Mike Bohn Cincinnati Athletic Director

February 6th, 2014 | by CollegeAD
Mike Bohn Cincinnati Athletic Director

mike bohn cincinnati

Mike Bohn Cincinnati Athletic Director

Mike Bohn was introduced this afternoon as Cincinnati’s next Athletic Director in front of many news outlets, and interestingly enough the UC marching band, which began playing the UC fight song well before the press conference began!

Among other things, Bohn addressed growing The University of Cincinnati Bearcat brand. Bohn brings extensive experience to UC, having served as Athletic Director at the University of Colorado, San Diego State University, and The University of Idaho.

As Director of Athletics at the University of Colorado from 2005 to 2013, Bohn successfully led their transition to the Pac-12 Conference. CU won four conference championship titles within two years, including the first for men’s basketball in over 43 years. Meanwhile, Bohn enhanced academic support for scholar-athletes, resulting in departmental highs for APR and GPA.

During his tenure at San Diego State University, SDSU football increased season ticket sales by 27% and game-day attendance by 59%, in addition to setting a SDSU single-game attendance record of 57,000 against Idaho State. The SDSU baseball team set a NCAA single-game attendance record of 40,000.

Finally, as Athletic Director at The University of Idaho from 1999 to 2003, Bohn successfully led their transition to the Division I-A ranks from the Big Sky Conference. Under Bohn, UI began construction on the Vandal Athletics Center, the first athletic facilities improvement in two decades. Additionally, he spearheaded a 20% increase in the Vandal Scholarship Fund and a $350,000 surge in annual corporate support.

Many speculate, that Mike Bohn was the ideal candidate for The University of Cincinnati because of his proven track record in transitioning universities to better collegiate conferences and divisions. The University of Colorado joined the Pac-12 under his tenure, and The University of Idaho transitioned to Division I during his time in Moscow Idaho.

Could The University of Cincinnati be looking to transition to a larger collegiate conference? We don’t know for sure, but if it is, they’ve got the right man at the helm!

University of Cincinnati AD Search Timeline

  • January 24th, 2014—Athletic Director Jobs Open. UC Athletic Director Whit Babcock announces departure to Virginia Tech. Babcock’s departing press conference can be viewed here.
  • January 24th, 2014—UC President Santa J. Ono has named Desiree Reed-Francois as Interim Athletics Director. Desiree is a respected leader with almost 20 years of experience at the collegiate and professional levels. She joined UC in March 2013 as Senior Associate Director of Athletics and the Senior Woman Administrator.
  • January 24th, 2014—UC President, Santa J. Ono announces that a national search is already underway for Cincinnati’s next Athletic Director. Desiree Reed-Francois is a candidate for the position
  • February 5th, 2014—Per Fox 19 in Cincinnati, UC is expected to hire Mike Bohn Cincinnati as its new athletic director. Bohn most recently was athletic director at Colorado and also worked as an AD at San Diego State and Idaho. He was instrumental in Colorado’s conference move to the PAC 12. Bohn does have ties to Ohio. He completed his master’s degree in sports administration at Ohio University.
  • February 6th, 2014—President Ono announces major press conference today at 5:00 PM to introduce Mike Bohn Cincinnati Athletic Director.

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