WSU tabs interim AD; search committee coming

ANNE McCOY, a highly regarded member of Washington State Athletics' senior administrative team, will act as interim athletic director at WSU until a replacement for Jim Sterk is hired, WSU President Elson Floyd announced Saturday. Floyd also said he was forming an advisory committee to assist in the search for the new AD, and hopes to have ID'd a "successful candidate within the next month."

McCoy has been at WSU eight years. She is a senior associate athletic director and the senior woman administrator, overseeing all aspects of the athletic department budget along with supervising the business office, equipment operations, football operations and computer services.

She has been a long-time confidant of Sterk's. Prior to WSU, she worked with him at Portland State as senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, and the University of Maine, where she was associate director of athletics/finance and administration.

As for Sterk, who will be formally introduced as San Diego State's new athletic director on Monday, Floyd said: "We appreciate the contributions that Jim Sterk has made to WSU during his tenure as athletic director. Jim has done great things at WSU, and our athletic programs are stronger because of his leadership. He has positioned WSU Athletics in such a way as to continue a high level of competitiveness and excellence within the Pac-10 and across the nation. Jim has done an outstanding job for our university, and we wish him all the best in his new position.

"Under Jim's leadership, our competitiveness within the Pac-10 Conference and the graduation rates and academic performance of our student-athletes has been greatly enhanced. He has raised the performance of WSU Athletics during his decade of leadership, and the future of Cougar Athletics is bright indeed. Our objective is to continue to advance the academic and athletic performances of our student-athletes under the next athletic director."

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