Reports: Missouri hires former San Diego State AD Jim Sterk as its athletic director

Jim Sterk by Marty Caswell

Jim Sterk, acting as the Athletic Director of the San Diego State Aztecs, has been credited with much of the recent success of the men’s basketball and football programs.

Even Steve Fisher has been recently quoted on the importance of Sterk to the basketball program:

The university would be wise to lock down Sterk.

When I bounced the thought off basketball coach Steve Fisher, a man with a resume that allows him to say whatever he wants whenever he wants, the motor revved.

“It’s absolutely critical that we keep him here,” Fisher said. “I think if you look at what he’s done, the way he’s done it, the resources and how it’s happened at every level and layer, you have to say he’s the central piece to the puzzle.

“It’s easy for me to say, but rather than be reactive, we need to say thank you for a phenomenal job well done. You stretch the limits for him. We want you here as a lifer. Too often you wait until someone has one foot out the door. We want the Jim Sterk legacy to live on forever.”

Now, it appears the Aztecs have lost their AD.

The timing, for San Diego State, is unfortunate. It comes on the heels of Deputy Director of Athletics Bob Moosbrugger leaving, taking the job as the Athletic Director of Bowling Green State in Ohio.

If the reports are true, the Aztecs will be scrambling a bit to find someone to fill Sterk’s very big shoes.

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