Syracuse University Magazine

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An Orange Nation Welcome

New Director of Athletics Mark Coyle is a native of the Midwest, but he’s been familiar with the Orange and the Carrier Dome since the early days of the Big East and cable TV sports. “Growing up in Iowa, I remember watching Syracuse basketball on ESPN,” he said. “I felt like this institution was on TV every night.”

Coyle shared that recollection at a June 22 press conference on campus, when he and his family were officially welcomed by Chancellor Kent Syverud and the University community. He arrived in Syracuse from Boise State University in Idaho, where he’d served as athletic director since 2012.

“I am confident that Mark is the right leader for Syracuse University Athletics,” Chancellor Syverud said, citing Coyle’s career-long commitment to strong academic values and the welfare of students, as well as his fundraising expertise. “Mark has helped students find success in sport, in the classroom, and in the community. He is consistently focused on developing students to their fullest potential, along with building a nationally competitive athletics program.”

Coyle, a 1991 graduate of Drake University in Iowa where he lettered in football, holds master’s degrees in teaching from Drake and in sports administration from Florida State University. He was recommended to the Chancellor by a search committee headed by SU Life Trustee Steven Ballentine ’83. Prior to joining Boise State, he held positions in the athletic departments at the University of Kentucky and the University of Minnesota. “My expectations are simple,” Coyle said. “I want to make sure that we provide a nationally competitive, broad-based program that focuses on every student-athlete. We’re going to get our degrees, and we’re going to compete for championships.”  —Jay Cox

Photo by Michael J. Okoniewski, SU Athletic Communications