Full-Time Gig

In an interview with owlsdaily.com in July, Temple interim athletic director Kevin Clark said he was not a candidate to take over the position on a full-time basis but would be a part of a search committee that expected to name a new AD next summer. Well, it seems Clark's desires as well as those of the Temple administration changed as Clark was named vice president and athletic director Friday.

In an interview with owlsdaily.com in July, Temple interim athletic director Kevin Clark said he was not a candidate to take over the position on a full-time basis but would be a part of a search committee that expected to name a new AD next summer.

Well, it seems Clark's desires as well as those of the Temple administration changed in a matter of months as Clark was named vice president and athletic director effectively immediately on Friday afternoon.

Clark replaces Bill Bradshaw, who retired at the end of June after overseeing Temple's move to the Big East Conference – now the American Athletic Conference – and hiring coaches which included Al Golden, Steve Addazio and Matt Rhule in football, Fran Dunphy in men's basketball and Tonya Cardoza in women's basketball.

"This is an incredible opportunity. I am thrilled and humbled to be taking on this key position at a school with an incredibly exciting athletics future," said Clark in a statement.

Clark came to Temple from Indiana with new president Neil Theobald a year ago as a senior advisor and became interim athletic director in addition to his other responsibilities when Bradshaw took a leave of absence prior to his official retirement. Clark and Theobald had worked together for 11 years prior to coming to Temple.

"Kevin's positions at Saint Louis and Indiana universities give him extensive first-hand experience in both the financial and managerial challenges of sports at the highest levels," said Theobald. "I believe he is exactly the person we need to take on the challenges our Athletics Department will encounter in the next decade."

Michael Aresco, commissioner of The American Athletic Conference, praised the hire.

"Kevin has impressed me with his financial experience and dedication to do what's best for students. I am certain he will hit the ground running and lead Temple's program to even greater heights," said Aresco. "He and Neil Theobald have a strong vision for Temple athletics and we are proud to have them and Temple in our reinvented conference."


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