Lynn King to step down after 11 years as Pacific’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Lynn King, director of Intercollegiate Athletics at University of the Pacific, announced today that he will step down July 1 to become a special assistant to President Pamela A. Eibeck and concentrate his time on University-wide issues related to risk management. King has led Tiger Athletics since March 2000.
Ted Leland, vice president for External Relations, will replace King as director of Intercollegiate Athletics for a two-year term. During that time, Leland will oversee the implementation of Pacific's new strategic plan for Intercollegiate Athletics-a plan that Leland and King have developed together during the past year. He will retain his status as vice president for external relations. At the end of the two-year period, Leland will resume full-time duties as vice president for External Relations and conduct a search for a new athletics director. Leland is a former athletics director at Pacific (1989-91), Dartmouth College (1983-88) and Stanford (1991-2005).
"Lynn King has built an outstanding athletics program that reflects Pacific's values of scholarship, teamwork and leadership," Eibeck said. "We deeply appreciate Lynn's dedication to our student-athletes and his commitment to driving student success both in the classroom and in competition."
"I have made the decision to step aside," said King. "Pacific has the unique opportunity to have one of the nation's top athletics directors to take over this program. I encourage our boosters, fans and community to support Ted during his tenure the next two years. I want to thank the athletics department staff, the university faculty and staff and our loyal supporters for all they have done to enrich Pacific Athletics."
During King's time at Pacific, the Tigers have claimed 18 Big West Conference team titles and made 28 NCAA Championship appearances. Pacific also had 38 All-Americans who earned a total of 59 All-America awards. The Tigers have also excelled in the classroom since King's arrival, boasting six CoSida (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-Americans and 37 CoSida Academic All-District Team athletes since 2000-01. Pacific's Intercollegiate Athletics program currently has 16 teams with nearly 300 student-athletes.
King led campaigns to build two new Athletics facilities: the Klein Family Field (2006), and the Janssen-Lagorio Multipurpose Gymnasium (2009). He also oversaw major renovations of Chris Kjeldsen Pool Complex and Bill Simoni Field, and helped to triple the size of the athletics endowment. Intercollegiate Athletics was one of the top four units in Pacific's last comprehensive campaign, raising $16.6 million (127 % of its goal). While at Pacific, King also sat on the NCAA Leadership Council and the NCAA's Olympics Sports Liaison Committee.
Before coming to Pacific, King was Drake University's director of intercollegiate athletics for 10 years and chaired the NCAA Division I men's and women's track and field subcommittee from 1995 to 1999. King previously served as director of intercollegiate athletics for University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh and assistant athletic director for facilities at the University of Northern Iowa, of which he is an alumnus. In 2008, he was inducted into the Northern Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame.
He and his wife, Jan, are parents of two adult children, Jason, and Kelly.