Bloomfield cites family, personal reasons

Updated: May 18, 2004, 2:59 AM ET
Associated Press

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy resumed its search for an athletic director Friday after the man selected in March turned down the job.

Col. Michael Bloomfield, a 1981 Air Force graduate who played linebacker and was a team captain for the Falcons, cited family and personal reasons for declining the position, the academy announced Friday.

Bloomfield will remain at his job at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston where he serves as chief instructor astronaut.

Bloomfield was selected to replace director Col. Randy Spetman, who announced his retirement in October after a change in the chain of command prompted by the sexual assault scandal.

Dozens of female cadets said they were sexually assaulted at the academy and that they were disciplined or forced to resign if they reported it. The complaints led to a series of investigations and a shake-up among the academy's top commanders.

Bloomfield was expected to begin the job in April.

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