Colorado AD Mike Bohn resigns

Updated: May 29, 2013, 11:32 AM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Colorado athletic director Mike Bohn is resigning effective June 3.

Chancellor Philip DiStefano said Tuesday in a written statement that he had accepted Bohn's resignation. Reasons for the resignation weren't disclosed. When reached by The Associated Press, Bohn said he would comment later.

"Mike Bohn led CU-Boulder athletics in a time of great transition and change," DiStefano said in a written statement. "We are grateful to him for his vision, passion and commitment, and for his key role in revitalizing men's and women's basketball, helping us to join the Pac-12 Conference, and in taking important steps to upgrade athletic facilities at CU-Boulder. We wish him well."

DiStefano said he will appoint a committee in the coming days to conduct a national search for Bohn's successor. He said the next athletic director should be someone who can focus on the key goals of fundraising, "building a dynamic organization, and creating long-term sustainability in the athletics mission."

In February, Colorado announced a $50 million fundraising campaign to anchor a $170 million multiyear upgrade of CU athletics facilities at Folsom Field and the Dal Ward Center and the development of an indoor practice facility.

"We are seeking a talented leader who can build on Mike's vision and make it a reality," DiStefano said in a news release.

Bohn was an outsider when he was named athletic director April 13, 2005, after Dick Tharp resigned and Jack Lengyel became interim athletic director. Bohn had been the athletic director at San Diego State. Two years ago, the Colorado Board of Regents gave Bohn a contract extension into 2017.

In his eight-year tenure, Bohn fired two football coaches and pushed a third out the door.

Gary Barnett, who was the incumbent coach when Bohn took over the department, reluctantly accepted a buyout in 2005 after going 49-38 in seven seasons marred by a sexual assault scandal.

Next was Dan Hawkins, hired in 2005 and fired in 2010 after going 19-39 in five seasons.

Bohn hired Jon Embree in 2010 and fired him last November after the Buffs went 4-21 in two seasons. Bohn replaced Embree in December with Mike MacIntyre, formerly of San Jose State.

Bohn's tenure also included a recent turnaround of the men's basketball team. Bohn lured former Denver Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik from Air Force to coach the struggling men's basketball team after Ricardo Patton said he would step down in 2007. When Bzdelik left for Wake Forest after three seasons, Bohn hired Tad Boyle from Northern Colorado in 2010. The Buffaloes went to the NIT in Boyle's first season with the team and to the NCAA tournament the past two seasons.

Bohn also has overseen the hiring of two women's basketball coaches, a golf coach and volleyball coach.


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