Jim Sterk enters his third season as the University's Director of
Intercollegiate Athletics having already left an indubitable mark on
San Diego State. He has overseen the most successful two seasons in
San Diego State athletic history. With a record number of
scholar-athletes in the classroom, he also negotiated the Aztecs'
football program into the BIG EAST Conference beginning in 2013, and
oversaw SDSU's record-breaking fundraising campaign this past
On the field, San Diego State continues to set itself apart,
compiling the highest combined winning percentage in the country in
football and men's basketball since the beginning of the 2010-11
season at 79.4 percent (77-20). SDSU is one of only two schools in
the state of California to advance to bowl games each of the last
two years (Stanford) and was one of only 16 schools nationwide to
have both its men's and women's basketball teams participate in the
2012 NCAA tournament and the football team advance to a bowl game.
The overall success of the program can best be demonstrated by
the fact that a school-record nine athletic teams advanced to
postseason play and scored postseason points in NCAA competition in
2011-12. Two of those programs - men's golf and outdoor track &
field - finished among the nation's top 10.
Since arriving at San Diego State in February 2010, Sterk, 56,
has led the Aztec athletic department to fiscal stability. Despite
state cutbacks, he has ended each of his first two seasons at SDSU
in the black, while athletic department fundraising is at an
His impact has also been felt throughout the department, as he
has hired or extended the contract of 12 current head coaches at San
Diego State. The current collection of Aztec head coaches have
combined to earn 24 conference coach-of-the-year honors.
His vision of a program that competes with the nation's best on
the field and one that takes a back seat to no one in the classroom
is well on its way to becoming a reality.
This past April, a school-record 275 individuals were honored as
scholar student-athletes at the year-end banquet, bettering the mark
set in Sterk's first year on The Mesa.
What may be most impressive is Sterk's role in the negotiations
that resulted in SDSU accepting an invitation to play football in
the BIG EAST Conference beginning in the fall of 2013. In addition
to moving the program into a BCS conference, the move helps solidify
additional broadcast revenue for both the department and school.
It didn't take long for San Diego State to make an impression on
Sterk. In his first 20 days at his new job in March of 2010, the
men's and women's basketball teams both claimed the Mountain West
Conference tournament championship. Then he watched both programs
advance to the NCAAs and was on site when the women's program upset
Texas and West Virginia en route to advancing to the Sweet 16 for
the first time in school history.
Sterk came to SDSU from Washington State University, where he
served as athletic director since 2000. Prior to his hiring at WSU,
he was the AD at Portland State University from 1995 to 2000.
Sterk also has a solid reputation and the respect of his peers
across the country. The NCAA recognized him in 2006 as the Division
IA Athletic Directors' "Program of Excellence."
He oversaw a period of unparalleled success at Washington State
with historic accomplishments both on and off the field.
In his last three years at WSU, 13 Cougar teams competed in NCAA
postseason tournaments, including back-to-back trips by the men's
basketball team (2007 and 2008), while women's rowing earned five
NCAA championship bids, including a fourth-place finish in 2006, the
highest finish ever by a WSU women's team in NCAA competition
Sterk graduated from Western Washington University in 1980, where
he earned four letters in football and one in basketball. He was
credited with a school-record 164 tackles during the 1977 season,
garnering first-team NAIA District I all-star accolades. He was
named team captain and MVP, helping the Vikings to the district
championship game. On Feb. 6, 2010, Sterk was inducted into Western
Washington's Athletics Hall of Fame for his success in football.
Sterk received his master's degree in sports administration from
Ohio University. In addition to SDSU, Washington State and Portland
State, his professional career has also included positions at North
Carolina, Maine, Seattle Pacific and Tulane.
Sterk and his wife Debra have three children: Ashley (23), Amy
(20), and Abby (17)
|THE STERK FILE
||June 10, 1956,
||Nooksack Valley High, 1974 - Earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track.
||'80 - B.A.- Phys. and Business Edu. (West. Wash. Univ.)
'86 - MS - Sports Admin (Ohio Univ.)
||Wife, Debra (Debi) J. Sterk
Daughter, Ashley (3-12-89)
Daughter, Amy (10-14-91)
Daughter, Abby (5-12-95)
|2010 - present
||San Diego State
|| Athletic Director
|2000 - 2010
|| Athletic Director
|1995 - 2000
|| Athletic Director
|1991 - 1995
|| Senior Assoc. AD
|1990 - 1991
|| Assoc. Athletic Director
|1987 - 1990
||Univ. of Maine
|| '89-90 - Assist. AD (Finance)
'88-89 - Director of Athletic Serv.
'87-88 - Assist. Business
||Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
|| Assist. to the Dir. of Ticket Ops
|Inducted into the Western Washington
University Athletics Hall of Fame Feb. 6, 2010 for his success as linebacker in
their football program
| Oversaw a significant increase of the
department's operating budget from just under $20 million in 2000 to over $30
million in 2008.
| WSU Athletic Foundation membership total
has doubled since 2000 and annual gifts have increased from just under $3
million in 2000 to more than $13 million in 2008.
| Pac-10 Rev. Sharing and Football Officiating
| In 2006-07 WSU athletics department was
recognized with three national honors for their excellence in academics.
| In 2006-07 Washington State Athletics had 8
sports score points in the USSA Director's Cup, finishing 70th nationally.
| Pac-10 Special and Ad Hoc Committees:
AD Liaisons to Coaches Group, Bowl Committee, Rose Bowl Management.
| Pac-10 Men's Basketball Subcommittees Chair
| Pac-10 Conference Executive
| Portland State hosted the 2000 NCAA Women's
Basketball West Regional
Restarted the Portland State men's basketball program after a 15-year
| Chair, Big Sky Conference Joint Athletic
Portland Oregon Sports Authority (1999-2000)
| Completed master plan in March 2000 for a
$20 million renovation of PSU's athletic and student recreation facility.
In 1999 assisted in a $37 million development of Portland's Civic Stadium,
home of Viking football
| Increased annual cash donations to PSU athletics
from $120,000 in 1994 to $1.2 million in 1999
| NCAA I-AA Football Regional Advisory
| Big Sky Conference TV Committee (1998-2000)
Initiated the Portland State Athletics Hall of Fame
| Big Sky Legislative Committee (1996-98)
| Between 1992 and 1995, directed Green Wave
Club campaign at PSU that generated more than 3,200 new donors (220% increase) and an
additional $8.6 million (400% increase) in gifts and pledges.