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Dutch Belnap retires as Weber State athletic director

September 25, 1997

OGDEN, Utah (AP) _ Gordon ``Dutch″ Belnap on Thursday announced his retirement as Weber State’s athletic director, effective Oct. 31.

John Johnson, who was hired in January to succeed Belnap, will take over Nov. 1.

Belnap had indicated he would leave prior to April 30, 1998, when his contract with the school expires.

During Belnap’s tenure, the Wildcats’ men’s basketball program was sanctioned for violating NCAA rules.

But Allen Simkins, vice president for administrative services who oversees the athletic department, said Belnap will be remembered for improving the department’s physical facilities.

``The work Dutch has done will be in place and recognized for a long time,″ Simkins said.

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