Boise State wasted no time finding its new athletic director — and it’s a familiar face. The university officially introduced Curt Apsey on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s great to be back,” said Apsey, who returns to the Broncos after almost a year as the athletic director at Carroll College in Helena, Mont.
He replaces Mark Coyle, who left Boise State to lead the athletic department at Syracuse. Coyle’s departure was announced Friday.
Apsey’s contract was approved Tuesday by Boise State’s trustees on the State Board of Education, according to a news release from Boise State. The contract is similar to Coyle’s, with a base salary of $331,500 plus a series of incentives..
Apsey, 53, served in the Boise State athletic department as senior associated athletic director from 1998 to 2014, serving as interim athletic director for four months before Coyle officially took over in January 2012. Apsey was known at Boise State as an excellent fundraiser, heading campaigns to build athletics facilities such as the Caven-Williams Indoor Sports Complex, the Stueckle Sky Center, the Arguinchona Basketball Complex and the Bleymaier Football Center. In April, Carroll won the Frontier Conference’s Bandy Award, which is handed to the league’s top athletics program each academic year. The Fighting Saints’ football team went into the postseason ranked No. 1 in the NAIA.
Apsey is the fifth athletic director in Boise State history, joining Lyle Smith (1968-81), Mike Mullally (1981-82), Gene Bleymaier (1982-2011) and Coyle (2012-15). All but Coyle had previous positions in the Broncos’ athletic department. Coyle was officially introduced at Syracuse on Monday. The athletic department’s leadership has turned over quite a bit since Bleymaier was fired, and Apsey’s return represents a solid connection between a former era and the current one.
Apsey and his wife, Teresa, have two daughters, Sofia and Madison, who played last season as a freshman on the Carroll women’s soccer team.