Now in his third year with Ferris State University Athletics, Craig Wotta serves as the school's Assistant Athletics Director/Manager of Facilities.
Wotta, who brought more than 15 years of management experience to FSU and spent the majority of his professional career at the University of Michigan, directs, manages and coordinates all facility operations, including serving as the manager for Ferris State's Ewigleben Sports Complex and Ice Arena. He also serves as the department's primary contact with the university's physical plant and has specific oversight of budget, staffing, programming, revenue production and maintenance for athletics facilities.
Prior to FSU, Wotta had served as the director of the One On One Athletic Club in Ann Arbor since October 2012. In that role, he supervised operations of a fitness club with more than 3,500 members and was instrumental in a leadership position overseeing member activity, staff management, housekeeping and retail stations.
Prior to this employment at the One On One Athletic Club, Wotta received significant experience at the NCAA Division I level as the manager of the University of Michigan's Yost Ice Arena from 1998 to 2012. While at Yost Ice Arena, he was responsible for facility operations, scheduling, programming, maintenance and budget control along with overseeing a facility management intern program which allowed students in Michigan's Kinesiology program to gain experience by assisting the Yost Arena staff.
During his tenure at Michigan, Wotta managed operations for one of the country's most historic venues in the 6,800-seat Yost Ice Arena. He also developed, administered and monitored an annual budget in excess of $700,000 while selecting, training and supervising a 25-person staff. His stint also included the direction of the building's profit centers such as merchandise, food service, marketing and the business office in addition to being the event manager for Michigan's home ice hockey contests.
While administering the arena's intern program, Wotta helped train over 120 students in facility/event management and placed 43 into full-time positions within the field. He also served on the executive committee and directed all event operations for NCAA regionals hosted by Yost Ice Arena in 1998, 2002 and 2003.
Wotta, who begin his tenure as the assistant manager at Yost in 1997-98, was the ice/operations manager for The Big Chill played outdoors between UM and Michigan State at Michigan Stadium in 2010. The 23-month preparation period culminated in an all-time hockey attendance record of 104,173 fans. He also helped create a week-long celebration of hockey in conjunction with the event which saw the ice booked over the span with high school games, youth and adult contests, sponsor skates, alumni and media events and more.
A 1991 graduate of the University of Michigan, Wotta worked as a football manager and served as an intern in the athletic department for Yost Ice Arena, media relations and development as an undergraduate student. He returned to Michigan and Yost Ice Arena in 1997 after working in various ice facilities in Mount Clemens, Bay City and in Washington, D.C.
Along with working at Michigan, Wotta also received experience as a marketing intern with the Detroit Tigers, an administrative assistant/training camp intern with the NFL's Detroit Lions along with being a public relations manager for BJ Noyes Production, an event management company.
Wotta received training from the University of Michigan School of Ice Arena Management and the UM Foundations of Supervision. He's also attended Michigan Arena Managers Association seminars. Along with his work as a facility director, he's also been a registered Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) baseball and basketball official and chosen as an official for the 2009 MHSAA State Baseball finals.
Wotta has two sons, Drew and Zachary.