Tyler leans toward applying for UM job

May 11, 1994|By Don Markus | Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer

COLLEGE PARK -- Sue Tyler, the senior associate athletic director at the University of Maryland, said yesterday that she is "leaning toward" becoming a candidate for the athletic director's job.

Tyler, the highest-ranking member of the department with the departure of Andy Geiger for Ohio State, said she will see if she is nominated by the 14-member search committee before declaring her candidacy.

Tyler, 47, has been at Maryland for 20 years, the past four in her current role. She was previously a highly successful coach in women's lacrosse and field hockey.

"It's better to be nominated," Tyler said. "I'm keeping my options open, but I know I can do the job."

Tyler's biggest dilemma is a personal one, not a professional one. She has watched the effect the position has had on her two bosses, Geiger and Lew Perkins, and how neither lasted four years on the job.

"It's not the kind of stress that you can get away from totally, that you can't take home," said Tyler, who is married and has two young children.

Tyler is not the only member of the athletic department considering becoming a candidate. Dwight Williams, the director of the business office, said this week that he hasn't decided whether to apply but said that his goal is to advance his career.

Tyler was the first woman to be named associate athletic director at Maryland. There has never been a female or minority athletic director in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Williams is black.

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