University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler named Mark Coyle as the next director of Gopher Athletics on May 11. Coyle, 47, was Associate Athletic Director for External Relations at the University of Minnesota from 2001 to 2005 and returns after serving as athletics director at Syracuse University and Boise State University and as deputy athletics director at the University of Kentucky.
A former football student athlete, Coyle graduated from Drake University with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1991. He earned his master's degree in teaching from Drake 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.
Coyle's contract is for five years with a base of $850,000.
“It’s an absolute grand slam. I’ve known Mark for 15, 20 years. From an experience perspective, national contacts in the industry, he’s absolutely the total package.” - Craig Thompson (B.A. 78), commissioner of the Mountain West Conference, commenting on the U’s hire of new athletics director Mark Coyle.