SAN DIEGO - Jim Sterk was officially announced as the new athletic director at San Diego State University's on Monday.
KREM 2 Sports reported on Friday night that Sterk had accepted the position with the Aztecs, but no official statements were made.
"I'm thrilled with this opportunity and looking forward to taking SDSU to the next level of success," said Sterk in his press conference. "We want to build a program that the university, the community and all Aztecs fans can be proud of."
Sterk served as the athletic director at Washington State University for nearly ten years. Prior to his hire at WSU, he served as AD at Portland State University from 1995 to 2000. He brings 24 years experience in athletics administration performing a variety of roles.
Asked about how he would attract more fans to Aztecs games and create more revenue for the department, Sterk responded:
"Division I athletics is an important tradition at San Diego State and increasingly a big part of the SDSU student experience," said Sterk. "We are going to build on that tradition and reach out to students, staff, alumni and the entire community."
Sterk is expected to begin work at SDSU in early March. Terms of his contract are being finalized and are not yet available.
Washington State will conduct a national search for Sterk's replacement. One of the front runners is expected to be former University of Oregon athletic director Bill Moos. He played football for WSU from 1970-1972 and has been actively involved with the school since.
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