Mark Coyle was named Director of Athletics on Dec. 1, 2011. During his tenure, he has recently hired head football coach Bryan Harsin, negotiated a new multi-year agreement with head men's basketball coach Leon Rice, hired a new women's soccer coach, Jim Thomas, from the University of Washington, hired a new men's and women's track and field and cross country coach, Corey Ihmels, from Iowa State University, and has seen the Bronco Athletic teams post the highest grade-point average in school history each academic semester.
In addition to the academic success, the Broncos have won multiple conference championships, including football, women's gymnastics, women's swimming and diving and and men's tennis. Several teams have advanced to NCAA postseason play, including men's basketball, women's gymnastics, men's tennis, wrestling and men's and women's track and field.
The 2012 football season set a season ticket sales record and men's basketball attendance increased more than 38 percent for the 2012-13 season. Additionally, the department successfully negotiated future home-and-home football games with Florida State University, the University of Virginia and Oklahoma State University.
The 2013-14 academic year will see new changes to the Bronco Athletic Association, including a new priority point system that will reward season ticket holders and financial gifts to the athletics department. Coyle also implemented a new strategic plan for the department - centered on developing student-athletes 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.