The University of Louisiana at Monroe has hired a new athletics director.

Brian Wickstrom, the AD at the University of California-Riverside has been tabbed by ULM President Dr. Nick Bruno to head the department of athletics.

Wickstrom was the AD at UC Riverside for only two years but has athletics experience at the FBS level, having served as the associate athletics director at UTEP prior to his move out west.

Wickstrom build a good reputation quickly on the west coast, and Bruno is hoping he can build the ULM athletic department, which has the smallest budget of any school at the FBS level.

Wickstrom's appointment is pending approval by the UL System Board of Supervisors.  He replaces Bobby Staub, whose contract was not renewed.