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Lyons Announces Staff Changes

June 30, 2016

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  West Virginia University Director of Athletics Shane Lyons has announced the following changes to his athletic staff effective July 1, 2016.

Keli Cunningham has been named the Deputy Athletics Director. Cunningham will continue her role of assisting the Director of Athletics in the daily operations of the administration and management of the athletic department. Cunningham will provide overall department management in the absence of the Director of Athletics. She will continue to serve as the primary liaison to the Division of Human Resources and the University’s central administration in addition to providing oversight of the athletic compliance unit, serving as the sport administrator for women’s soccer and assisting the Director of Athletics in the management of the football program.

Steve Uryasz will begin his duties as the Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director. Uryasz will assist Lyons and Cunningham in the daily administration and management of the department. In the absence of the Director and the Deputy Director, Uryasz will provide overall department management. He will administer the operation and conduct of the Student-Athlete Development (Academic Support) unit and provide oversight to the Athletic Facilities, Event Management and Maintenance and Electronics departments in addition to oversight of the Sports Performance division. Uryasz will serve as the sport administrator for men’s golf.

Matt Wells has been named the Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs.  Wells will continue to administer the operation and conduct of the Athletic Marketing and Ticket Sales units in addition to serving as the department’s primary liaison to IMG. Wells will also continue to serve as the sport administrator for baseball. 

Michael Fragale has been named the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Communications. Fragale will continue to oversee the overall Athletic Communications unit and manage the department’s media relations efforts.

Cathy Martin has been named Executive Administrative Assistant. Martin will continue to manage the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Director of Athletics while serving as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies surrounding matters of the director of athletics.

Within the areas of facilities and operations, April Messerly has been named the Associate Athletic Director for Athletic Facilities/Operations. Messerly will oversee the operations of the Maintenance and Electronics staff while continuing to provide oversight to the Facility Operations unit and assisting in the management of capital projects/renovations. Messerly will continue serving as the sport administrator for gymnastics. Zach Eckert has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities/Operations. Eckert will assist Messerly in the day-to-day responsibilities of WVU’s athletic facilities and event operations.

Within the Mountaineer Athletic Club, Kevin Miller has been named the Associate Athletic Director/Annual Fund. Miller will continue to be responsible for managing and operating West Virginia’s annual fund within the MAC. Susan Hammond has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director/Donor Relations. She will continue to manage a comprehensive stewardship plan to support WVU athletic programs involving donor cultivation, gift acknowledgements and special events.

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