Friday February 5th, 2016

USC athletic director Pat Haden will retire from his role at the end of June, the school announced in a letter from university president Max Nikias.

Haden has been running the Trojans’ athletic department since 2010. Nikias said Haden will remain with the school for one more year after his retirement, overseeing the renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 

“[Haden] took on this role at a time when the department faced unprecedented pressure, externally and internally, requiring nothing less than a Herculean effort to rebuild its foundation for the long term,” Nikias said in his letter.

Haden took over athletics during a stretch of sanctions against the football team. He also came under criticism this past season for his handling of coach Steve Sarkisian, who was fired mid-season and is currently suing the school for wrongful termination.

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Nikias said Haden raised over $400 million for the athletic department during his tenure. A successor has not yet been announced.

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