TROY, Ala. (AP) -- Troy athletic director Steve Dennis will resign this fall.
Dennis, who took over in March 2005, said in a statement Tuesday that it's the right time "to explore other opportunities." His resignation is effective Sept. 30.
During his tenure, the Trojans have won five Sun Belt Conference football titles. They have also had several facilities upgrades, including the new $31 million Trojan Arena which will open for the upcoming basketball season and house a Troy University Sports Hall of Fame.
Troy has also built a new facility for the soccer and track teams and done $5 million in renovations to Riddle-Pace Field
Dennis had previously worked in various capacities at Auburn starting in 1985. He played football for Georgia and was the defensive captain in 1978.
Statement from Dennis on www.troytrojans.com:
"Troy University is a special place and I have been privileged to play a role in the growth and development of its athletic program over the past seven-and-one-half years. The University will always hold a special place in my heart and my family will always be a TROY family.
I have presented my resignation as Director of Athletics to Chancellor Hawkins effective September 30. Our athletic department has accomplished a great deal at TROY, and I believe this is the right time in my life to explore other opportunities. In announcing my departure, I thank the members of the coaching and support staffs of the Department of Athletics and I cannot thank Chancellor Hawkins enough for giving me this opportunity. He is a tremendous leader but most of all he is a great human being and it has been a privilege to work for and learn from him. I am sure that great things lie ahead for Trojan athletics and I look forward to watching the growth and maturity of the program in the years to come."