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Report: Arizona Wildcats to name Central Michigan's Dave Heeke as new athletic director

Posted at 12:59 PM, Feb 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-25 19:25:30-05

Long-time Central Michigan athletic director Dave Heeke has reportedly agreed to take on the same role at The University of Arizona.

Mark Snyder at Detroit Free Press reported Saturday that Heeke, who has served as Central Michigan's AD since 2006, will replace former Arizona AD Greg Byrne, who accepted the same position at Alabama last month.

"Heeke has been in discussions for other major-college AD jobs over the recent years, but he has remained at CMU," Snyder wrote, adding Heeke spent 18 years as a member of Oregon athletics before joining CMU.

A native of East Lansing, Michigan, Heeke oversaw a $22.5 million renovation project of the CMU Events Center,Snyder reported.

The Wildcats have conducted an extensive search for their new athletic director to replace Byrne, who had served as UA's AD since 2010. Senior associate athletic director and former UA softball star Erika Hanson Barnes has served as Arizona's interim AD.

Read Heeke's full CMU bio here.