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Syracuse Athletics Adds Two New Staff Members

Athletic Director Mark Coyle has made his first two staff additions today with appointments of a new Deputy Athletics Director and Associate Athletic Director of Finance.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange Athletic Director Mark Coyle announced the hiring of two members of his Senior Staff. Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick has been named Deputy Athletics Director/Senior Womens Administrator and Rhonda McFarland has been hired as Associate Athletic Director of Finance.

Keenan-Kirkpatrick joins Syracuse from Seton Hall where she served as Senior Associate Athletic Director. A former student-athlete at Kent State, Keenan-Kirkpatrick has a law degree and a background in NCAA Compliance oversight. This experience will certainly be beneficial as Syracuse navigates the NCAA probation period.

"Kim has a passion for college athletics and the welfare of the student-athletes," said Syracuse Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. "Her experience as a collegiate student-athlete, coach and athletics administrator, combined with her law degree, provides a strong foundation for her to serve in a role that is essential to the success of our student-athletes."

McFarland comes to Syracuse from Boise State, where she worked for the past nine years. She was the Associate Athletics Director for Finance at the time of her departure from Boise.

"Rhonda brings a great deal of expertise and energy to our department," said Syracuse Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. "She focuses on ensuring we have resources in place to benefit our student-athletes through efficient budget management."

I think the key phrase in that Coyle quote is "efficient budget management". You'll also notice that as he mentioned at the time of his hiring, Coyle is clear that student-athlete welfare is at the core of his values.

With today's hiring of two women to Senior Administrator positions, Coyle has nearly matched the number of women named to similar positions during the tenure of Daryl Gross,  We've previously discussed the low percentage of women head coaches at Syracuse, but it should be noted that during that time only three women were hired/appointed to Gross' Senior Administration. That makes the news of these hirings a positive development for sure.