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Boise State athletic director leaves for Syracuse

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Mark Coyle

Mark Coyle, formerly the athletic director at Boise State University, was named athletic director at Syracuse University in New York on June 19. Boise State replaced Coyle on June 23 with Curt Apsey, a long-time Boise State athletic department administrator who was athletic director at Carroll College in Montana.

Coyle, the sixth-highest paid Idaho state employee, had been at Boise State since late 2011, coming from an assistant athletic director position at the University of Kentucky.

During his time at Boise State, Coyle hired current Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin, who led the team to a Mountain West Conference championship and the school’s third Fiesta Bowl victory. This past year, the team’s men’s and women’s basketball teams also won their conference titles. Overall, Boise State won 12 athletic conference titles while Coyle led the department. The school has continued to make improvements to its facilities, including Albertsons Stadium, which gained its sponsorship from the Boise grocer last year, and Taco Bell Stadium.

Curt Apsey

Curt Apsey

Apsey was the interim athletic director at Boise State before Coyle was hired, following the departure of longtime athletic director Gene Bleymaier, who now holds a similar job at San Jose State University in California. Apsey was also the senior associate athletic director at Boise State for 16 years, before working at Carroll College for just one school year. Apsey’s contract with Boise State is similar to Coyle’s, the university said, with a base salary of $331,500, plus incentives if Boise State’s athletes hit certain academic marks or on-field milestones, such as conference titles or reaching post-season play or bowl games.

Syracuse picked Coyle after a nationwide search. In a statement, Syracuse Chancellor Kent Syverud praised Coyle’s athletic fundraising, academic and commitment to the welfare of college athletes. While Syracuse has a more storied history in top-level college football, the largest revenue-generating college sport, the school has been less successful in recent years. Syracuse has a national championship in football from back in 1959. The school has only made three bowl games in the past 10 years, while Boise State has been to a bowl game ever year since its 2002 season.

Coyle has also worked at the University of Minnesota, Host Communications, and in ticketing operations at Florida State University and the University of Miami.

Updated 6/23 with Boise State’s hiring of Curt Apsey.

About Brad Iverson-Long

Brad Iverson-Long is a reporter for the Idaho Business Review, covering banks, financial services, technology and new business.