Syracuse Names Boise State’s Mark Coyle New AD

Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Friday that the school has chosen Mark Coyle as its next director of athletics. Coyle currently heads up the 20-sport Boise State athletics department that has won 12 conference championships under his leadership while navigating an always shifting landscape of conference realignment.

Coyle replaces Daryl Gross who stepped down as AD on March 18. A search committee conducted a national search that resulted in the recommendation of Coyle to the Chancellor.

72% of the student-athletes at Boise State earned a GPA above a 3.0 while 18 teams set overall program GPA marks under Coyle’s watch. On the financial side of things, Coyle brought in $40 million in capital gifts and annual donations including $12.5 million earmarked for the football stadium. He also renegotiated the multi-media marketing rights agreement with Learfield Communications which will result in more than $42 million in guaranteed revenue to the BSU athletics department.

Coyle has worked in various roles at Kentucky, Minnesota and Miami as well as in sports marketing working with major college clients that included the SEC.

This looks like a good move on the surface and we’ll see how the fans react. Coyle will be formally introduced at a Monday event on the Syracuse campus.

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