Utah State names Sabau next athletic director

Utah State has hired Diana Sabau to become the program’s next vice president and director of Aggies athletics, the school announced Monday

Sabau will bring important experience to Utah State as she oversaw the administration of all 28 of the Big Ten’s sponsored sports, according to a release. She was the chief sports officer at the Big Ten, and Sabau provided departmental oversight to the conference’s sports of football, basketball, hockey, Olympic sports and officiating among others. 

“I am energized to serve our Aggie student-athletes, coaches, staff, university, alumni, donors and the Logan community,” Sabau stated in a release. “We will compete for championships with integrity and we will build on the current momentum of Utah State Athletics.” 

Sabau previously served as senior deputy athletics director at Ohio State. She spent four years as the Buckeyes’ sport administrator on the gridiron as well as conducting a national search for a women’s ice hockey head coach, naming Nadine Muzerall to the post who later guided Ohio State to its first national championship in 2021. 

Sabau was named Big Ten deputy commissioner and chief sports office in March 2021, the first to do so in the position. 

Big Ten commissioner Tony Petitti stated that he and the conference wish Sabau congratulations on her new position at Utah State. 

“Diana is a team player who has built strong relationships both internally and externally throughout her career,” Petitti stated in a release. “She places the student-athlete experience at the center of everything she does, which is one of the many reasons she was able to immediately impact the success of multiple Big Ten championships and events.” 

Sabau will start in her new position at Utah State on Aug. 21, according to a release.