Mark Coyle Named University of Minnesota Director of Athletics

May 12, 2016 03:47 PM

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has named Mark Coyle the new University of Minnesota Director of Athletics.

“I’m very excited to be here. It’s a very special day for us,” said Coyle.

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The announcement was made during a news conference Wednesday. Take a look at a clip below:

Earlier Wednesday, the former Syracuse athletics director was named the lone finalist for the University of Minnesota athletics director job, according to a release from university president Kaler.

“So the question is why Minnesota? It’s very simple. I’ve been in this for a long time. We love this place,” said Coyle.

The 47-year-old Coyle got emotional when speaking to the media about coming to Minnesota.

"It's a special place. I'm so honored to be here," said Coyle. “I can’t wait to work with the students, the coaches, and the staff at this great institution and do even better things.”

Syracuse announced Wednesday that Coyle was leaving Syracuse for family reasons. Coyle and his wife are from Iowa.

“We’re going to make decisions in the best interest of the student athletes and we will do everything we need to compete at the highest level athletically, academically,” said Coyle.

Coyle will be paid a base salary of $850,000 which is detailed in his employment agreement you can read here

Coyle has been director of athletics for Syracuse University, a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, since June of 2015. He served as director of external relations at Minnesota from 2001 to 2005. He was responsible for managing the marketing and sales unit, athletic communications, the ticket office and licensing.

He was also athletics director at Boise State University from 2011-2015 and a deputy athletics director at University of Kentucky.

The university fills the athletics director position after Norwood Teague resigned in August because of sexual harassment allegations. Beth Goetz has served as interim athletics director.

Jim Carter, a former Gophers football player and Green Bay Packer, says he’s “saddened” by the potential hiring of Coyle. 

Carter wonders why he would take a job in Minnesota when he’s been at Syracuse for less than a year.

“He’s not a Minnesota guy, he didn’t play football here, I don’t get it at all,” Carter said.

KSTP reporter Jessica Miles contributed to this report.


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