Coyle A Home Run Hire for Syracuse

Mark Coyle, formerly the Athletic Director at Boise State, was a big hire for Syracuse. We discuss the reasons why he will succeed.

Mark Coyle is the new Athletic Director at Syracuse as was announced on Friday. Coyle has spent the last four years at Boise State in the same position. Upon review of Coyle's resume, it's quite clear why Syracuse pursued him and ultimately made the decision to hire him.

Football Background

Coyle is a former football player himself at Drake University. So he can relate to the football student-athletes at the college level. Beyond that, he has been the athletic director at Boise State during a period when their football program has had a lot of success.

From 2012-2014, the Broncos put up records of 11-2, 8-5 and 12-2. He hired Bryan Harsin to replace Chris Petersen. Harsin helped Boise State achieve a 12-2 record during his first season at the helm, including a Fiesta Bowl win over 10th ranked Arizona.

Coyle has successfully helped Boise schedule big name opponents including Florida State, Virginia, Oklahoma State and Oregon State.


Coyle's background includes a lot of successful fundraising within the athletic departments in which he worked. At Boise State, he implemented the Priority Point System for the Bronco Athletic Association. He helped them raise over $40 million during his time there. He also negotiated a marketing rights agreement valued at over $42 million in revenue.

As Deputy Director of Athletics at Kentucky, he ran the day-to-day operations of 22-sport athletics department with an $83 million budget. He also helped fundraising levels reach a record $140 million in annual donations and capital pledges. That led to the constructions of new facilities utilized by all 22 sports within the department.

Academic Success

During his time at Boise, student-athletes posted the highest grade point average in school history. In fact, 18 of their teams set individual team records for GPA. Seventy-two percent of Boise's student-athletes posted a GPA above 3.0.

Four Boise teams earned awards from the NCAA for having APR scores in the top 10% of their sports (football, women's golf, women's tennis and volleyball). Boise State's football program received that award each year under Coyle. Ten teams recorded a perfect 1,000 APR for the previous academic year.

Athletic Success

Under Coyle, Boise State has won 12 conference championships including football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, women's swimming and diving and men's tennis. Boise State was the only FBS program to win football and men's and women's basketball conference championships.

He helped oversee the men's basketball team to achieve their first ever NCAA at-large bids in 2013 and 2015. The women's basketball team earned their bid in 2015.


With the success Coyle has overseen at Boise both in athletic competition and in the classroom, this is a great hire for Syracuse University. Given the NCAA sanctions they have received, bringing someone in with such a strong academic program will only help with their academic reputation.

Additionally, Coyle has proven success fundraising, which will help improve the facilities and other amenities within the athletic department for all sports. This is a critical function of the Athletic Director, and one Coyle should be able to do quite well.

Coyle's history overseeing a successful football program and helping to build the basketball program are also critical. Syracuse football is currently in rebuilding mode, and Coyle has shown the ability to build a program and how to run a winning football program. That combined with success in olympic sports makes Coyle's athletic background quite strong.

Syracuse made a strong move on Friday, tabbing Coyle as the man to lead the athletic department into the future. With a strong resume and reputation, fans of the Orange could not have asked for much more.

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