UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer resigns

UE Director of Athletics Mark Spencer resigns
Published: Mar. 11, 2022 at 5:01 PM CST|Updated: Mar. 11, 2022 at 8:21 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - University of Evansville Director of Athletics Mark Spencer announced his resignation on Friday.

Spencer is stepping down after spending eight years as athletics director for the Purple Aces.

“I am very proud of what I was able to accomplish during my tenure at the University of Evansville,” Spencer said in a press release. “The commitment, dedication and collaboration of the entire athletic department led to incredible growth and numerous memorable accomplishments during my tenure. With that said, it is time for a new voice to lead UE Athletics, and time for a new opportunity for my family and me. I look forward to being a fan and supporting Purple Aces Athletics as they are poised for great success.”

“I greatly appreciate Mark’s contributions to the University of Evansville and UE Athletics, especially as colleges navigate all of the changes to higher education and collegiate athletics,” UE President Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz said. “The department has seen a tremendous transformation during his tenure, and we are enormously grateful for his dedication, hard work, and teamwork. I wish Mark well in his future endeavors and am eager to watch his success.”

UE officials say a national search will begin immediately for the next director of athletics.

The announcement comes after the UE men’s basketball team finished the 2021-22 season with a 6-24 overall record, which marks as the worst in program history since becoming a member in NCAA Division I.

14 Sports spoke with longtime Aces booster Robbie Kent about Friday’s decision.

“There’s always a time for a guy to move on, and I think based on what their record’s been, fan support, economic support – basketball basically leads the ship,” Kent said. “Unfortunately, it hasn’t been going in a positive direction. Somebody obviously has to take the responsibility, and it usually starts with the athletic director. I think he made good judgment by resigning. Basketball needs to lead the athletic department, and right now it’s not doing that.”

Stay tuned to 14 Sports as we keep following this developing story.

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