Following an odd, to say the least, last month or so, Missouri’s athletic department officially has a permanent new boss.
Following up on reports that had surfaced over the past couple of days, Mizzou confirmed Tuesday evening the hiring of Jim Sterk as athletic director. Sterk had served in the same capacity at San Diego State since 2010.
He had also previously held the same post at Washington State.
Thursday morning, Sterk will officially be introduced at a press conference.
“This is a wonderful day for Mizzou and Tiger fans everywhere,” interim chancellor Hank Foley said in a statement. “Jim’s leadership in intercollegiate athletics is unparalleled, and we are thrilled he is going to bring his talents, energy and passion for working with student-athletes to Columbia. He is just what Mizzou needs at this time.”
Mizzou launched a search for a new AD July 13 when Mack Rhoades left for the same job at Baylor. Rhoades was replaced on an interim basis by Wren Baker, who left late last week to take the AD position at North Texas.
Executive associate athletic director/senior woman administrator Sarah Reesman had served as Baker’s interim replacement for the past four days prior to Sterk’s hiring.
“My passion is building upon the successes of good athletic programs and helping to make them great,” Sterk said. “Whether it is guiding and mentoring student-athletes, working with coaches to ensure they have the resources they need or cheering with the fans, I realize that athletics is one of the most visible programs at a university. Mizzou’s recent entry into the SEC makes it highly visible, and I am excited about the opportunity to help continue to lead it on the national stage.”