USC athletic director Mike Bohn has resigned, roughly 3½ years after he succeeded Lynn Swann within the high-profile job.
The college confirmed the 62-year-old Bohn’s resignation Friday.
The Trojans’ athletic division skilled a surge of success throughout Bohn’s tenure, which was headlined by USC’s profitable determination to maneuver to the Huge Ten in 2024 alongside longtime rival UCLA.
The long-struggling USC soccer group made a dramatic one-year return to nationwide title rivalry after hiring coach Lincoln Riley final 12 months, whereas the lads’s basketball group has made three straight NCAA match appearances beneath Andy Enfield.
In a letter to alumni and the college, USC president Carol Folt briefly thanked Bohn for his service “throughout a time of speedy transformation and development.”
“Over the past 4 years, the USC athletics division has reworked right into a nationwide powerhouse,” Folt wrote. “In our singular pursuit of excellence, I’m dedicated to making sure we now have the precise management in place to realize our targets. As a part of that dedication and as we put together to maneuver to the Huge Ten, we performed a radical overview of the athletics division, together with its operations, tradition, and technique. Having constructed a robust basis over the previous couple of years, now could be the time for brand new path grounded in our values and in experience wanted to satisfy our aspirational imaginative and prescient for Trojan athletics.”
Bohn talked about “ongoing well being challenges” in a press release to the Los Angeles Occasions about his resignation however supplied no clear purpose for the stunning transfer.
“After greater than 40 years of faculty athletics management, it’s the proper time to step away from my place as Director of Athletics on the College of Southern California,” Bohn mentioned. “I’ve devoted my life to serving student-athletes and advancing the enterprise of intercollegiate athletics. I’ll at all times be pleased with main this system out of essentially the most tumultuous occasions within the historical past of the occupation and at USC with a restored fame and nationwide milestone accomplishments.”
Bohn is the previous athletic director at Idaho, San Diego State, Colorado and Cincinnati. He left the Bearcats to take over a USC division that had struggled by years of scandal and NCAA sanctions whereas being led by a collection of former soccer gamers with little expertise in administration.
The veteran administrator largely appeared to get the Trojans again on a path to achievement. Together with vital progress for the soccer and males’s basketball groups, Bohn employed skilled coach Lindsay Gottlieb away from the Cleveland Cavaliers to guide the ladies’s basketball group, which posted a nine-win enchancment and made the NCAA match this spring in her second season.
The Related Press contributed to this report.