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Mark Coyle was named Director of Athletics at Boise State University on Dec. 1, 2011.
Since his arrival, the department has reached new heights under his strategic plan -- centered on providing a nationally-competitive, broad-based program focused on developing student-athletes and staff to be leaders academically, athletically and in the community.
In the classroom, Bronco athletic teams have posted the highest grade-point average in school history, with 18 teams setting team GPA records and more than 72 percent of the student-athletes above a 3.0. In addition, Boise State placed the most student-athletes in the conference on the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete team in the fall of 2014.
Four Boise State athletic teams (football, women's golf, women's tennis and volleyball) earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in 2015 for having multi-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores in the top-10 percent of their respective sports, tied for the most in the Mountain West and the most in school history.
This marks the fifth-straight year the Bronco football team has received this national award. Boise State joins Clemson, Duke, Northwestern and Rutgers as the only Football Bowl Subdivision teams to post an APR score in the top-10 percent each of the past five years. The award was the second straight for women's golf.
Athletically, Boise State has achieved historic success department-wide. Coyle's dedicated commitment is reflected in the 12 conference championships claimed by the Broncos. Those conference champions include football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, women's swimming and diving and men's tennis.
Additionally, several teams have advanced to NCAA postseason play, including men's basketball, which received the school's first NCAA at-large bid (2013 and 2015), and the women's basketball team, which earned the automatic bid in 2015.
During the 2014-15 academic year, Boise State was the only Football Bowl Subdivision school in the country to win football, men's basketball and women's basketball conference championships. Additionally, men's tennis and women's gymnastics also won league championships, giving the Broncos a total of five conference championships for the year.
Coyle has successfully hired five head coaches, including Jim Thomas (women's soccer), Dan Potter (men's golf), Cindy Ball (softball), Corey Ihmels (track and field / cross country) and Bryan Harsin (football).
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 VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, to cap a 12-2 season. The team's victory in the Mountain West Championship game gave Boise State its first outright league title since 2009.
Ihmel's, a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year from Iowa State University, guided the Broncos' women's outdoor track and field team to an eighth-place finish at the 2014 NCAA Championship, 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.
Coyle has negotiated home-and-home football games with some of the top programs in the country, including Florida State University, the University of Virginia, Oklahoma State University and Oregon State University. In addition, the men's basketball team has played at the University of Kentucky, the University of Wisconsin, North Carolina State University and has a future match-up with the University of Arizona.
Coyle also secured the 2018 NCAA men's basketball championship first- and second-round site for Boise State. This marks the first time the institution has hosted the event since the 2009 season.
Known for his success in fundraising, Coyle enhanced revenue to the department with the successful implementation of the Priority Point System for the Bronco Athletic Association. All told, the Bronco Athletic Association has raised more than $40 million since his arrival, including multiple seven-figure gifts and a $12.5 million naming gift from Albertsons to name the football stadium Albertsons Stadium.
Furthermore, Coyle renegotiated the multi-media marketing rights agreement with Learfield Communications valued at more than $42 million in guaranteed revenue for the department.
As a result of the record fundraising, the department has completed several high profile capital improvements, including a new state-of-the-art football complex, a new video board at Albertsons Stadium, renovation to 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 was renovated to better meet the needs and demands of the student-athletes.
Coyle currently serves on the governing board of the Collegiate Sports Summit, is the athletic director representative on the Mountain West Executive Committee and serves as the Mountain West football liaison between the conference office and the head football coaches.
Prior to arriving in Boise, Coyle served as Deputy Director of Athletics at the University of Kentucky. During his tenure, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of an $83 million self-sufficient, 22-sport department. In addition, under his leadership, Kentucky athletics reached record fundraising levels, securing more than $140 million in annual donations and capital pledges that resulted in the construction of multiple facilities impacting all 22 sports. He also supervised the men's basketball program, which advanced to the 2011 NCAA Final Four.
Coyle joined the University of Kentucky from the University of Minnesota, where he served in a number of capacities, most recently as Associate Athletics Director for External Relations. Under his guidance, the marketing staff was recognized as the top marketing staff in the Big Ten Conference and he successfully negotiated a multi-media marketing rights agreement with Learfield Communications.
Prior to joining Minnesota, Coyle served as Vice President of the Collegiate Sports Division at Host Communications, Inc. He gained valuable experience in negotiating and managing multi-media marketing rights agreements with several Division I universities and conferences, including the University of Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, the University of Texas, the University of Kentucky, the University of Tennessee and the Southeastern Conference.
In addition, Coyle gained valuable experience in ticket operations at Florida State University and the University of Miami (Fla.).
A former football student-athlete, Coyle (11/11/68), graduated from Drake University with his bachelor's in English 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.
Coyle is married to Krystan (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and they have three children -- Grace, Nicholas and Benjamin.
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