Bob De Carolis announced on Monday that he will be stepping down as the director of athletics at Oregon State.
In a lengthy open letter to the student body, De Carolis thanked everyone for making his experience at Oregon State an enjoyable one while looking back on the success the athletic department has had.
“It is with heartfelt emotion that I announce I am stepping down as Director of Athletics at Oregon State University effective June 30, 2015. As a next step, I look forward to my upcoming adventures in the world of intercollegiate athletics,” De Carolis began.
“There is never an optimal time for decisions like this, especially after an incredible journey of 17 years.
“I am very proud of the coaches I have hired and retained over the years and believe this is the best group of coaches in the history of Oregon State both from a coaching standpoint and also from a measure of character, as well. This collection of coaches will continue to compete for championships in the toughest conference in the country. ”
De Carolis continued to praise the student athletes at Oregon State.
“I also want to express my deepest gratitude to the student-athletes for all your hard work and efforts over the years. It has been awe inspiring to watch you develop athletically, academically, and socially. My days in the office were always driven by what was best for you on the field, court, river, course, pool and track as well as in the classroom. I wish you the best during your time at OSU and beyond. I proudly say it’s been my honor to be a Beaver because of all of you.
“People make the place” and I believe I have the best coaches and support staff in the country! I have thoroughly enjoyed working with all of you and supporting you and your teams. ”
Best of luck to De Carolis in the next step of his career.