University of San Francisco Athletic Director Debra Gore-Mann has decided to resign from her position in order to explore other opportunities, according to usfdons.com. The move marks the dawn of a new day for USF athletics. Her resignation will become effective starting Sept. 17. The USF athletic department will start a nationwide search to hire a new athletic director, but in the meantime Vice President of Business and Finance Charles Cross, who also oversees the Athletic Department will take over for Gore-Mann. The move to step down was a bit of surprise considering that Gore-Mann was named the athletic director in 2006 and that many programs have been on the rise or have named a new coach, such as Women’s basketball.
In a statement that was released to every USF student and was also placed on usfdons.com Gore-Mann said the following, “I wish to thank the University for giving me the opportunity to provide leadership for USF Athletics during the last four years,” Gore-Mann said. “It was very rewarding working with the coaches, student-athletes, families, staff and alumni. USF has excellent coaches in place and I wish USF Athletics continued success both academically and athletically.”
Although Gore-Mann’s tenure was a short one, she installed many values into the athletic department that should continue to last. After being hired Gore-Mann made a commitment to improve the academic success of the USF athletic department, and she definitely succeeded in following through with that commitment. Throughout her tenure numerous Dons were named to the WCC all-academic teams in nearly every sport, which is a great accomplishment for the program. The success in the classroom did not always translate on the field or court but Gore-Mann started to resurrect the athletic program and she has set it up for the next Athletic Director to continue to improve upon her great work.
Gore-Mann made history in 2006 when she became the first-ever female Athletic Director at USF and only the third overall female to ever hold that position in the WCC. She accomplished a lot at USF and improved the program both athletically and academically. She had a strong vision for the program and she successfully followed that vision.
Besides helping USF improve, Gore-Mann along with the other Athletic Directors in the WCC helped improve the competitiveness in the conference. The WCC will only continue to improve with the addition of BYU. Although the WCC may never become a power conference such as the SEC, Pac-10 or ACC, it is certainly on the rise and as an Athletic Director Gore-Mann had a lot to do with that. Hopefully the next Athletic Director will be able to continue to improve USF athletics and rebuild it into a top program once again. It will be difficult to continue the success Gore-Mann has had, especially in the classroom.
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