EMU Athletic Director Leaving For New Position

EMU Athletic Director Leaving For New Position

A few months later, Pitt has made its choice.

According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com, the Eastern Michigan Athletic Director will serve in the same position at Pitt.

Pitt has found its replacement for Scott Barnes, and it's Heather Lyke.

Lyke arrived at Ypsilanti in July of 2013 and has pushed for athletic support from students and alumni throughout her tenure at EMU. Lyke was a 1992 graduate of the University of MI, where she was a standout softball player. But that loyalty to Big Blue didn't last into her professional career, taking on a role with The Ohio State University in 1998, serving for 15 years as the associate athletic director. Reports indicate she earned a base salary of $245,000.

Pitt's 12-person committee formed for the athletic director search included football coach Pat Narduzzi and Randy Juhl, who has served as acting athletic director since January 10. The university also was assisted in the process by the search firm DHR International, which also had a hand in the hiring of Barnes. According to Lyke's bio on the EMU website, the head coaches she has hired have won 17 Coach of the Year Awards in the Mid-American Conference and one National Coach of the Year. This past season, the Eagles went 7-6 and made the school's first bowl appearance since 1987.

Pittsburgh's men's basketball program is coming off their first year under new head coach Kevin Stallings, as the team failed to make the NCAA Tournament.

Lyke became the first woman in Eastern Michigan history to take on the role of athletic director.

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