Louisiana Tech AD Bruce Van De Velde steps down
[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ouisiana Tech athletics director Bruce Van De Velde is stepping down effective July 1.
Van De Velde came to Louisiana Tech in 2008 as deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer and was promoted to AD in 2010. He is expected to serve the university in a non-administrative through the end of his contract which expires in February of next year.
“My experience at Louisiana Tech has been both rewarding and challenging,” Van De Velde said in a statement. “I am proud of my contributions to the competitive and academic success of our student-athletes and coaches, and to have enhanced a culture of honesty, integrity, competitive and academic excellence within the athletic department.”
Deputy athletics director Mary Kay Hungate will serve as interim athletics director.
Van De Velde came under fire in Decemeber when the 9-3 Bulldogs did not play in a bowl game.
Tech was offered the opportunity to play Louisiana Monroe in the Independence Bowl, but held out in hopes of receiving a better bid. School officials later tried to accept the bid, but the spot had already been given to Ohio.
Van De Velde claimed he consulted then-Bulldogs coach Sonny Dykes regarding the decision, but Dykes was clearly frustrated by the situation nonetheless.
“Under no circumstances did I ever think there was any possibility at all that we would not play in a bowl game,” Dykes said at the time. “It is a shame that our nationally recognized team and its 31 seniors have to end the season this way.”
Days later Dykes became Cal’s head coach, and Van De Velde hired former USF and East Carolina coach Skip Holtz as his replacement.
Louisiana Tech will play its first season as a member of Conference USA this year.
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