Updated: May 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm
Air Force athletic director Hans Mueh made official his intention to retire on Thursday, saying through a press release that the 2014-15 academic year will be his last.
At that point Mueh will have served 11 years as athletic director and 43 total years at the academy.
"I've been blessed to have the opportunity to be in the chair as AD of the best Division I program in the NCAA," Mueh said in the release. "These 10-plus years have flown by because athletics is a non-stop business, and we've had so many changes in coaching staffs, construction projects, a whole new corporation to help keep us competitive, and thousands of home contests.
"I could not imagine that there's a better, more committed, more competent, and more professional staff anywhere in the NCAA," he added. "They've made my job easy, so I've had the chance to enjoy watching these future Air Force leaders display their courage, stamina, self confidence, self discipline, teamwork, and that indomitable will to win at the highest levels of competition. To quote Lou Gehrig, 'I'm the luckiest man on the face of the earth.'"
Mueh had relayed to The Gazette last year his intention to retire at the end of his current contract, and reiterated that plan last week.
The Falcons enjoyed unprecedented feats under his watch. In 2007 the academy was one of three schools, joining Michigan and Boston College, to reach the postseason in football, baseball and hockey.
The football team competed in a school six consecutive bowl games after Mueh hired Troy Calhoun.
This past year has been tumultuous, however, as the athletic department suffered through furloughs, uncertainty with the government shutdown and endured its first 10-loss football season.
As a fundraiser, Mueh saw the building of the $15 million Holaday Athletic Center, an indoor training facility, and he helped with the transition to a federally-chartered non-profit organization to handle athletic funding.
Mueh intends to remain in the Colorado Springs area during retirement.
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