WVU names Lyons new AD

After a few weeks of searching through candidates, West Virginia named Shane Lyons to be Oliver Luck's replacement as the school's athletic director.

Lyons has been at Alabama since 2011 as the school's deputy AD and the Charleston Gazette reported Sunday night that he would be the person hired by WVU president E. Gordon Gee.

"We are delighted to welcome Shane Lyons back to his home state of West Virginia and to his alma mater," Gee said in a statement . "He brings a wealth of experience in both university and conference athletics administration. In addition, as a graduate of West Virginia University, Shane understands what it means to be a Mountaineer. We look forward to him joining our team and leading our athletic department to new heights."

Lyons is a West Virginia native, graduating from Parkersburg High School before obtaining his bachelor's and master's degrees in sport management, and has worked with the NCAA, Texas Tech and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

He was ACC commissioner John Swofford's second-in-command as the league's associate commissioner before accepting the position at Alabama where his duties included assisting former athletic director Mal Moore with the day-to-day operations of the department.

"It is truly a dream come true for me to return to my home state and to WVU as director of intercollegiate athletics and associate vice president. I would like to thank Dr. Gee for the confidence he has placed in me," Lyons said. "I have followed the Mountaineers closely ever since I left Morgantown after graduate school, and I have been consistently impressed with the success that WVU student-athletes have had on the playing fields and in the classroom, as well as the positive impact Mountaineer student-athletes have in the community."

At WVU, Lyons will have oversight of 18 varsity sports, a department budget of approximately $77 million, 220 employees, approximately 450 student-athletes and a facilities master plan that includes ongoing construction of a $21 million baseball park, in addition to more than $75 million to modernize other athletic venues.

"As a leader, I will continue to push our department to strive for excellence in everything we do, and I am looking forward to the tremendous opportunities that lie ahead," Lyons said. "I am inspired by the unparalleled support of Mountaineer Nation, and my family and I are very excited to become part of the Morgantown community."

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