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Report: Heather Lyke Contacted By Michigan State For Athletic Directors Vacancy



Since arriving in 2017, Heather Lyke has brought stability and competency to the athletic directors position at Pitt.

Under Lyke’s leadership and direction, virtually all sports at Pitt have drastically improved and are not only winning but are competing for championships. The volleyball, men’s soccer and wrestling teams are just some of the prime examples of that.

When an athletic department has success like this it doesn’t go unnoticed and that’s certainly the case with Lyke, as she’s apparently a candidate for another position.

Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Lyke has been contacted by officials at Michigan State, who are searching for the universities next athletic director. Michigan State’s job opened by Bill Beekman resigned back on August 5.

“There has (been contact),” Lyke said. “I’m very happy at Pitt. I’m thrilled to work for chancellor Gallagher. I expect to stay here and hope to make that arrangement work.”

Lyke has a long history with the state of Michigan and the Big Ten conference.

Going back to her days in college, Lyke was a captain on the Michigan softball team. Following her athletic career, Lyke worked for 15 years in the Ohio State athletic department. From there, Lyke became the athletic director at Eastern Michigan from 2013 until 2017 before being hired at Pitt.



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Jason L
Jason L
1 year ago

Get out the checkbook! Heather Lyke has led PITT athletics back to competitiveness and respectability.

1 year ago
Reply to  Jason L

Sometimes the money doesnt solve it – if she wants to go, the $$ wont matter.

Class of ' 69
Class of ' 69
1 year ago
Reply to  Smljf

What major sports improved? I still see more yellow seats than fans..Most of the time Heather is missing in action. I see no improvement during her time at Pitt. Did she pay you for this puff piece?

Clint cleburne
Clint cleburne
1 year ago
Reply to  Class of ' 69

Heather did extend Narduzzi who is 1-13 against ranked teams since. She did hire Capel and now Pitt basketball is in the worst five year stretch since 1964. Donations are still rock bottom in the ACC. The stadium is still just filled to 60 percent capacity. Overall sports is still in the lower third of the ACC. Pitt has BC to thank in the Directors Cup. And victory Heights has a good chance to mortgage away Pitts future given its massive debt financing. And no she did not hire the men’s soccer coach or the women’s volleyball coach. The author… Read more »


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