s championship events.
“I handle everything from making sure the conference website is up-todate to picking the players of the week,” Weghorst said. “Anything statistical, every game and box score goes through me.”
So does his background as a Crusader make it hard to remain unbiased, overseeing the conference in which his alma mater competes?
“I have learned over the years, especially working for the paper, how to be neutral towards Mary Hardin-Baylor,” Weghorst said. “I do get teased about it, though. It is hard not to get happy about UMHB’s success.”
Impartiality aside, when asked for the favorite memory of his time with the ASC, Weghorst doesn’t hesitate.
“Being at home in front of UMHB and being able to hand that conference championship trophy to Pete Fredenburg,” he answers. “Seeing a team come to fruition like that was great.”
It was, like many others for Weghorst, a good day to come to work.
“Every day I know that my job is going to revolve around sports. It gives me energy knowing that sports are not a hobby. It is what I do.”