Ferris State Names Brockelbank New Athletics Director

Ferris State announced Friday the hiring of Steve Brockelbank as its new athletics director.Steve Brockelbank

Brockelbank as vice president and director of athletics at Muskingum University, in New Concord, Ohio.

He replaces Perk Weisenburger who announced his retirement on May 21 after 11 years as Ferris State University’s athletics director, His retirement will be effective Oct. 1

A 1991 Eastern Michigan University graduate, Brockelbank holds master’s degrees from Grand Valley State University and Spring Arbor College.

“We are thrilled to welcome an athletic director with the experience and track record of success that we have found in Steve,” said Vice President for Administration and Finance Jim Bachmeier in a statement. “Ferris State Athletics has raised the bar for success, in athletic competition and the classroom, and we’re confident that Steve is the right person to take on leadership responsibilities in guiding our athletics efforts. In a pool of strong candidates, Steve stood out and made a great impression on our search committee and others involved in this hiring process.”

Brockelbank was announced as the new vice president and athletic director of Muskingum University in January 2018 after serving as an associate athletic director at Miami University, a Division I institution from the Mid-American Conference, based in Oxford, Ohio. At Muskingum, an NCAA Division III institution, Brockelbank leads a department with 55 coaches and staff members and manages all budget and personnel decisions. Serving on the president’s cabinet and senior leadership team at Muskingum, Brockelbank also contributes to the university’s enrollment and advancement efforts.

“I am honored and grateful to serve Ferris State University as the next Director of Athletics,” said Brockelbank in a statement. “I want to thank President Eisler, Vice President Jim Bachmeier, and the search committee for this opportunity. It was evident in the interview process that Ferris is committed to building champions academically and athletically. Ferris impacts students and student-athletes for a lifetime.”

Brockelbank competed as a three-year letter winner on the Eastern Michigan University football team and was an All-Mid-American Conference first-team selection in 1989 and a second-team pick in 1990. His success earned his spot on EMU’s 1980s All-Decade Team. Following his playing career, he was the head junior varsity football coach at Kenowa Hills High School, from 1991-92, before he moved up to the college level to become an offensive line coach at Wayne State University. He made another stop at Hillsdale College, where he was a coach for the Chargers football team and served as director of athletic facilities. He has had two tenures (1999-2004 and 2007-2014) at Ludington High School, serving as a teacher, varsity football coach, assistant principal, athletic director and more. From February 2004-June 2007, he joined the football coaching staff at GVSU, where he was assistant head coach, offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator winning national championships in 2005 and 2006. At Miami University (Ohio), Brockelbank served as associate athletic director for communications and administration and was associate athletic director for football, ice hockey, and women’s basketball.

A native of Jenison, Brockelbank and his wife, Heidi, have three daughters.