Boise State introcuded Kentucky Deputy Athletic Director Mark Coyle as its new athletic director Thursday evening at the Allen Noble Hall of Fame.
The Statesman reported the news earlier Thursday afternoon.
"Mark brings senior-level experience from two nationally-recognized programs, and we believe he is the ideal choice for this important position at Boise State," Boise State President Bob Kustra said in a release. "Mark is a rising star in this profession. He will bring best practices from his school and conference experience, both Big 10 and Southeastern, to the business of running an athletic department in these very complicated times."
Said the 43-year-old Coyle, who attended the press conference with his wife, Krystan: "I wanted to be at a school that is considered a destination and not a transition. I see Boise State as a destination."
Coyle is currently the deputy athletic director at Kentucky, where he has worked since 2005 in several different roles. He served as the associate athletics director for fundraising and development from 2005 to 2006, then he was the senior associate athletic director for external affairs from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, he became the deputy athletic director, responsible for overseeing the prestigious men's basketball program.
This is Coyle's first time as athletic director. He interviewed for the athletic director position at the University of Cincinnati earlier this year.
He was at the University of Minnesota from 2001 to 2005 in several roles in the athletic department. Coyle played football at Drake, where he got an undergraduate degree and a masters in teaching. He also got a masters from Florida State in sports administration.
The new hire replaces long-time athletic director Gene Bleymaier, who was fired in August and left the job in September.
Curt Apsey has been serving as the school's interim athletic director. He is expected to remain in the department.
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