The Hilltopper Athletic Club (HAC) is the fundraising entity of Athletics. It is managed through the Office of Development and supported by a steering committee. Funds raised by HAC are deposited into the West Liberty Foundation and support student athletes in all of the 18 men’s and women’s sports. Fundraising efforts provide scholarships, support development needs and fund capital improvements.
Historically, the WLU Development office has raised over $15 million for athletics. By investing in scholarships, capital projects and the “Toppernation” experience, private support of athletics at WLU helps our Toppers reach championship levels.
- $5 million+ for West Family Stadium renovation
- $1 million+ for athletic scholarships
- $90,000 for baseball field improvements
- $70,000 for the new soccer field
- $30,000 for Toppernation buses to 4 straight Elite 8 men’s basketball appearances
Ed Pastilong joined West Liberty University in fall 2012 to assist with athletic fundraising.
“This is another exciting venture for West Liberty University as it continues to grow under its strong leadership — offering quality academics, top athletics and total student enrichment,” said Pastilong, who will be promoting the club.
A Moundsville native, Pastilong is known across the region as the former director of athletics at West Virginia University from 1989-2010. At the time of his departure, Pastilong had one of the longest-serving tenures of any athletic director at a BCS-level school.
He also was instrumental in gaining support to start the WVU Athletic Scholarship Endowment Fund, providing funds that have now grown to nearly $31 million and is the tenth largest athletic scholarship endowment in the country.
During his time at WVU, Pastilong directed 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 fullfledged member status in the league in 1995.
He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from WVU. As a Mountaineer football player, he lettered in 1964 and 1965, completing 37 of 115 passes for 728 yards and six touchdowns, despite playing with a debilitating shoulder injury.