Syracuse University has announced Mark Coyle, former athletic director for Boise State University, has been named as its new athletic director. Coyle will assume the position July 6.
According to SU, Coyle has been selected following a comprehensive national search, and was recommended to Chancellor Kent Syverud by the Director of Athletics Search Committee, which Syverud appointed in early April.
“Mark has an outstanding record as a director of athletics and is known throughout the country for his professional accomplishments,” Syverud stated. “His strong academic values, and commitment to the welfare of student-athletes, combined with his record of achievement in fundraising, make him the right person to lead Syracuse University Athletics forward at this important time for the university.”
Coyle has come to the university amidst recent controversy, following an almost decade-long investigation into the school’s athletics program, which found evidence of academic misconduct, extra benefits for athletes, as well as other violations, according to a March report released by the NCAA.
As a result, Syverud had reassigned SU’s former athletic director, Daryl Gross, to the position of vice president and special assistant to the chancellor, as well as adjunct professor at the school.
However, on the contrary, SU said, during Coyle’s tenure at Boise State, the school’s athletic teams posted the highest grade-point average in school history, with 18 teams setting team GPA records, and more than 72 percent of the student-athletes earning above a 3.0.
In addition, “Boise State has won 12 conference championships under Coyle’s leadership, including football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, women’s gymnastics, women’s swimming and diving, and men’s tennis,” SU officials stated.
“I am truly impressed with Syracuse University’s athletics program, and I am honored to have been selected athletic director,” said Coyle. “Throughout my career, I have been committed to developing student-athletes, and athletics staff to be leaders, both inside the classroom, and on the court and playing fields. I recognize that Syracuse University student-athletes, coaches, athletic staff, and fans are among the best in the country. I am eager to work beside them, and look forward to becoming a part of Orange Nation.”
Prior to joining Boise State, Coyle had served in management positions in athletics departments at schools including the University of Kentucky, University of Minnesota, and the University of Miami.
USA Today reported he had earned a salary of $333,000, and a bonus of $120,000 in 2013.
Daryl Gross earned $848,662, total, in 2013.
Coyle will also have to pay Boise State a $75,000 buyout for the remainder of his contract, according to reports.
SU officials said he will move to the Syracuse region later this summer with his wife and three children.