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Eastern Michigan hires Lyke as AD

Ypsilanti, MI (Sports Network) - Eastern Michigan University has hired Heather Lyke to be its vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics.

Lyke, who has spent the last nine years at Ohio State under the guidance of Gene Smith, will begin at Eastern Michigan on July 22.

"I've had the opportunity to talk with leaders in collegiate athletics from around the country during the search, including Gene Smith," said Eastern Michigan University president Susan Martin. "I also talked and met with many highly qualified AD candidates -- including sitting ADs and associate ADs. Heather Lyke is the right person at the right time with the outstanding skills, talent, enthusiasm and experience to lead Eastern Michigan University Athletics to great success."

Lyke has more than 17 years experience in intercollegiate athletics administration and becomes the first woman to hold the full-time AD position at EMU.

Lyke replaces Derrick Gragg, who left in March to work for the University of Tulsa.

07/01 14:12:32 ET

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