Illinois State University Athletic Director Quits


Illinois State University Athletic Director Gary Friedman has resigned effective June 30.

ISU President Al Bowman on Monday appointed the school's deputy director of intercollegiate athletics, Larry Lyons, as the university's new athletic director. Lyons will serve a three-year term starting July 1.

Friedman said in a statement that being athletic director "simply was not the right fit.''

Friedman took the job in Normal two years ago in May 2011. He previously worked at Louisville for a decade.

The Pantagraph reports that Lyons has been with Illinois State for 26 years. He was interim director of athletics in spring of 2011. His current responsibilities include human resources and supervising athletic training and athletic equipment.

Story source: AP