Central Michigan lines up interviews for vacant AD job

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

In a rare move, Central Michigan has released the names of its finalists for the vacant athletic-director post.

Four candidates have been identified to replace Dave Heeke as Central Michigan athletic director.

The four finalists are:

■ Mike Harrity, senior associate athletics director at Notre Dame. Interview is Monday.

■ Chris King, athletics director at University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. Interview is Tuesday.

■ Michael Alford, senior associate athletics director at Oklahoma. Interview is May 8.

■ Marie Tuite, interim athletics director at San Jose State. Interview is May 9.

Tuite, a Livonia native, appears to be the lone candidate with Michigan ties. She played field hockey and basketball at Central Michigan, and was inducted into the school's athletics Hall of Fame in 1990. He first sports administration job was at Alma College.

Central Michigan is replacing longtime athletic director Dave Heeke, who left to become AD at Arizona.

Central Michigan decided against using a national search firm and instead put together a 16-person search committee, highlighted by former Chippewas great and current Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown.

Eastern Michigan continues to search for its next athletic director, as well, to replace Heather Lyke, who left for the same post at Pittsburgh. It's not yet clear if Eastern Michigan is using a search firm.