Jim Sterk enters his fifth season as the University's Director of
Intercollegiate Athletics, having already left an indelible mark on
San Diego State. He has overseen the most successful four seasons in
San Diego State athletic history. In terms of on-the-field
accomplishments, the Aztecs have won 24 conference team
championships since the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year, and
in the classroom, there have been a record number of
scholar-athletes on The Mesa. In addition, Sterk oversaw SDSU's
record-breaking fundraising campaign this past season.
In terms of competitive success, San Diego State continues to set
itself apart, compiling the third-highest combined winning
percentage in the country in football and men's basketball since the
beginning of the 2010-11 season at 76.7 percent (148-45). In
addition, SDSU is one of five schools nationally to have appeared in
five consecutive NCAA tournaments and have its football team play in
four straight bowl games.
The overall success of the program can best
be demonstrated by the fact that a then school-record
nine athletic teams advanced to postseason
play and scored postseason points in
NCAA competition in 2011-12. Two of those
programs - men's golf and women's outdoor
track & field - finished among the nation's top
During the 2013-14 academic year, Aztec
teams have won seven conference championships,
one year after winning 12 league titles.
In his tenure, Sterk has watched six different
San Diego State sports finish in the top 25 at
NCAA championships, including four sports
which finished in the top 10 of their NCAA tournament.
Since arriving at San Diego State in February
2010, Sterk, 58, has led the Aztec athletic
department to fiscal stability. Despite state cutbacks,
he has ended each of his first three
years at SDSU in the black, and athletic department
fundraising is at an all-time high.
His impact has also been felt throughout the
department, as he has hired or extended the
contract of 15 current head coaches at San
Diego State. The current collection of Aztec
head coaches have combined to earn 33 conference
Sterk's vision of a program that competes
with the nation's best on the field, and one that
takes a back seat to no one in the classroom,
is well on its way to becoming a reality.
This past April, a school-record 317 individuals
were honored as scholar student-athletes
at the traditional year-end banquet, bettering
the mark set in Sterk's third year on The Mesa.
In addition, San Diego State set a school-record
with a department average of 980 in the
Academic Progress Report (APR) released by
the NCAA. Among those programs that scored
record multi-year APR figures were football,
men's basketball and baseball.
Sterk came to SDSU from Washington State
University, where he served as athletic director
since 2000. Prior to his hiring at WSU, he was
the AD at Portland State University from 1995
Sterk also has a solid reputation and the respect
of his peers across the country. The
NCAA recognized him in 2006 as the Division
IA Athletic Directors' "Program of Excellence."
He oversaw a period of unparalleled success
at Washington State with historic accomplishments
both on and off the field.
In his last three years at WSU, 13 Cougar
teams competed in NCAA postseason tournaments,
including back-to-back trips by the
men's basketball team (2007 and 2008), while
women's rowing earned five NCAA championship
bids, including a fourth-place finish in
2006, the highest finish ever by a WSU
women's team in NCAA competition.
Sterk graduated from Western Washington University in 1980, where
he earned four letters in football and one in basketball. He was
credited with a school-record 164 tackles during the 1977 season,
garnering first-team NAIA District I all-star accolades. He was
named team captain and MVP, helping the Vikings to the district
championship game. On Feb. 6, 2010, Sterk was inducted into Western
Washington's Athletics Hall of Fame for his success in football.
Sterk received his master's degree in sports administration from
Ohio University. In addition to SDSU, Washington State and Portland
State, his professional career has also included positions at North
Carolina, Maine, Seattle Pacific and Tulane.
Sterk and his wife Debra have three children: Ashley (25), Amy
(22), and Abby (19).
|THE STERK FILE
||June 10, 1956,
||Nooksack Valley High, 1974 - Earned varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track.
||'80 - B.A.- Phys. and Business Edu. (West. Wash. Univ.)
'86 - MS - Sports Admin (Ohio Univ.)
||Wife, Debra (Debi) J. Sterk
Daughter, Ashley (3-12-89)
Daughter, Amy (10-14-91)
Daughter, Abby (5-12-95)
|2010 - present
||San Diego State
|| Athletic Director
|2000 - 2010
|| Athletic Director
|1995 - 2000
|| Athletic Director
|1991 - 1995
|| Senior Assoc. AD
|1990 - 1991
|| Assoc. Athletic Director
|1987 - 1990
||Univ. of Maine
|| '89-90 - Assist. AD (Finance)
'88-89 - Director of Athletic Serv.
'87-88 - Assist. Business
||Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
|| Assist. to the Dir. of Ticket Ops
|Inducted into the Western Washington
University Athletics Hall of Fame Feb. 6, 2010 for his success as linebacker in
their football program
| Oversaw a significant increase of the
department's operating budget from just under $20 million in 2000 to over $30
million in 2008.
| WSU Athletic Foundation membership total
has doubled since 2000 and annual gifts have increased from just under $3
million in 2000 to more than $13 million in 2008.
| Pac-10 Rev. Sharing and Football Officiating
| In 2006-07 WSU athletics department was
recognized with three national honors for their excellence in academics.
| In 2006-07 Washington State Athletics had 8
sports score points in the USSA Director's Cup, finishing 70th nationally.
| Pac-10 Special and Ad Hoc Committees:
AD Liaisons to Coaches Group, Bowl Committee, Rose Bowl Management.
| Pac-10 Men's Basketball Subcommittees Chair
| Pac-10 Conference Executive
| Portland State hosted the 2000 NCAA Women's
Basketball West Regional
Restarted the Portland State men's basketball program after a 15-year
| Chair, Big Sky Conference Joint Athletic
Portland Oregon Sports Authority (1999-2000)
| Completed master plan in March 2000 for a
$20 million renovation of PSU's athletic and student recreation facility.
In 1999 assisted in a $37 million development of Portland's Civic Stadium,
home of Viking football
| Increased annual cash donations to PSU athletics
from $120,000 in 1994 to $1.2 million in 1999
| NCAA I-AA Football Regional Advisory
| Big Sky Conference TV Committee (1998-2000)
Initiated the Portland State Athletics Hall of Fame
| Big Sky Legislative Committee (1996-98)
| Between 1992 and 1995, directed Green Wave
Club campaign at PSU that generated more than 3,200 new donors (220% increase) and an
additional $8.6 million (400% increase) in gifts and pledges.