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.