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Missouri To Hire Jim Sterk As New Athletic Director

Jim Sterk is leaving San Diego State to become the athletic director at Missouri.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri has found its new athletic director, Jim Sterk.

The news broke Monday afternoon that Sterk, who has been the AD at San Diego State since 2010, would be the next in charge in Columbia. The news was first reported by Bill Pollock of Missourinet radio network and later confirmed by several media outlets as well as San Diego State.

“Jim has made extraordinary contributions to the success of SDSU’s athletics teams,” San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman said in a press release announcing Sterk’s resignation. “I am grateful to Jim and his family for their service to the university community and wish them great success in their new endeavor.”

San Diego State announced Sterk would begin as Missouri’s athletic director beginning Sept. 1. He takes over the job vacated by Mack Rhoades, who left to take the same position at Baylor. 

Missouri has not announced Stark’s hire, which must be approved by the University System Board of Curators. The board announced a meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Sterk, 60, was named the athletic director of the year by the National Association of College Director of Athletics. He was previously the athletic director at Washington State and Portland State after stops at Tulane University, Seattle Pacific, the University of Maine and North Carolina. 

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