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It appears Minnesota has found their new athletic director in current Syracuse AD Mark Coyle

Minnesota has found their new athletic director in current Syracuse AD Mark Coyle.

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Coyle is currently the director of athletics for Syracuse University where he has been since June 2015. Prior to Syracuse, he served as athletics director at Boise State University and as deputy athletics director at the University of Kentucky.

Coyle, 47, served as Associate Athletic Director for External Relations at the University of Minnesota from 2001 to 2005, where he was responsible for managing the marketing and sales unit, athletic communications, the ticket office and licensing. Under his guidance, the marketing staff was recognized as the top marketing staff in the Big Ten Conference.

Coyle is visiting campus Wednesday to interview with the search committee, and meet with coaches and other leaders in Gopher Athletics, faculty, and senior university leaders as part of the final steps of a comprehensive national search.

Some things to know about Coyle from Syracuse.com's Nate Mink:

1. Oversaw an athletic department reeling from an NCAA investigation

Chancellor Kent Syverud spoke of a desire for the new athletic director to be meticulous in NCAA compliance.

Coyle was hired three months after the NCAA sanctioned Boise State following rules violations in five of its sports, including football. Boise's probation ended in September, and now Coyle is walking into a department that was just placed on five years' probation and will need to provide annual reports to the NCAA on its compliance progress.

Boise kept its nose clean under Coyle, who juiced up compliance funding and hired more staff.

2. Helped Boise State reach a New Year's Six Bowl

Boise didn't rise to power under Coyle. A solid foundation was already in place including multiple BCS appearances.

But credit must go to Coyle for keeping Boise among the elite of the Group of Five conferences. Despite having little-to-no shot at a chance at a national title under the new College Football Playoff format, Boise earned a spot in a coveted New Year's Six bowl in the first year of the new system — with a new head coach. More on that later.

3. Served as deputy AD at Kentucky and helped oversee men's basketball

More than ever, an athletic director is judged by his ability to open up revenue streams, and Coyle cut his teeth doing so at Kentucky, where he helped bring in more than $140 million in donations and other funds.

That he later worked closely with John Calipari and the men's basketball program is a bonus given the importance of SU basketball as the athletic department's flagship program.


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