- Associated Press - Monday, August 4, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Citadel and longtime Colorado athletic administrator Jim Senter have agreed on a deal for him to become the Bulldogs next athletic director, said a person with knowledge of the deal.

The person said Senter is expected to be introduced on campus Thursday. The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced.

Senter will replace Larry Leckonby, who led Citadel athletics for six seasons. Leckonby left in May to become AD at NCAA Division II school Catawba.

A message left with Senter by The AP was not immediately returned.

The 52-year-old Senter had spent the past nine years connected to Colorado athletics, most recently as senior associate AD for external operations. In that role, Senter was sports administrator for several teams with the Buffaloes, including football. His biography on the Colorado athletic website said Senter had particular emphasis with football on human resource needs and coaches’ contracts.

As an associate AD for development with the CU Foundation, Senter’s role including all fundraising activities.

Senter was an athletic director at Idaho State in 2003-04 and then an administrator at San Diego State before moving on to Colorado.

Senter spent three years at Idaho, serving as chief fundraiser and associate athletic director for three years. Before moving into administration, Senter spent nine seasons as a football assistant at Idaho.

He coached linebackers and defensive lineman during a seven-year stretch where Idaho went 52-21 and reached the NCAA I-AA playoffs six times.

Senter is a graduate of Tulsa and got a masters’ degree during his time at Idaho.

Senter takes over at a time when Citadel football is breaking in new coach Mike Houston, who came over after three winning seasons at Division II Lenoir-Rhyne. The Bulldogs football team was picked to finish sixth in the eight-team Southern Conference.