Monday, October 22, 2018
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Reports: USF to name UCLA's Mark Harlan athletic director

TAMPA — UCLA senior associate athletic director Mark Harlan will be named USF's new athletic director this week, according to multiple reports.

Harlan, a 44-year-old University of Arizona alumnus, has accepted the job, the Los Angeles Times and collegead.org reported late Saturday night.

Buzz has abounded on the USF campus since Friday that Harlan had been tabbed to replace Doug Woolard, who announced his retirement in January after 10 years. No news conference to announce a replacement has been planned, USF associate athletic director for communications Brian Siegrist said.

"We don't have any new information at this time," school spokesman Adam Freeman said Sunday.

Additionally, no new meeting of USF's six-person search advisory committee has been scheduled. The committee met once in mid February with Bob Beaudine, whose Texas-based search firm was hired by the university to vet all potential candidates.

No candidate was mentioned by name at that 35-minute meeting. On Wednesday, the school released the names of four formal applicants, but none were believed to be among the finalists vetted by Beaudine's firm.

Harlan has held administrative roles in four athletic departments including Northern Colorado, San Jose State and his alma mater, where he once served as a graduate assistant to then-Arizona football coach Dick Tomey.

His strength appears to be in fundraising and marketing. Harlan told the Los Angeles Times in a story published in October that the Bruins athletic program was coming off a record year in donations, with an increase in the donor base the past 16 months.

Harlan directed the final two years of the capital campaign toward the $132 million renovation of UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, according to his official bio on UCLA's website. A new $50 million football facility also is in the works.

As associate athletic director at San Jose State, he was credited with helping AD Tom Bowen resurrect and restructure a floundering sports program previously crippled by rampant academic ineligibility.

Harlan and Bowen raised $1.1 million for scholarships in 2005, according to the San Jose Mercury News, nearly a half-million more than was raised the previous year. In 2006, the football team — under Tomey — won its first bowl in 16 years.

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