ISU Names Kyle Brennan Athletic Director
Written by Leo Staudacher on December 23, 2020
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NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State University has appointed Kyle Brennan Director of Athletics. Brennan succeeds Larry Lyons who announced his retirement after 33 years with the university.
Brennan will become the 12th athletic director in school history. Prior to this position he served as the University of Utah’s chief operating officer and deputy athletics director for internal operations. He brings more than 16 years of athletic department experience from Northern Illinois, Ball State, TCU, and Utah
While at Utah, Brennan secured funding to start a men’s lacrosse team and helped negotiate multi-media and apparel contracts.
“I am grateful for this incredible opportunity, and for the confidence that President Dietz and the committee have shown in me to lead the Illinois State Athletics Department,” Brennan said in a press release. “Illinois State is an institution of excellence with a tremendous leader in Dr. Dietz. This is a special place that has achieved great success academically and athletically, and it is my charge to build on that success and help our department ascend to greater heights. We want to win, and it is a priority of mine that we generate enthusiasm and energy in our department to embrace that challenge. Our student-athletes deserve that from us, and our fans expect us to compete for Missouri Valley championships and national exposure. This is an exciting opportunity for my family and me, and I cannot wait to get to work with the incredible team in the Illinois State Athletics Department and the University.”
Brennan will officially begin his term on January 15.