USC athletic director Mike Bohn suddenly resigns

USC Trojans athletic director Mike Bohn has surprisingly resigned from his position, he and the school confirmed Friday.

Bohn was hired by the University of Southern California in 2019 after Lynn Swann left the program.

“After more than 40 years of leadership in college athletics, it’s a good time to step down as Director of Athletics at the University of Southern California,” Bohn said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. .

“I have dedicated my life to serving student-athletes and advancing the business of intercollegiate athletics.”


Southern California Trojans athletic director Mike Bohn reacts in the second half against Long Beach State at the Galen Center on December 14, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Bohn also bragged about the success he’s had leading USC through turbulent times and spearheading the program’s impending transfer to the Big 10 Conference.

“I will always be proud to lead the program out of the most tumultuous times in the profession’s history and into USC with a restored reputation and landmark accomplishments nationally. I led the process to join the Big 10, hired top head coaches, produced the highest graduation rate in school history and won numerous national and conference championships.”


The 62-year-old hinted that his health may have played a part in his decision to quit.

“As a former student-athlete myself, my purpose and identity is rooted in supporting young people in pursuing their athletic, academic and personal goals,” Bohn said.

“I’ve been blessed to have had so many wonderful opportunities and met so many wonderful people, and I leave wishing the best to everyone I’ve worked and served with. Moving on, it’s important now that I focus on my presence with my cherished family, addressing current health issues and thinking about how I can make an impact in the future.”

Mike Bohn celebrates with Lincoln Riley

Southern California Trojans athletic director Mike Bohn, left, celebrates a win over the UCLA Bruins with head coach Lincoln Riley after a game at the Rose Bowl on November 19, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA Today Sports)

Prior to being named athletic director at USC, Bohn held the same position at Idaho, San Diego State University, Colorado and the University of Cincinnati.

Bohn’s resignation took effect immediately.

“On behalf of the Trojan family, I thank Mike for his contributions to our athletics department during a time of rapid transformation and growth. We will be announcing a transition team comprised of internal and external leaders in the coming days and launching a search National for a new athletic director shortly,” USC President Carol Folt said in a statement.

Sporting Director Mike Bohn at a press conference

Southern California Trojans athletic director Mike Bohn speaks during a press conference to introduce Lincoln Riley as USC head coach at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 29, 2021 in Los Angeles . (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

During Bohn’s tenure, the men’s basketball team qualified for three consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The basketball program also recently landed a commitment from LeBron James’ son, Bronny.


Bohn is also credited with bringing Lindsay Gottlieb to Los Angeles to coach the women’s basketball team. The women’s basketball team made an appearance in the NCAA tournament earlier this year. Gottlieb previously served as an assistant coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers before joining USC in 2021.


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