Mark Coyle
Mark  Coyle

Director of Athletics


Inside Gopher Athletics: Paying for the Athletes Village

In his latest addition to the Inside Gopher Athletics blog, Mark Coyle looks to correct a common misconception about how the Athletes Village will be funded


Inside Gopher Athletics: Scholarship Seating and Tax Changes

In his latest addition to Inside Gopher Athletics, athletic director Mark Coyle shares how changes to federal tax code may change how fans deduct their Scholarship Seating contributions, but how the importance of their support for student-athletes will never change


Inside Gopher Athletics: An Early Start for Big Ten Basketball

In the newest addition to the Inside Gopher Athletics, the department's administrative blog, Mark Coyle dives into the Big Ten playing men's basketball conference games in December


Inside Gopher Athletics: The Ultimate Investment

In the latest installment to the Inside Gopher Athletics blog, Mark Coyle touts the accomplishments of Gopher student-athletes as he tours the University of Minnesota's new Athletes Village


Gophers Post Record Grad Success Rate

Minnesota' 92 percent Graduation Success Rate is the highest in department history, eclipsing the department record set last year

Mark Coyle was named director of athletics on May 11, 2016.

Coyle, a former administrator at Minnesota, returned to Gopher Athletics after serving as athletics director at Syracuse University and Boise State University and as deputy athletics director at the University of Kentucky.

During his first year leading Gopher Athletics, Minnesota’s student-athletes recorded the highest grade-point average in school history, remained the top public institution in the country with respect to NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Public Recognition Awards and saw 300 student-athletes recognized as Academic All-Big Ten.

In addition, the Gophers won five Big Ten championships and had two teams (volleyball and women’s hockey) advance to the Final Four. Additionally, men’s hockey won its sixth straight regular season conference title, a Division I men’s ice hockey record and men’s basketball engineered the largest turnaround in Division I last season and returned to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Overall, the department once again finished in the Top 30 of the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, which measures athletics success across all sports.

Coyle hired four new Gopher head coaches during his first 15 months at Minnesota (Brandon Eggum, wrestling; PJ Fleck, football; Catrina Thompson, women’s tennis; and Jamie Trachsel, softball) and helped his Golden Gopher Fund staff secure major gifts to support construction of the new Athletes Village, which is scheduled to open up in January 2018.

Prior to returning to Minnesota, Coyle guided Syracuse during a year in which both the field hockey and men's cross country programs won national titles, the men's soccer team qualified for the College Cup, and both the men's and women's basketball teams competed in the Final Four. The Orange also won five Atlantic Coast Conference titles under Coyle's watch during 2015-16 season.

While at Boise State, Bronco Athletics’ teams posted the highest grade-point average in school history, with 18 teams setting team GPA records and more than 72 percent of student-athletes maintaining a 3.0-plus GPA. Four Boise State teams (football, women's golf, women's tennis and volleyball) earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA in 2015 for their multi-year APR scores.

Athletically, Boise State won 12 conference championships under Coyle's leadership, including football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's gymnastics, women's swimming and diving and men's tennis. 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.

Prior to taking over as AD at Boise State, Coyle served in several roles in the athletics department at University of Kentucky, first as an associate athletics director for fundraising and development. He was quickly promoted to senior associate athletics director for external affairs, a position he held for four years before being named deputy director of athletics. At University of Kentucky, Coyle contributed to raising more than $140 million in annual donations and capital pledges and served as a sport administrator for multiple teams including men's basketball, volleyball, and men's and women's golf. Coyle managed football and men's basketball scheduling, oversaw hiring of head coaches and support staff, and was involved with recruits during campus visits. In 2011, he oversaw the men's basketball program as it advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

A former football student-athlete, Coyle graduated from Drake University with his bachelor degree 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 and his wife Krystan, a physical therapist, have three children, Grace, Nicholas and Benjamin.

University of Minnesota Athletic Directors

Athletic Directors:
2002-12: Joel Maturi
2012-15: Norwood Teague
2015-16: Beth Goetz (Interim)
2016-: Mark Coyle

Women's Athletic Directors:
1974-76: Belmar Gunderson
1976-81: Vivian M. Barfield
1981-82: M. Catherine Mathison (Interim)
1982-88: Merrily Dean Baker
1988-02: Chris Voelz

Men's Athletic Directors
1922-30: Fred Leuhring
1930-32: H.O. Crisler
1932-41: Frank G. McCormick
1941-46: Lou Keller (Acting)
1945-50: Frank G. McCormick
1950-63: Ike J. Armstrong
1963-71: Marshall J. Ryman
1971-88: Paul Giel
1988-89: Holger Christiansen (Interim)
1989-91: Rick Bay
1991-92: Dan Meinert (Interim)
1992-95: McKinley Boston
1995-99: Mark Dienhart
1999-02: Tom Moe


Whalen Names First Two Members of Coaching Staff

4/23/2018 - W. Basketball

Minnesota women’s basketball head coach Lindsay Whalen has announced the first two members of her staff in Kelly Roysland and Carly Thibault-DuDonis as assistant coaches.

Fiser Earns Second Straight B1G Weekly Honor

4/23/2018 - Softball

For the second straight week sophomore right-hander Amber Fiser has earned Big Ten weekly honors, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. Posting a perfect 3-0 weekend...

Gophers Welcome Fans to Athletes Village

4/23/2018 - General Release

After opening new facilities to its student-athletes and staff this winter, Gopher Athletics will toss open its doors to fans for the largest event hosted in Athletes Village since it opened

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