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Miami Athletics
David Sayler
Position: Director of Athletics
Alma Mater: Ohio Wesleyan
Graduating Year: 1991
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David Sayler was named Miami University's 16th athletic director on Dec. 13, 2012, and started his role on a day-to-day basis on Jan. 2. He came to Oxford after two years in a similar role at the University of South Dakota.

Sayler has hit the ground running in his first sixth months in Oxford, as Miami Athletics has already accomplished several records on and off the field under his watch. Miami student-athletes compiled a record semester GPA of 3.24 in the spring 2013 semester. In addition, Miami won an all-time high eight conference championships during the 2012-13 school year. The success Miami Athletics achieved was validated by the RedHawks winning the Mid-American Conference Jacoby Cup for overall excellence in women’s athletics and a third straight MAC Sportsmanship Award this past year.

Looking toward the future, Sayler has developed a comprehensive facility master plan that will be the highlight of a campus-wide athletic campaign set to begin in January of 2014. In ramping up toward the athletic campaign announcement, Miami Athletics recorded a record year in terms of total cash donations in a single year. Construction of an all-sport indoor recreation and practice facility is on schedule to begin this winter, along with a weight room addition to Steve Cady Arena at the Goggin Ice Center.

Sayler was the top choice of university president Dr. David Hodge to replace Brad Bates, citing growing experience from eight different collegiate athletic programs.

"It was quickly apparent that David's values align strongly with Miami - putting the student-athlete first, insisting on the highest levels of integrity, and being fiercely competitive," said Hodge upon Sayler’s hire. "He has deep experience at a variety of universities and has been a sitting AD. I look forward to his leadership advancing our intercollegiate athletics."

As South Dakota's Athletic Director, Sayler emphasized the improvement of the student-athlete's overall experience and instilling a renewed sense of pride in Coyote athletics. Among his accomplishments were securing USD's 2012 membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference and leading the way for USD's aggressive Master Facilities Plan, which includes new facilities for basketball, outdoor track and field, and soccer. Sayler secured a $20 million private gift, the largest single contribution in South Dakota athletics history. He also raised funds for a new basketball floor, which was introduced in 2011-12, and football turf, which made its debut in the fall of 2012.

Coyote student-athletes thrived in the classroom during Sayler's time at South Dakota, posting a grade-point average of over 3.1. USD won the Summit League's Institutional Academic Achievement Award in 2011-12, which goes to the school that has the highest percentage of list-eligible athletes on the Summit League Commissioner's List of Academic Excellence.

Prior to joining USD, Sayler served as Senior Executive Athletic Director at Rice University for four years, while also heading the department as Interim Athletic Director from October 2009 to March 2010. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the entire athletic department, directly overseeing all internal operations, as well as providing administrative oversight for all 16 of Rice's varsity sports. He also assisted with the development of a strategic plan for Rice Athletics and served as the administrator of that plan for the department. Sayler also was a key figure in several facility projects across campus. He directed the funding model, planning and building of a $26 million renovation of Autry Court, as well as the $41 million construction of a recreation center.

Sayler also has served two years in senior athletic administration at Oregon State University and four years at Bowling Green State University. In addition, he has been an integral part of the athletic staffs at the University of Houston, the University of Hartford, the University of Georgia and the University of Connecticut.

After graduation from Ohio Wesleyan University (1991) with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Sayler worked three years in the private sector, spending time with Ernst & Young in Cleveland and Peterson Consulting in Chicago.

Sayler, born Sept. 6, 1969 in Greenwich, Conn., is married to the former Katie Fitzgerald of Bowling Green, Ohio. The couple has two sons, Connor Jameson (6) and Liam Patrick (3).