NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann has been named the athletic director at USC, the school announced Wednesday.
After a national search, USC president C.L. Max Nikias made the decision to hire a former USC football player for the position for the third consecutive time.
“To his new role, Lynn Swann will bring the heart and soul of a Trojan,” Nikias said in a statement. “He shares our profound dedication to combining academic excellence with athletic excellence.”
He replaces Pat Haden, who stepped down from the position in February.
Swann played receiver for the Trojans from 1971–1973, being named an All-American in 1973. He won four Super Bowls and was named to three Pro Bowl teams during a nine-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
“I am excited about coming back to USC -- its growth and success under President Nikias has been phenomenal and my family and I are looking forward to being a part of that," said Swann. "As athletic director, my goals for the student-athletes will be to graduate, to win and to experience.”