RETIRED — Educator, Coach, Athletic Administrator
Born and raised in Chisholm, Minnesota, Joel Maturi is a retired educator, coach and athletic administrator. He served 20 years as a high school coach and administrator before entering college athletic administration at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, serving as an Assistant/Associate Athletics Director for nine years. Joel then served two years as the Director of Athletics at the University of Denver and four at Miami (Ohio) University before being named the Director of Athletics at the University of Minnesota in 2002 until his retirement in 2012.
He helped merge the Men’s and Women’s Athletic Departments at Minnesota and was the first director at Minnesota of the men and the women. Joel assisted in bringing football back to campus with the building of a new stadium in 2009 in addition to opening new tennis, women’s hockey, boathouse and baseball facilities during his tenure.
Joel served on several NCAA and Conference Committees, including the NCAA Management Council and Chair of the NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Committee. He presided as Chair to the Big Ten Athletic Director’s as well as the Directors of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Joel received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, completed credits for a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned a Master of Educational Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. He has been married to Lois for 47 years, and they have three adult children, Mark, Katie and Anne, and five grandchildren.