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SU Names ESPN’s John Wildhack as New Athletics Director

By Staff


wildhackSyracuse University has named ESPN Executive Vice President  John Wildhack as its new director of Athletics.

Wildhack is an Upstate New York native and a 1980 alumnus of the university’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.

In addition, he spent 36 years in various roles at ESPN before accepting the position.

“To say this is a dream job would be a significant understatement,” Wildhack said in a press release. “Syracuse University played a profound role in my life’s trajectory, and I’m confident I wouldn’t be where I am without the education, and opportunities this institution afforded me. To help my alma mater, in particular Syracuse student-athletes, continue to excel and grow, especially in light of the enormous investments being made, and that have been made in its facilities, is a tremendous responsibility, and one I don’t take lightly. I am honored to have been selected, and I look forward to collaborating with the amazing coaches and staff, as we work to develop the whole student-athlete, inside and outside the classroom.”

“John is an entrepreneurial, outside-the-box leader who brings an unparalleled set of skills and experiences to the director of athletics position,” Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud said in a statement. “As a leader at ESPN, he has demonstrated a keen ability to identify and implement strategies aimed at elevating the entire organization. That record of success, combined with his extensive history of building and inspiring teams, will allow him to immediately and positively impact the lives of our student-athletes. This is a new day in the life of the Department of Athletics. I look forward to watching John, in collaboration with our talented coaches and staff, bring his bold vision for the department to life.”

Wildhack’s appointment follows the recent and abrupt departure of former athletic director Mark Coyle in May.

Coyle had succeeded Darryl Gross in the position in June, before accepting a position in a similar capacity at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that Gross had held the position for 11 years.

Wildhack’s last day at ESPN will be July 28, and he will begin the position at SU in mid-August.

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