August 25, 2015

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) Villanova has hired USC's Mark Jackson to succeed Vince Nicastro as the program's athletic director.

Jackson was senior associate AD and chief innovation officer at USC. Nicastro left after 15 years to become the associate director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova's law school.

Jackson also served as the director of football development with the Oakland Raiders. He was the vice president of athletic development at A2P Holdings, a sports marketing company. He was the executive senior associate director of athletics at Syracuse University from 2005-06. He was promoted to assistant athletic director during his first term at USC, and served as an assistant coach and operations assistant with the New England Patriots.

During Nicastro's reign, the men's basketball program appeared in 10 NCAA Tournaments, made four Sweet 16 appearances and reached the Final Four once.

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