WEST LIBERTY - When President Robin C. Capehart announced the West Liberty University capital campaign during Homecoming Weekend 2012, he delighted sports fans as he also introduced special consultant Ed Pastilong to the hilltop.
The director of athletics at West Virginia University from 1989-2010, Pastilong is now assisting campaign coordinator and West Liberty University Development Director Angela Zambito-Hill and Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler in their fundraising efforts.
A Moundsville native, Pastilong spearheaded WVU's growth into one of the nation's finest intercollegiate athletic programs during his tenure with the Mountaineers.
"As a visionary and successful athletic director, we could find no one better than Ed Pastilong. Our students will benefit from his involvement and I thank him for his willingness to share his talents with us," Zambito-Hill said.
Pastilong will focus on athletic fundraising.
While at WVU, he helped create a positive student-athlete experience through a successful total athletic program. At the time of his departure, Pastilong had one of the longest-serving tenures of any athletic director at a BCS-level school.
During his time in Morgantown, Pastilong oversaw more than $65 million in facility renovations, witnessed the athletic department's budget increase from $20 million to more than $50 million, steered WVU into the Big East football conference in 1991 and full-fledged member status in the league in 1995, the school's first association in a major athletic conference.
He also initiated the Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll, where nearly 4,000 student-athletes have been recognized for outstanding work in the classroom.
Pastilong solicited financial support to start the Athletic Scholarship Endowment Fund, providing a perpetual source of funding for athletic scholarships that has now grown to nearly $30 million.
The facility upgrades and capital improvements under Pastilong's watch were termed "staggering" by WVU's communications office at the time of his induction into its 2012 Hall of Fame.
Since 1989, WVU has made tremendous strides to its football facility, Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Suites on three sides of the stadium, Touchdown Terrace, the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility, new locker rooms, the Academic Center and the Hall of Traditions highlighted the transformation of the WVU football complex into one of the nation's finest.
Other facility improvements under Pastilong's tenure include renovations to the WVU Coliseum and Hawley Field, the construction of Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium, Cary Gym for Mountaineer gymnastics, a state-of-the-art wrestling facility and a basketball practice facility.
Pastilong joined the WVU athletic department as football recruiting coordinator in 1976 and two years later became its scholarship officer. In 1979, he was named assistant athletic director for facilities and operations. He spearheaded the planning and management of all home athletic contests, as well as the scheduling and the maintenance of the Coliseum and stadium. Pastilong also was on the board for the planning and building of Mountaineer Field.
He remained director of athletic facilities until his promotion to associate athletic director in 1987. He has served as director of athletics emeritus at WVU since his retirement in 2010.
Prior to joining the WVU administration, Pastilong was football coach at Scott High in Madison, W.Va., and at Salem College. While at Salem (1969-75), his Tigers won more games than any other WVIAC team. Pastilong also served as the school's Dean of Health and Physical Education from 1972-75.
He received his bachelor's degree from WVU in Physical Education in 1966 and later earned a master's degree from WVU. A two-year letterman at quarterback for the Mountaineers in the mid-1960s, Pastilong completed 37 of 115 passes for 728 yards and six touchdowns despite playing with a debilitating shoulder injury.