In a surprising move, University of South Florida Athletic Director Doug Woolard will retire in 2015.

According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, Woolard will remain with USF through June 2015.

USF has seen positives and negatives during Woolard’s time as athletic director, but struggles in both football and men’s basketball could also be the reason for USF’s inability to jump into one of the major conferences.

Woolard will remain with USF until 2015 in an unspecified role. A nationwide search for USF’s next athletic director will start immediately.

“I have been truly blessed to enjoy a 40-year career in education and athletics. After Cherrie and I spent some great quality time with our family over the holidays, I have been visiting with the President for the last few weeks about initiating this plan,” Woolard said. “I appreciate the special partnership I’ve enjoyed with President Genshaft and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to all of the outstanding coaches, members of our administrative staff, generous donors, and most importantly, our wonderful student athletes. Cherrie and I will treasure our time at USF; we are Bulls for life!”

President Genshaft thanked Woolard for his assistance in the upcoming transition.

 “Doug has led USF Athletics with integrity and focus, as well as a deep commitment to our students, coaches and the entire USF community,” said President Genshaft. “He was instrumental in transforming our athletic district facilities and I want to thank Doug for his achievements in leading our program over these years. We’re very appreciative of his efforts on campus and his participation in the larger Tampa Bay community. We look forward to a bright future ahead.”

98.7 The Fan can confirm the report that Doug Woolard will retire in 2015, but remain with the university until then


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