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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Buffalo's Warde Manuel named AD at UConn

UConn has hired Warde Manuel to be its new athletic director.

Warde has been the athletic director at Buffalo since 2005 and also had a stint as an associate athletic director at Michigan.

During his tenure at Buffalo, he oversaw a department that made tremendous strides in improving the APR numbers, something that figures to be a priority at UConn since the three-time national champion men's basketball team is currently ineligible for next year's NCAA tournament because of substandard APR numbers.

He will sign a five-year contract and be officially introduced at a press conference tomorrow.

"I am so honored and excited to come to the University of Connecticut," said Manuel in a statement. "UConn is synonymous with greatness, excellence and achievement. It is without a doubt one of the legendary schools that is at the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics. The opportunity to be the athletics director at UConn and lead this extraordinary division is the role of a lifetime. You have remarkable coaches, great leadership, outstanding student-athletes and a wonderful base of fans, alumni and supporters. Our focus will be on academic success, compliance, ensuring great relationships with our fans, friends and supporters and, without a doubt, victory on the field and the court. My family and I are so happy to call UConn home."

UConn has been without a permanent athletic director since Jeff Hathaway retired in August. Paul Pendergast has been serving as the interim AD since Sep. 19.

"We are incredibly proud and thrilled that Warde will be joining the Husky family," UConn president Susan Herbst said in a statement. "UConn is one of the great American universities, and our athletics program is the envy of many. It’s because of this that we were able to attract an amazing pool of candidates from across the nation – and an ideal, stand-out candidate of Warde’s exceptionally high caliber. He will play an integral, and even transformational, role in the future of UConn athletics. It’s a great day for this university."

Here's a link to his bio as well as a link to the official release

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