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Big Eight seeks conference commissioner

Big Eight seeks conference commissioner

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The Big Eight Conference will seek a new conference commissioner to replace Eric Bertun, who will be moving on from the job effective June 30, according to a release Wednesday from the Big Eight athletic directors.

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“The Big Eight Conference would like to recognize Eric Bertun for his hard work, organization, and dedication serving our member schools in his role as conference commissioner for over a decade,” according to a statement in the release distributed by Madison Memorial athletic director Jeremy Schlitz, who serves as the Big Eight athletic directors’ secretary.

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“Eric has worked closely with athletic directors, conference commissioners, and area officials to provide opportunities for thousands of area athletes to compete. He wore many hats during his time and his dedication to the job was apparent to everyone he worked with. We would like to say a huge thank you to Eric and wish him the very best in all of his future endeavors.”

The conference has available a job description and instructions for submitting an application. The job is scheduled to be posted.

In general terms, the conference commissioner “shall be responsible for coordination of varsity level interscholastic athletic contests within the conference with input from the athletic directors as stated in the by-laws, conference procedures and regulations,” according to the job description. Duties include athletic schedules, officials, meetings and awards.

Interested individuals can send a letter and resume to Janesville Craig athletic director and Big Eight president Ben McCormick by May 28 (

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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