New A.D. Coyle And His Family Welcomed To Syracuse University

Jun 22, 2015 |

"What a great day!"

So said Steven Ballantine, a Syracuse UniversityTrustee and the chair of the Director of Athletics Search Committee. It was a fitting four words for the press conference welcoming Mark Coyle and his family to Syracuse.

Coyle, his wife Krystan, and their three children Grace, Nicholas and Benjamin, were all on hand along with a standing-room only, overflow crowd in the Iocolano-Petty Wing's Football Auditorium. Coyle, who most recently served as director of athletics at Boise State, looked right at home with an orange tie on. By the end of the press conference, Grace, Nicholas and Benjamin were wearing orange hats with a blue "Block S" above the bill.

Barry L. Wells, Special Assistant to the Chancellor, opened the event with welcoming comments and then introduced Ballantine. The search committee chair noted the exhaustive work his group had put in to ensure that the committee would conclude its deliberations by recommending excellent candidates to Chancellor Kent Syverud, who was charged with the final decision.

"This was an efficient and a very thorough search," said Chancellor Syverud. "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 a proud history, going back more than a century, of Syracuse University athletics.

"I am confident that Mark is the right leader for Syracuse University Athletics."

"I want to thank Chancellor Syverud for this opportunity," said Coyle. "I can't tell you how excited me and my family are to be at an institution with such an outstanding academic reputation, to be at a school with such a phenomenal sports background, and I can't tell you how excited we are to be here and to help this program grow and do even better things in the future."

Coyle indicated his familiarity with Syracuse University and its athletic program before taking media questions.

"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. "When this opportunity became open, I can't tell you how quickly I picked up the phone and called Glenn (Sugiyama, from the search firm DHR International), because I knew this was a special place. It's a special place because of its history and tradition.

"It's a special place that's going to go through transition, but I promise that I'll give you every ounce of energy I have to help this program continue to improve and grow. My expectations are simple: 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. I want to make sure everyone understands that, and I'll talk clearly with our staff and our coaches, that we want to have a broad-based program that competes at the highest level in the ACC. We are very excited about that process."

He brings with him an impressive resume of intercollegiate athletic administration which includes a lengthy tenure at Kentucky, capped by four years as deputy director of athletics, and Coyle's close to four-year stay as director of athletics at Boise State. Coyle directed a 20-sport athletics program affiliated with the Mountain West Conference at Boise State. The department included more than 425 student athletes.

Bronco teams won 12 conference championships during his tenure. Boise State's teams posted the highest grade-point average in school history, with 18 squads setting GPA standards and more than 72 percent of the student-athletes earning above a 3.0

Coyle proved to be a successful fundraiser as well. The Bronco Athletic Association raised more than $40 million in capital gifts and annual donations. He renegotiated the multi-media rights marketing rights agreement with Learfield Communications, valued at more than $42 million in guaranteed revenue at the department.

A football student-athlete at Drake, Coyle served in adminstrative roles at Miami, Host Communications and Minnesota prior to his appointment at Kentucky.

Coyle officially begins his new role at Syracuse on July 6.


Syracuse Directors of Athletics


Mark Coyle


Dr. Daryl Gross


John "Jake" Crouthamel


Lester Dye


James Decker


Lew Andreas


Les Bryan 


Cy Thurston


Walt Smith


Murray Stedman



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