Jackson Stava has announced his resignation as Seattle Pacific’s athletic director to accept a job as senior associate athletic director at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 

Stava has served as AD for the Falcons for 6½ years, arriving on campus in July 2016.

“I remember on my interview here saying that I was looking for a school that was a wonderful academic place and had a history of excellence academically and athletically,” Stava said. “I love the West Coast and wanted to be on the West Coast. At that point, I felt I needed to stay in the world of Christian higher education. Seattle Pacific checked all of those boxes. 

“It has been a wonderful 6½ years working in that context,” he added. “I’ve loved every second of it.” 

San Luis Obispo is just 10 to 15 miles from where his parents and family live and is closer to his wife Melissa’s parents in San Diego.The city is on the central coast of California, almost centered between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

“For us, it was the opportunity to have our kids grow up around their grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins,” Stava said. “That draw to family was really a critical piece of this decision."

Stava will remain at SPU through early to mid-December. The school is hosting the NCAA Division II Fall Sports Festival on Dec. 1-3, during which national champions in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and women's field hockey will be crowned.

The school will conduct a national search for his replacement.