Bowling Green State University wanted to make a leadership transition in athletics.
The university’s 14th director of athletics, BGSU alum Bob Moosbrugger, was let go on Wednesday.
A 1994 graduate of BGSU, Moosbrugger returned to Bowling Green in 2016 following a tenure as the deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer at San Diego State University.
“I especially appreciated his leadership and counsel to me. On a personal level, I could always count on Bob’s integrity, kindness and commitment to his alma mater,” said BGSU President Rodney Rogers in a statement issued Wednesday.
“However, as Division I programs such as BGSU face the transformation of intercollegiate athletics — with opportunities and challenges such as name, image and likeness — along with the need to increase and diversify resources, and to refocus the holistic role athletics has on an institution, we need to consider new perspectives and strongly position BGSU Athletics for the future.”
Rogers cited Moosbrugger’s accomplishments including securing the baseball program’s future, navigating COVID-19, increasing high GPA levels, and elevating the success of volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, softball and women’s basketball teams.
“I am grateful for Bob’s service to his alma mater, and I certainly wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career,” Rogers said.
Stacy Kosciak, BGSU’s current deputy athletic director, will serve in this leadership position and BGSU will launch a national search immediately to place our next director of athletics.
When hired, Moosbrugger replaced former AD Chris Kingston, who resigned to become a vice president with Learfield Sports.
A baseball player at BGSU, Moosbrugger earned the team’s Don Woods Award as the top freshman in 1991 and was a two-year letter winner.
Moosbrugger, a Celina native, was the fifth alumnus to serve as BGSU’s director of athletics.
In May 2020, Rogers announced a university-wide restructuring in which Moosbrugger became the director of athletics, recreation and wellness.