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Nicholls announces interim athletics director
Lindsey McKaskle, executive associate athletics director for internal affairs, has been named interim director of athletics at Nicholls State University.
McKaskle replaces Matt Roan, who has been named the vice president and director of athletics at Eastern Kentucky University. Roan will remain at Nicholls through the end of the month.
“Matt has done a phenomenal job for Nicholls State University, and our student-athletes, and I know Lindsey will continue that trend,” Nicholls President Jay Clune said in a news release. “We are going to conduct a national search to find the individual who meets our university values and can continue to build upon the positive momentum in the classroom and on the field.”
McKaskle, who also serves as senior woman administrator, oversees internal affairs, including compliance, reporting, academic services, game-day experience, sports performance, facilities and equipment.
McKaskle joined the Nicholls athletics department in June 2017. A West Monroe native, she came to Nicholls after working with Roan at Eastern Kentucky University. While at Eastern Kentucky, she served as assistant athletic director for compliance and student success and senior woman administrator.
McKaskle earned her bachelor’s in sociology from Louisiana College in 2003 and was a four-year letter winner for the softball team. From there, she earned her master’s at Belmont University in 2009 in sports administration. McKaskle served as a compliance intern at Belmont and Vanderbilt before being hired at Eastern Kentucky.
Roan was first hired as athletic director at Nicholls in 2016. Since then, he has led Nicholls athletics to achievements on and off the field, including:
—Record-breaking GPA and retention rates of student-athletes.
—Conference championships in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball and football.
—NCAA postseason appearances in football and women’s basketball.
—Landed the largest donation in school history for the Barker Hall Expansion Project.
—Added beach volleyball to the competitive slate and reinstated indoor and outdoor men’s track and field.
“Matt has been a driving force in the success and momentum we have seen in community support both on- and off-campus,” Clune said in a news release. “We will certainly miss him and his family, but we wish him the best at Eastern Kentucky University.”
Clune added, “We have a succession plan. I have complete confidence and trust in Lindsey McKaskle to do the job, as I do in our coaches and athletic staff to do their jobs. It will be business as usual over the next several months as we notch more victories and hopefully win more championships.”