OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University President David Hodge has announced that David Sayler has agreed to a new five-year extension to remain Miami’s Director of Athletics through 2018-19 season.
"I would like to thank the Board of Trustees and President Hodge for offering me this contract extension,” said Sayler. “It is a sign of positive momentum within our department that has taken root and will continue to grow going forward. This is the time for alums and donors to get involved with our programs, as building blocks for future success have been put into place."
Sayler was named the 16th Athletic Director of Miami back on Dec. 13, 2012 and began his duties on Jan. 2, 2013. He hit the ground running in his first year in Oxford, as Miami Athletics has already accomplished several records on and off the field under his watch. Miami student-athletes compiled a record semester grade-point average of 3.24 in the spring 2013 semester. In addition, Miami won an all-time high eight conference championships during the 2012-13 school year and has added two more championships this fall (field hockey and women’s cross country). The success Miami Athletics achieved was validated by the RedHawks winning the Mid-American Conference Jacoby Cup for overall excellence in women’s athletics and a third straight MAC Sportsmanship Award this past year.
“David Sayler has had a phenomenal first year,” said Hodge. “He has created a strategic focus, emphasized performance throughout ICA staff and teams, made some difficult decisions, recruited top flight new coaches, and dramatically increased private giving to support Miami student-athletes. I am delighted that he will be building the foundations of Miami intercollegiate athletics for years to come."
Looking toward the future, Sayler has developed a comprehensive facility master plan that will be the highlight of a campus-wide athletic initiative set to begin in March of 2014. In ramping up toward the athletic campaign announcement, Miami Athletics recorded a record year in terms of total cash donations in a single year and announced in early November that for the first-time in school history all 547 student-athletes donated to the Red & White Club.
Just recently, Sayler announced that beginning in March, Miami will begin construction on a new Indoor Sports Center. The 91,000-square-foot facility will feature a full length football field, netting for baseball, softball and golf, along with four 100-yard sprint lanes, a high jump area and a long jump pit.
Sayler has also hired three new head coaches to help lead current and future Miami student-athletes in the past 12 months. Back on April 19 he announced the addition of head women’s basketball coach Cleve Wright and named Danny Hayden the newest head baseball coach on July 23. Most recently (Dec. 3), Sayler tabbed Chuck Martin as Miami’s next head football coach.
What should Miami fans expect from Sayler in 2014 and beyond? In the near future he hopes to secure funds that will allow the RedHawks to begin construction on a new Student Performance Center, renovate Millett Hall and the Yager Stadium press box and suite area and break ground on a new Indoor Tennis Center.