Matt Sayre had his "interim" label removed Wednesday and will take over as Southern Oregon University's Director of Athletics on a permanent basis, according to Jonathan Eldridge, the school's Vice President for Student Affairs.
Matt Sayre had his "interim" label removed Wednesday and will take over as Southern Oregon University's athletics director on a permanent basis, according to Jonathan Eldridge, the school's Vice President for Student Affairs.
"This is an exciting time for SOU and Raider athletics," Eldridge said. "We are very pleased that Matt will be providing vision and leadership as our athletic director now and into the future. He has performed admirably in the interim role and SOU is very lucky to have Matt on our team moving forward."
Sayre has served as interim AD at SOU since December 2008, when then-athletic director Dennis Francois departed.
"Over the last 18 month, I've realized how much I really want to be the athletic director here at SOU," Sayre said. "I believe the future is very bright for this athletic department. We have a great staff and the support of the administration here at SOU and I'm excited to continue working on what we have already started and see where this can go. I would also like to thank the campus community for their support of me during this process."
During the last 18 months, Sayre has been instrumental in decisions regarding the future of athletics at SOU. Sayre authored the recent Athletic Task Force Report and also has also developed a three-year plan for the athletic department. The report, released March 16, detailed a plan of action for SOU's potential move from NAIA to NCAA Division II status in five-to-seven years.
Since Sayre stepped into the AD role, 10 of SOU's 12 athletic programs have qualified for postseason play and all but two have either been ranked in the NAIA top 25 poll or received votes in the poll.
Prior to assuming the interim role, Sayre served as both assistant athletic director and associate athletic director and also was a long-standing professor in the health and physical education department.
The Western Washington graduate has a long history with SOU athletics, coming to Ashland in 1995 as an offensive assistant for the SOU football program.
From 1998 to 2003, Sayre served as offensive coordinator for former head coach Jeff Olson during one of the most successful stretches ever for the Raider football team.
During that time, the Raiders' offense averaged 382 yards and 33 points and reached the NAIA national playoffs in 2001 and 2002.
With an English degree from Western Washington, Sayre earned his master's degree from SOU in 2001.