The state Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting for this afternoon at 2:30 MT, meeting by teleconference, with just one item on its agenda: Boise State University athletic director. Former Director Mark Coyle is leaving after three years to head up the athletic department at Syracuse; the Idaho Statesman reported today that BSU is turning to a familiar face – Carroll College Athletic Director Curt Apsey, who was at Boise State from 1998 to 2014 when he took over at Carroll. Apsey, 53, was senior associate director and served as interim director for four months before Coyle took over in January of 2012.
Statesman sports reporter Dave Southorn writes that Apsey was known at Boise State as an excellent fundraiser, heading campaigns to build facilities including the Caven-Williams Indoor Sports Complex and the Stueckle Sky Center. At Carroll, he led the Fighting Saints football team into the postseason ranked No. 1 in the NAIA; Southorn’s full report is online here. Apsey will be the fifth athletic director in Boise State history, Southorn notes; previous ones were Lyle Smith, 1968-81; Mike Mullally, 1981-82; Gene Bleymaier, 1982-2011; and Coyle, 2012-15.
The public can listen in on the board’s teleconference meeting by calling (877) 820-7829, and entering participant code 9096313.