Friday, 20 July 2007

More Churn with CIS Athletic Directors as Lysko leaves Western

Yet another change at the top of a CIS university Athletic Department administration as Michael Lysko, former commissioner of the CFL, who spent the past 3 years arguably bringing much more profile to Western Mustang sports, officially announced his resignation earlier today in London. Lysko, who came to Western with a reputation as a creative marketer, spearheaded numerous projects at Western including bringing university hockey to London's John Labbatt Center, leaves to pursue other opportunities. We hope to have more on this story in the near future. Here is the press release from Andy Watson, hired by Lysko, who has done a tremendous job with the communication of Western sports information in the short time he's been there.


July 20, 2007

Sports Director Michael Lysko Leaving Western

The University of Western Ontario and the Sports and Recreation Director Michael Lysko (pictured) wish to announce that Lysko is leaving Western to pursue other opportunities.

Jim Weese, Dean of Health Sciences said, “Mike has been a talented and creative sports administrator. He led a significant change in Sports and Recreation Services over the past three years.”

“I have enjoyed my time at Western and am proud of the contributions of our team in revitalizing the Western Mustang Athletics brand, and establishing a new benchmark in marketing, sponsorship and broadcasting in CIS sport.”

“Over the past three years, we have seen several on campus facility improvements including upgrades to Alumni Hall and Thames Hall, the addition of the Michael Kirkley Centre, and the new Student Recreation Centre scheduled to open next fall.”

“These facilities are amongst some of the finest in Canada and will serve Western students extremely well over the next several years,” said Lysko.

Media Contacts:

Jim Weese
Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences

Ann Hutchison
Director of Media Relations
519-661-2111, ext. 85468

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