Doug Woolard

USF Athletics
3:50 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

New USF Athletic Dir. Mark Harlan 'Here to Win'

USF President Judy Genshaft and new Athletic Director Mark Harlan pose at his introduction Tuesday.
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Saying that "winning everything" is what drives him, new University of South Florida Athletic Director Mark Harlan is promising to hit the ground running.

The 44-year-old, who currently serves as UCLA's Senior Associate Athletic Director, was named USF's A.D. Tuesday.

He takes over a program in which the "marquee sports" - football and men's basketball - have struggled over the last few years. The Bulls football team went 2-10 last season and hasn't been to a bowl game in three seasons, while the men's basketball team enters this week's American Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament as the 10th seed out of 10 teams.

Nevertheless, Harlan called the job "one of the greatest opportunities in college athletics." Speaking to reporters Tuesday, he promised to strive to turn those fortunes around.

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USF Athletics
6:19 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Woolard to Step Down as USF Athletic Director in 2015

USF Athletic Director Doug Woolard announced on Thursday that he'll retire in January 2015.
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For the second time this week, a major figure at the University of South Florida announced his intent to retire in 2015.

Athletic Director Doug Woolard said on Thursday that he'll retire when his contract ends in June of next year. USF Sarasota-Manatee Regional Chancellor Arthur Guilford announced on Tuesday that he'll step down in January 2015.

But while the official statement from USF was filled with glowing words for Woolard, ESPN's Brett McMurphy cited unnamed sources in saying Woolard was actually being replaced because of "wide-ranging dissatisfaction" with the USF football and men's basketball programs.

However, others disagreed, saying Woolard wasn't forced out.

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USF Athletics
11:30 am
Mon December 2, 2013

USF AD has Tires Slashed at USF-UCF Rivalry Game

USF AD Doug Woolard
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USF Athletic Director Doug Woolard went to his car after a 23-20 loss to rival UCF Friday night and discovered all four of his tires had been slashed.

UCF officials provided him a complimentary car to drive back to Tampa.

UCF Athletic Director Todd Stansbury, who personally returned Woolard's car to him Saturday morning, expressed regret over the apparent vandalism.

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1:00 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

USF Coaching Candidate Keeping Quiet

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One of the candidates to be the new USF football coach, Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart, may or may not have met with USF athletic director Doug Woolard. But Taggart's not saying much, instead focusing on preparations for his team's first-ever bowl game.
The coach generating much of the buzz in that search, Western Kentucky's Willie Taggart, returned to campus Wednesday after two days in Manhattan, where multiple online reports had him interviewing Tuesday with USF athletic director Doug Woolard.
USF Athletics
6:09 pm
Sun December 2, 2012

USF Athletic Director: Search for New Coach Starts Immediately

USF Athletic Director Doug Woolard

The University of South Florida ends its 16th football season on the hunt for a new head coach.

Athletic director Doug Woolard said in a statement, released after the dismissal of Skip Holtz, that he plans to act quickly and will not use a conventional search firm.

When hired, the new USF football coach will become only the third football coach in USF's history.

Below, Woolard explains the reasoning for firing Holtz after three years as head coach and how he plans to move the USF football program forward.


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USF Athletics
6:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

USF Board Boss Blasts Holtz, Then Preaches Patience

John Ramil, President of USF Board of Trustees, addresses reporters with USF President Judy Genshaft, in March 2012
WUSF 89.7 News

We may have a better idea what prompted University of South Florida Athletic Director Doug Woolard to speak out earlier this week with his tentative support for embattled football coach Skip Holtz.

Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports Board of Trustees chair John Ramil sent an email to USF President Judy Genshaft's chief of staff immediately after this past Saturday's 37-26 loss to Temple--an email that simply read "Disgusting and unacceptable. We have major problems with our football program."

That note was forwarded to Woolard, with an attachment: "Hope things are better. Make sure you have conversation with the Board Chair. Thanks."

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USF Athletics
6:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Embattled Holtz Has Woolard's Support For Now

USF football coach Skip Holtz

Contrary to some University of South Florida football fans' wishes, Coach Skip Holtz will keep his job, despite USF losing four games in a row and 10 of its last 11 Big East games.

Athletic Director Doug Woolard issued a statement Tuesday supporting the embattled coach, saying: "As has been our practice in the past, we will evaluate the status of each of our 19 programs at the conclusion of their respective seasons. We'll identify where we are as a football program at that time and continue to build from there."

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University Beat
6:20 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Sun Dome Reopens; Is A Campus Football Stadium in USF's Future?

USF Graduation ceremony in newly renovated USF Sun Dome
Aimee Blodgett USF News

Unless you’ve been in the USF Sun Dome in the last week or two, then you really haven’t been in the Sun Dome!

The arena has reopened after a 36 million dollar renovation—but it’s almost like a completely new building. This week's University Beat on WUSF Public Media takes you inside the new and improved Sun Dome, and hears from USF President Judy Genshaft and Athletic Director Doug Woolard, who expressed some interesting thoughts about the possibility of an eventual on-campus football stadium.

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