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David Sayler named Miami University's 16th athletic director

12/12/2012

David Sayler
David Sayler
David Sayler, leader of the University of South Dakota intercollegiate athletic program for the last two-and-a-half years, has been named Miami University's 16th director of athletics, Miami President David Hodge announced today (Dec. 13).

The 43-year-old Sayler brings experience from eight different collegiate athletic programs. He begins his new duties in early January 2013.

“It was quickly apparent that David’s values align strongly with Miami – putting the student-athlete first, insisting on the highest levels of integrity, and being fiercely competitive,” said Hodge. “He has deep experience at a variety of universities and has been a sitting AD. I look forward to his leadership advancing our intercollegiate athletics.”

“I have always admired all that Miami stands for and to have the chance to lead the department into the future is very exciting,” said Sayler. “RedHawk fans should take pride in the commitment to excellence that President Hodge and the board of trustees have made in regards to Miami athletics. Revenue generation will be the key to our future and I am anxious to begin working with our tremendous alumni base to make that future as bright as it can be.”

As South Dakota’s athletic director, Sayler emphasized the improvement of the student-athlete’s overall experience. Among his accomplishments were securing USD’s 2012 membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and leading the way for USD’s Master Facilities Plan, which includes new facilities for basketball, outdoor track and field, and soccer.

Coyote student-athletes posted a grade-point average of over 3.1 during Salyer’s time and USD won the Summit League’s Institutional Academic Achievement Award in 2011-12.

Prior to joining USD, Sayler served as senior executive athletic director at Rice University for four years. Sayler also has served two years in senior athletic administration at Oregon State University and four years at Bowling Green State University. In addition, he has been an integral part of the athletic staffs at the University of Houston, the University of Hartford, the University of Georgia and the University of Connecticut.

Sayler earned a bachelor of arts in accounting from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1991 and a master's degree in sports management from the University of Connecticut in 1996. See more on the Miami RedHawks website.

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