DHR competes search for athletic director of Syracuse University

June 23, 2015

SYRACUSE, NY (June 23, 2015) - Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce the successful placement of Mark Coyle as Athletic Director for Syracuse University. The search was completed by Global Leader of the Sports Practice, Glenn Sugiyama, and Executive Vice President, Pat Richter.

“This was an efficient and a very thorough search,” said Chancellor Syverrud. “It was a committee that listened carefully to the community as part of the process. It was also, as Steve [Ballantine] said, a search that attracted very strong candidates. Part of the reason for that is the proud history, going back more than a century, of Syracuse University athletics.”

"Mark is a terrific man with an unbelievable track record who is going to do great things to continue to build the brand at Syracuse, much like he did at Kentucky and Boise State,” said John Calipari, head men’s basketball coach at the University of Kentucky.

Mark Coyle comes to Syracuse after serving as the athletic director at Boise State University since December 2011. Prior to joining Boise State, he spent seven years at the University of Kentucky, serving as deputy athletics director at Kentucky from 2010-11.  He also spent time at the University of Minnesota and began his career at the University of Miami.  Between his roles with Miami and Minnesota, he worked at Host Communications for seven years, serving as the VP Collegiate Sports Division in his last job at the company.  Coyle played on Drake University’s football team while earning a BS in 1991.  He later completed his MS in Sports Administration at Florida State University.

"Syracuse is a special place. I think sometimes when you're in Syracuse and you're in it day in and day out, you sometimes lose sight of what this program represents nationally and internationally," said Coyle. “It's a special place because of its history and tradition.”

“I also want to thank Glenn Sugiyama and Pat Richter; these things are very complex and these jobs are very competitive,” said Coyle. “I can’t tell you how honest and forthcoming the search committee was with me and how Glenn and Pat were throughout the entire process, and I hope you guys know much I appreciate that, so thank you to both of you.”

About Syracuse University:

Syracuse University is a private, co-educational, urban university dedicated to advancing knowledge and fostering student success through rigorous scholarship and transformative research. SU has a long legacy of excellence in the liberal arts and professional disciplines that prepares students to achieve personal and professional success and make a difference in the world. http://syr.edu/.

For more than 25 years DHR International has been a leading, privately held provider of executive search solutions with more than 50 wholly-owned offices spanning the globe. DHR’s renowned consultants specialize in all industries and functions in order to provide unparalleled senior-level executive search, management assessment and succession planning services tailored to the unique qualities and specifications of our select client base. For more information on DHR International, visit www.dhrinternational.com