Kyle Brennan Named Director of Athletics at Illinois State University

Illinois State University President Larry Dietz announced the appointment of Kyle Brennan as the Redbirds’ Director of Athletics. Brennan previously served as Utah’s chief operating officer and deputy athletics director for internal operations.

Brennan will be Illinois State’s 12th Director of Athletics in the NCAA Division I era. He has more than 16 years of combined University and athletic department experience at Northern Illinois, TCU, Ball State and Utah.

“I know I speak for the entire University community in welcoming Kyle to the Redbird family,” Dietz said. “Kyle’s skills and leadership experiences make him an excellent fit for Illinois State and his terrific attitude perfectly complements a diverse and well-rounded background. I also want to offer special thanks to our Director of Athletics search committee and to current AD Larry Lyons for delaying his retirement to accommodate a smooth transition.”

“I am grateful for this incredible opportunity, and for the confidence that President Dietz and the committee have shown in me to lead the Illinois State Athletics Department,” Brennan said. “Illinois State is an institution of excellence with a tremendous leader in Dr. Dietz. This is a special place that has achieved great success academically and athletically, and it is my charge to build on that success and help our department ascend to greater heights.”

WittKieffer’s Zach Smith, Ph.D., Jeff Compher and Kim Brettschneider led this search.

Read the press announcement.