||Yeo Accepts Senior Development Post
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|March 30, 2005--Rick Yeo, Michigan Tech athletic director, has accepted a new position as senior director of athletic development effective May 2, Vice President of Administration Ellen Horsch announced March 30.|
"Because of Rick's success as athletic director, we're confident that he can move the department to a new level," Horsch said. "We are grateful that he's dedicated to applying his skills toward enhancing the athletic program's financial future."
Suzanne Sanregret, MTU's assistant athletic director, has been promoted to the position of athletic director. She becomes the first woman to hold the position at Michigan Tech. Kevin Luke, head men's basketball coach, will take over as associate director while retaining his coaching responsibilities.
"We're fortunate to have Suzanne available for this position," Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz said. "She's been involved with the Athletic Department for over 11 years, including eight years as assistant athletic director, so she knows the program inside and out.
"And Kevin is not only a great coach, his intensity and love of Michigan Tech athletics is legendary, and he'll bring that enthusiasm to his new position."
Luke came to MTU 18 years ago as assistant men's basketball coach and cross country coach for both the men's and women's teams. For the past 11 years, he has served as the head men's basketball coach.
The reorganization was prompted by the need to enhance external funding for athletics in an era of falling state appropriations. Yeo, who has broad experience in advancement, says he looks forward to applying his development skills to benefit MTU athletics.
"This is a good opportunity for me to extend my career, and I'm excited about getting out and bringing in some funding," he said. "I view it as a challenge, and I'm looking forward to the career change."
"Our athletic program has made great strides under Rick," Mroz said. "He's attracted great student-athletes, added diversity to our student body and given women great opportunities to participate in sports.
"Rick has also been very good at fundraising, and we look forward to his continued help in this new role," Mroz added. "Philanthropy is an important part of college athletics nationwide, and having Rick concentrate on it will be a huge benefit to Michigan Tech."
Yeo will raise funds for all sports except football. The director of athletic development, Bill Steele, will focus his efforts exclusively on football.
Yeo came to Michigan Tech in 1973 as assistant hockey coach and the director of summer athletic youth programs. In 1976, he went to Lake Superior State University as head hockey coach and, later, as assistant athletic director. He returned to the Copper Country in 1981 as director of annual giving for the Michigan Tech Fund.
In 1989, he was named director of alumni relations, and in 1990 was appointed to his current post.
Sanregretís experience as Yeo's assistant athletic director has been great preparation for the new position, she said. "I'm very fortunate to have worked with Rick for the last 12 years, and I look forward to working with him in the future. We have a great team here, and together we're up to the challenge of bringing Michigan Tech athletics to a new level.
"I'm also excited to have this opportunity to further the academic and athletic experiences of our student-athletes."
Sanregret has risen through the ranks since joining the Athletic Department, serving as business manager and, since 1997, as assistant athletic director. Her responsibilities have covered a variety of areas, including advising on the hiring and evaluation of coaching staff; NCAA Division I and II compliance; budgets; and booster clubs.