The tournament will return to Boise for the ninth time in 2018
Mark Coyle was named Director of Athletics on Dec. 1, 2011. During his tenure, Bronco Athletic teams have posted the highest grade-point average in school history, with 18 teams setting team grade-point records and more than 70 percent of the student-athletes above a 3.0.
Since his arrival, Coyle has hired five head coaches, including head football coach Bryan Harsin and head men's and women's track and field and cross country coach Corey Ihmels.
In Harsin's first year, he guided the Bronco football team to victories in both the 2014 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl and the 2014 Sports Authority Mountain West Football Championship. The Broncos defeated 10th-ranked Arizona 38-30 in the Fiesta Bowl Dec. 31, to cap a 12-2 season. The team's victory in the MW Championship gave Boise State its first outright league title since 2009. Harsin was also named a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Awards, and for the Dodd Trophy, given annually by the Bobby Dodd National Coach of the Year Foundation.
Ihmels, a two-time Big 12 Coach of Year from Iowa State University, guided the Broncos' women's outdoor track team to an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships in his first year, the highest finish in school history. He then guided the women's cross country team to an 11th-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championship, also the highest finish for the program in school history.
The Broncos have won multiple conference championships, including football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, women's swimming and diving and men's tennis. Several teams have advanced to NCAA postseason play, including men's basketball, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, men's tennis, wrestling, and men's and women's cross country and track and field.
Boise State captured football, men's basketball and women's basketball conference championships during 2014-15, the only Football Bowl Subdivision school in the country to accomplish the feat.
The department successfully negotiated home-and-home football games with Florida State University, the University of Virginia, Oklahoma State University and Oregon State University.
Additionally, the department was selected as a host site for the first and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA men's basketball championship, marking the first time the institution has hosted the event since 2009.
Coyle also introduced the priority point system for the Bronco Athletic Association, which rewards season ticket holders and financial gifts to the athletics department. All told, the Bronco Athletic Association has raised more than $40 million since his arrival. In addition, the department was able to secure a $12.5 million naming gift from Albertsons to name the football stadium Albertsons Stadium in the spring of 2014 and the department renegotiated the multi-media marketing rights agreement with Learfield valued at more than $42 million in guaranteed revenue.
Due to record fundraising, the department has completed several capital projects, including a new, state-of-the-art football complex, a new video board at Albertsons Stadium, renovation of the men's and women's basketball practice courts, a new outdoor football practice field, a new softball stadium, a new outdoor track and field facility and several locker room renovations for multiple Olympic Sports. Additionally, the academic center is being renovated to better meet the needs and demands of the student-athletes.
Coyle also implemented a strategic plan for the department - centered on developing student-athletes and staff to be leaders academically, athletically and in the community.
He came to Boise State from the University of Kentucky, where he served as the Deputy Director of Athletics.
In that role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of an $83 million, self-sufficient, 22-sport athletics department. He served as the sport administrator for men's basketball and volleyball, and also handled the management of scheduling contracts for football and men's basketball.
While at Kentucky, fundraising reached record levels in annual seat donations and capital pledges, improving facilities for multiple programs, including football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, men's and women's track and field, softball, baseball and rifle.
During his time at Kentucky, the athletics department's operating budget increased $28 million. Additionally, Coyle oversaw the day-to-day management of the multi-media rights agreement with IMG College, valued at more than $78 million.
Coyle joined the University of Kentucky from the University of Minnesota, where he served nearly four years in a number of capacities, most recently as Associate Athletics Director for External Relations. In this role, he oversaw the corporate sponsorship and suite sales of Gopher Sports Properties, marketing and promotions, athletics communications, video services, the ticket office, licensing and gophersports.com.
As a member of Minnesota's executive management team, Coyle was responsible for assisting with the supervision of the day-to-day operations of the department, including creating and implementing the athletics budget, hiring coaches, administrators and staff.
Prior to joining Minnesota, Coyle was the Vice President of the Collegiate Sports Division at Host Communications, Inc. Coyle helped manage multi-media marketing rights agreements with several Division I universities and conferences, including the University of Kentucky, the University of Texas, Florida State University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Notre Dame and the Southeastern Conference.
In addition, Coyle gained valuable experience in ticket operations at Florida State University and the University of Miami (Fla.).
Coyle (11/11/68) received his bachelor's degree in English from Drake University in 1991. He earned his master's degree in teaching from Drake University in 1992 and a master's degree in sports administration from Florida State University in 1993.
He is married to Krystan, who is a doctor of physical therapy, and they have three children - Grace, Nicholas and Benjamin.