the department, which includes the strength The 13th athletic director in and conditioning coaches, athletic training Eastern Michigan history, Lyke staff and sports medicine staff. In 2013, she was selected from a pool of more developed the first ever student-athlete than 80 candidates. She also is the internship program within the Department first woman to hold the full-time of Athletics. AD position at EMU. On a national level, Lyke has been active “I am honored and excited to be within the NCAA and Big Ten Conference named the Director of Athletics at committee structure as a member of the Eastern Michigan University,” said NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee Lyke at her hiring press conference. and Big Ten Sports Management Committee “This is a tremendous opportunity and previously served on the NCAA Softball to become a part of a dynamic Rules Committee and the NCAA Amateurism leadership team. I am eager to Committee. serve and build great relationships Her previous roles at OSU included associate with President Martin and the athletic director for sport administration University leadership, the faculty, (2002-12) and associate athletic director for our student-athletes, coaches and sport administration, compliance and camp staff, alumni and donors, and the operations (1998-02). Prior to Ohio State, Lyke greater Ypsilanti and Michigan was at the University of Cincinnati for two community. Eastern Michigan has years, serving as the assistant athletic director a rich history of athletic success for compliance as well as the senior woman and academic achievement. I administrator. Lyke began her athletics look forward to being part of administrative career at the NCAA national the continued success of Eastern office as an intern in the enforcement and Michigan University as we help student-athlete reinstatement department. shape the next generation of Lyke also has worked for the Big Ten Network leaders and achieve even greater as a color analyst for softball games. Heather Lyke Lyke grew up in Canton, Ohio, and attended accomplishments.” EMU Vice President/Director of Athletic At OSU, she was a member of the University of Michigan on a softball the athletic department’s executive team scholarship. While at U-M, she was a fourHeather Lyke begins her second year and was responsible for the assessment, year letter winner as a first baseman, twoat Eastern Michigan University, having design and development of the department’s time team captain, Big Ten champion and been named EMU’s Vice President/Director strategic plan. She directly oversaw 10 of Academic All-Big Ten honoree as a member of Athletics on July 1, 2013. Lyke came OSU’s 36 athletic programs and managed/ of its softball team. She earned a Bachelor’s to Ypsilanti with more than 17 years of supervised 31 full-time coaches and staff. of Science in Education from University of experience in intercollegiate athletics She also had oversight over all facets of the Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from the administration – 15 of which were at The athletic councils involving budget oversight, University of Akron School of Law. She was Ohio State University. revenue generation and facilities as well as admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1995. Lyke’s first year at Eastern Michigan was a the golf course operations. Additionally, she Lyke and her husband, David Catalano, successful one, as the Eagles won three Midsupervised the sport performance division of have three children, Elle, Sophie and Eli. American Conference team championships and 24 individual MAC titles in track and THE HEATHER LYKE FILE swimming. EMU also produced 64 AllHeather Lyke MAC student-athletes to go along with 41 Name: Born: Canton, Ohio Academic All-MAC honorees. High School: Glen Oak H.S. - Graduated in 1988 In the classroom, EMU student-athletes College: University of Michigan - Bachelor’s degree in education - 1992 continued to showcase their success in the University of Akron Law School - Juris Doctorate - 1995 classroom, ending the Winter 2014 semester Family: Husband, David Catalano; Children, Elle, Sophie and Eli with a 3.145 grade point average. It marked COLLEGIATE WORK EXPERIENCE the ninth consecutive semester that the SCHOOL JOB TITLE Eagles had surpassed the 3.0 plateau as a YEAR 2013-Pres. Eastern Michigan University Vice President/Director of Athletics department. Ohio State University Senior Associate AD Lyke also developed and installed the 2013 2009-12 Big Ten Network Softball Color Analyst mantra of Eagles Unite. More than just a 2002-12 Ohio State University Associate AD/Sport Administration catchy slogan, it was a campaign of support 1998-02 Ohio State University Associate AD/ Sport Administration, that pervade through all of EMU 21 varsity Compliance and Camp Operations sports. The campaign extended beyond 1996-98 University of Cincinnati Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance/SWA student-athletes; it strongly encouraged the 1995-96 National Collegiate Athletic Association Enforcement Intern athletic department staff, fans, alumni and 1989-92 University of Michigan Four-year letterwinner in softball students to show their support as well.
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