Lysko leaves Western to pursue other opportunities

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Following a three-year tenure that saw him bring promotions to Western and secure funding for non-funded varsity teams, Michael Lysko has elected to leave his post at Western as Sports and Recreation Director to pursue other opportunities.

The announcement of Lysko’s departure was made in July, only two months after he secured an agreement to provide funding for previously unfunded varsity teams and a base for new athletic scholarships.

In a statement released to the public, Lysko indicated he is happy with what he accomplished at Western.

“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 [Canadian Interuniversity Sport].”

With the sudden departure of Lysko, current Western Intercollegiate Athletics manager Chuck Mathies is serving as interim director until a permanent replacement is found.

Mathies said he is looking to see through the plans put forward by Lysko.

“We’re four months into the budget and the plan of the things that we need to do is already mapped out,” he said. “The funding restoration to teams that didn’t have any funding is certainly something positive and something we need to spend time on, and the scholarship issue is another.”

Mathies said he is unlikely to try and implement anything different for the upcoming year.

“I would only do that if it meant positive kickbacks for our programs and revenue streams. I think Mike has mapped out a variety of good things for us this year so we’re trying to stay on track with that.”

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