The University of San Diego announced Wednesday that athletic director Ky Snyder has been promoted to a campus-wide executive position, and a national search will begin for someone to head the Toreros’ sports operations.
Snyder, the athletic director at Alcala Park for a dozen years, will now oversee athletics, facilities, public safety, parking and campus scheduling, beginning Oct. 1. He added the facilities component to his job last year.
“I am excited to serve the University of San Diego in a new and expanded role,” Snyder said.
“Although I will miss the day-to-day interaction with our student- athletes, coaches and staff, I am energized by the vision of President (James) Harris and the opportunity to assist our students, faculty, staff and the USD leadership in fulfilling that vision,” he said. “Just like in Torero Athletics, USD has high goals as an institution. I look forward to my new role to assist us in achieving them.”
His tenure as athletic director has seen several highs and lows, as the football program launched the head coaching career of Jim Harbaugh, now at Michigan; the baseball team became a national power and a new ballpark was built; and the men’s basketball team scored a shocking upset of powerful UConn in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
The basketball team later became embroiled in a point-shaving scandal that landed several people behind bars, including star point guard Brandon Johnson. The NCAA found no wrongdoing on the part of school employees or other student-athletes, however.
In 2013, the football program self-reported several financial aid infractions and withdrew from consideration for that year’s Pioneer Football League championship. The violations were not of NCAA rules but policies of the PFL — in which schools don’t offer football scholarships.
USD joins San Diego State in searching for a new athletic director. Jim Sterk recently left the helm of the Aztecs program to take the same job at Missouri.
–City News Service
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