Washington State Cougars

SDSU hires new athletic director

San Diego State University's new athletic director is Jim Sterk, who said today his hiring was a combination of good timing, an improved sports program and the rising profile of the Mountain West Conference.

Sterk, a 53-year-old who held the same job at Washington State University, will take his new position in mid-March.

He said at a news conference his family spent a week in San Diego in 2003 before the Cougars played in the Holiday Bowl, an experience that was "impressionable" on them about the quality of the city.

He and his family had just discussed seeking new opportunities when former SDSU athletic director Jeff Schemmel resigned amid an inquiry into...