Robert Morris athletic director Craig Coleman will step down, the school announced on Monday.
Coleman will step down effective Dec. 7. He had been RMU’s athletic director since 2005, when he replaced the late Susan Hofacre.
“After a 13-year hiatus, I’ve decided to return to my previous career in medicine,” Coleman said in a press release. “I’m extremely grateful to the university for the opportunity to have served the athletic department as athletic director and coach.”
Coleman’s tenure coincided with some of the signature moments for RMU’s athletic department. In 12 of his first 13 years as AD, at least one team made an NCAA Tournament.
The school is expecting to complete construction of the UPMC Events Center, RMU’s new on-campus basketball and volleyball facility, in the spring. Both basketball teams have already been practicing in the North Athletic Complex on campus, also a new facility.
Another hallmark of Coleman’s tenure has been coaching stability. Men’s basketball coach Andy Toole is entering his ninth season and is under contract through 2020-21. Men’s hockey coach Derek Schooley is in his 15th season and is under contract through 2022-23.
Senior associate athletic director Marty Galosi will be RMU’s interim athletic director while the search for a permanent replacement gets underway.
Coleman was also the coach of RMU’s varsity softball team. Assistant coach Jexx Varner will be the interim head softball coach.