RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) Castleton University is saying goodbye to its president this weekend, as Dave Wolk is retiring after 16 years at the helm. Wolk took over in December of 2001; since then, the school has nearly tripled the size of its athletic department, which now offers 28 varsity sports.
During his tenure, Castleton also completely rebuilt its athletic facilities, including the multipurpose "Spartan Stadium," which is set to be renamed for Wolk. On Friday night, the school honored him during his last athletic event as school president when the men's hockey team hosted rival Norwich.
Governor Phil Scott and Wolk's counterpart Richard Schneider were on hand for the puck drop. Afterward, the Norwich President unveiled a new hockey rivalry trophy the two schools will play for, named the Wolk Cup. It's a pair of fitting honors for the architect of Castleton's athletic renaissance.
"It's been great to go from ten to 28 sports," said Wolk. "We've got 700 student athletes, and it's added so much to the culture on campus, off campus here in Rutland, and it teaches them the whole value of teamwork. It's we not me, and you learn that through sports. You learn time management, and teamwork, and sportsmanship. And even if you're not going play in the NHL, it helps you in life. I mean, what a great laboratory for learning. I am lucky to be just kind of a passenger on the journey."