Utah State Hires Big Ten’s Diana Sabau As Athletic Director

Aug 7, 2023, 11:26 AM | Updated: Aug 8, 2023, 11:46 am

SALT LAKE CITYUtah State University announced the hiring of Diana Sabau, former Big Ten Conference’s deputy commissioner, as the school’s next athletic director.

The school announced Sabau’s hire on Monday, August 7.

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“Sources: Utah State is expected to hire Big Ten deputy commissioner Diana Sabau as the school’s next athletic director,” ESPN’s Pete Thamel tweeted about the move. “Prior to the Big Ten, Sabau worked as the senior deputy at Ohio State and was the sport administrator for football there.”

Sabau takes over for Jerry Bovee, who had served as the Aggies’ AD since November 2022.

Prior to his time at Utah State, Bovee was the athletic director at Weber State University.

Bovee replaced John Hartwell, who resigned as USU’s athletic director in November 2022. Hartwell was at Utah State from 2015-22.

According to the Big Ten, Sabau has been serving as the league’s deputy commissioner and chief sports officer. Sabau oversaw “the administration of all 28 Big Ten Conference sponsored sports, which includes managing affiliate memberships, competition, scheduling, championships, sportsmanship, officiating, and awards. The role was created in 2021, making Sabau the first Big Ten Conference chief sports officer in the 125-year history of the conference.”

Before joining the Big Ten, Sabau was a senior deputy athletic director at Ohio State University. She has a master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University and a bachelor’s from St. Bonaventure University. Sabau also attended Oxford University and Somerville College.

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Utah State Hires Big Ten’s Diana Sabau As Athletic Director