Piles of Boise State apparel lay scattered in Curt Aspey’s office at the Nicholson-Yanke Athletic Center as he prepares to take his final bow at Boise State.
Aspey, the former associate athletic director for University Advancement begins his tenure as the athletic director for Carroll College on Oct. 6, ending a nearly 16-year career at Boise State.
“It’s been an unbelievable ride here,” Aspey told The Arbiter. “I’ve been very, very fortunate. My heart will always be here, but my efforts are with Carroll now.”
Aspey has served in multiple positions for the Broncos since he was hired away from California State-Bakersfield in 1998, including a three-month term as the interim athletic director in September of 2011 after Gene Bleymaier was fired.
After 16 years, however, Aspey felt it was time to pursue other opportunities. His professional goal has always been to oversee his own program one day, and he felt he had reached the ceiling at Boise State.
With both of his daughters now away at college, Aspey felt the timing was right; he just didn’t realize he would be offered an athletic director job so quickly.
“The only thing I haven’t done is sit in the head seat,” Aspey said. “The last step is this. Obviously we have ties here but, from the family standpoint, it was a good time to start looking. It certainly came a lot quicker than I imagined.”
The irony is that Aspey’s youngest daughter, Madison, is a freshman at Carroll and a member of the school’s soccer team.
“It took (Madison) 18 years to get away from Mom and Dad and now here I am following her,” Aspey said. “I got a really good taste of the culture there through the recruiting process with her. I had no idea that the athletic director position was going to become available when it did.”
In the eyes of many, Aspey’s biggest accomplishment for Boise State was heading the Initiative for Athletic Excellence—a multi-million dollar campaign to improve the university’s athletic facilities.
Aspey perceived the need to improve the facilities in order to provide a better experience for Boise State athletes and coaches.
“Being able to provide the ultimate experience for student athletes is my purpose in this business,” Aspey said. “Making the experience for our student athletes even better—that’s my goal at the end of the day.”
The Caven-Williams Sports Complex ($10 million, 2006), Stueckle Sky Center ($37 million, 2008), Arguinchona Basketball Complex ($3 million, 2011) and Bleymaier Football Center (2012, $22 million) were all projects in the Initiative for Athletic Excellence.
Despite all his work in constructing facilities, Aspey isn’t expecting to get a building named after him.
“There’s a lot of people that have been here a long time and have done a heck of a lot more than me,” Aspey said with a laugh.