Minnesota Names Coyle New AD

Following a nation-wide recruiting effort by Turnkey Search, Mark Coyle has been named Director of Athletics at the University of Minnesota. A former Gopher administrator, Coyle most recently served as AD at Syracuse University. Previously, he held the same post at Boise State University, and worked as Deputy AD at the University of Kentucky.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark back to the University of Minnesota,” said University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler in a recent release. “Mark’s previous contributions and experience in Gopher Athletics, combined with his leadership credentials at major athletic departments such as Syracuse, Boise State, and Kentucky make him the ideal candidate to lead Gopher Athletics into the future.”

For his part, Coyle is thrilled for the opportunity to return to his roots. “I am so honored to have the opportunity to return to the University of Minnesota and the Big Ten,” he said. “This is a tremendous athletics department made up of talented student-athletes and accomplished coaches. I loved my time in Gopher Athletics during an earlier part of my career and I look forward to leading the athletic programs of this great University.”

Commenting on the search, Kaler noted that “Turnkey Search did an extraordinary job assisting us in the hire of a new AD. Everything about the process and the outcome was customized exactly for what we needed. They ran the search to perfection. We’ve used other search firms, but Len, Gene, and the whole Turnkey staff are at the top of the list when it comes to strategy, management and industry expertise.”

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Turnkey Search is currently recruiting for a variety of institutions, properties and brands in sports and entertainment including Bowling Green State University (Director of Athletics) and Chicago’s United Center.

For more information on this search, please contact us.


Turnkey Search has been an industry leader since 1996, with a legacy of more than 1,000 executive search placements. Our success and differentiation is grounded in actual, hands-on operating experience in college sports (Gene DeFilippo) and professional sports and entertainment (Len Perna), supported by an experienced and diverse team of recruiters (led by Carolyne Savini and others) with unmatched subject matter expertise in sports and entertainment.



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