USF Director of Athletics Scott Sidwell Stepping Down for Position at Penn State

We are writing to inform you that Scott Sidwell, director of athletics at USF since 2011, was approached by Penn State University and has accepted a position there as deputy director of athletics.

Dear Members of the USF Community,

We are writing to inform you that Scott Sidwell, director of athletics at USF since 2011, was approached by Penn State University and has accepted a position there as deputy director of athletics. While we are sad to see Scott leaving USF at the conclusion of the basketball season, we are happy that he has this exciting professional opportunity
 and the chance to be closer to his extended family on the East Coast.

We are most grateful for Scott’s many contributions to the only NCAA Division I Athletics program in the city of San Francisco, and especially for his full embrace of our mission and the university’s Jesuit values and educational principles. Scott has hired and mentored an exceptional group of coaches and administrators in Athletics, who in turn have recruited and coached successful students who have excelled in the classroom. USF teams have consistently posted cumulative grade point averages above 3.40, consistently improved academic progress rate statistics compiled by the NCAA, and earned individual and team academic honors from the West Coast Conference. 

Scott has also contributed to collegiate athletics on a regional and national level by serving on NCAA and West Coast Conference committees, including on the NCAA baseball committee and as chair of the Executive Council of the WCC.

We will miss seeing Scott on campus and on the sidelines of our courts and playing fields. We wish him well.  


Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Charlie Cross
Vice President, Business and Finance

P.S.  We thought you would enjoy and appreciate this note from Scott, which he has also shared with members of our community, including alumni and others who support USF Athletics.

Dear Dons Family:

It is with bittersweet emotions that I reach out to you today to inform you that I have accepted the deputy director of athletics position at Penn State University and will be moving on at the conclusion of the basketball seasons. The acceptance of this wonderful opportunity was one of the most difficult decisions in my career because of our great love for all of you and what you have meant to our family over the past seven-and-a-half years. We have been through a lot together in our professional and personal lives. We have two children who are proud graduates of St. Ignatius College Prep, and our family will forever be linked to San Francisco and the Bay Area. 

We are excited at the prospect of being closer to our family, with our two oldest children in New York and Hartford. We also will be within a few hours of my brother’s family and my parents who have retired on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Career-wise, we will be working again with a storied football program that will compete for national championships. It is a tremendous opportunity for us to advance my career in college athletics. The sport of football has been a huge part of our lives, with my father coaching at the collegiate and professional levels during his career. Additionally, my brother has been a long-time high school head football coach and our son is a freshman on the football team at Trinity College.

We came west to San Francisco with a dream of returning this proud and historically successful program back to national prominence in a way that would bring great joy to the campus, our fans, alumni, and the Bay Area community.  As we move on to the next chapter in our blessed lives, we can proudly proclaim with a full heart that the Dons are back!

The Aim Higher strategic plan to build out the four pillars of our department has been successful well beyond our expectations, and has much room for continued growth. It was the countless hours of conversations and your belief in all that is right about USF that has made it succeed. The next few years are critical to execute the facilities plan already in motion as you continue to provide your tremendous financial and emotional support. We have beamed with great pride at five sold-out basketball games; the stands filled with campus, community, and alumni groups joining together to provide amazing support for our students!

Our faith has never been stronger as a result of being here and the support of the many great friends that we’ve made along the way. Distance will never change that; we will forever be at your side cheering on our beloved Dons!

We are so proud to leave this program in better shape than when we arrived, and we now hand it back to you to continue the rise of USF Athletics at every level.

Go Dons and God Bless


Scott Sidwell

Tuesday, Feb 12