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  • Pitt's Hiring Of Heather Lyke Would Make Her The Fourth Female AD In Power Five

    Eastern Michigan AD Heather Lyke today at 1:00pm ET will be introduced today as Pitt’s new AD, making her the fourth female AD out of the 65 schools in the Power Five conferences. The others are N.C. State's Debbie Yow, Penn State's Sandy Barbour and Washington's Jennifer Cohen. In the last 15 months, there have been 52 D-I AD jobs filled, and eight of them have been women, according to SBJ research. There are now 33 women sitting in D-I AD chairs out of 351 schools, not counting outgoing UNLV AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy, and eight have been hired in the last year. William & Mary hired Samantha Huge last week. Lyke had been Eastern Michigan AD since '13.

    WOMEN HIRED FOR D-I AD JOBS SINCE MARCH '16
    SCHOOL
    HIRE
    Manhattan
    Marianne Reilly
    St. Francis (Pa.)
    Susan Robinson Fruchtl
    Washington
    Jennifer Cohen
    Delaware
    Chrissi Rawak
    Seattle
    Shaney Fink
    Portland State
    Valerie Cleary
    William & Mary
    Samantha Huge
    Pitt
    Heather Lyke

    TWITTER REAX: Rivals.com's Chris Peak: "Lyke in November to ESPN: 'Whether we want to believe it or not, football drives the attention, viewership, enrollment, fundraising.'" Sports writer Chris Dokish: "Eastern Michigan had worst football program and nobody donated. Heather Lyke comes in, they go to a bowl and donations went up 40%." PittsburghSportsNow.com's Harry Psaros: "A pair of things I like about #Pitt's new AD Heather Lyke: (1) spent over a decade learning at OSU & (2) set records for fundraising at EMU." Detroit News' Tony Paul writes, "EMU's next AD needs to be part business person/part marketing savant. Would be surprise if Oakland's Jeff Konya doesn't get a good look."

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  • Pegula Investments Seen As Driver For Penn State Hockey Program's Early Success

    PSU's Pegula Ice Arena has been sold out for all but two games since it opened

    Penn State’s hockey team won the Big Ten Tournament this weekend, securing its first berth in the NCAA Tournament after "only four years" of playing a full D-I schedule, according to Gary Santaniello of the N.Y. TIMES. The program was “jump- started in May 2010,” when Bills and Sabres Owner Terry Pegula -- a PSU alum -- pledged $102M to the university along with his wife Kim. Of that, $88M “was for a new hockey arena; the rest was to finance scholarships.” Terry Pegula’s days as a youth “going to Sabres games at Memorial Auditorium inspired him to prod the lead architect, David Murphy, to create a steeply pitched student section behind the goal occupied for two periods by the opposing goalie.” Called the Roar Zone, the 1,000 seats that “extend from ice level to the rafters sell out in minutes at the start of each season.” PSU coach Guy Gadowsky said, “A big part of what’s happening here is the support of the student body and the Roar Zone.” Santaniello noted as an official student organization, the Roar Zone “meets monthly to brainstorm new cheers and routines intended to energize the crowd and unnerve the visiting goalie.” Current Roar Zone President Chris Godissart, a PSU senior, said interest in the school’s hockey program had “blown up” over the last four years. The combination of Pegula Ice Arena, which has been “sold out for all but two games since it opened; the resources of Penn State; and a conference with its own cable TV network makes the university an increasingly desirable location for recruits” (N.Y. TIMES, 3/18).

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