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Woolard not interested in Huskies' opening

Dougw Bulls fans need not worry: Athletic director Doug Woolard said Tuesday night he's not going anywhere, happy with the progress he's seen in four years with the Bulls and eager for more.

Woolard, 58, was contacted about the athletic director job at the University of Washington, but said Tuesday he wasn't interested in leaving USF and would not be pursuing the position.

"It's not something I'm interested in," Woolard said. "I'm really pleased with the infrastructure we've been able to put into place here, and I look forward to continuing to move our athletic department forward."

Woolard had connections with Washington, having hired Huskies men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar when he was athletic director at Saint Louis; he also worked at rival Washington State from 1988-94.

A priority for Woolard in USF's immediate future is upgrading the program's athletic facilities. Construction is ongoing this summer on a joint-use track facility to be shared with Hillsborough County that should be completed in August, in time for soccer season. The Bulls continue fund-raising efforts to upgrade the existing softball and baseball stadiums, as well as an ambitious renovation of the Sun Dome that would include a practice facility for USF's basketball programs.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:27pm]


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