LSU taps West Virginia’s Keli Zinn for key athletic department post

Keli Zinn Photo courtesy West Virginia athletics

Former West Virginia athletic department administrator Keli Zinn has been tapped to be the news executive deputy athletic director and chief operating officer for LSU athletics, athletic director of Athletics Scott Woodward has announced.

   She replaces Stephanie Rempe, who was named athletic director at Nevada in June.

   “Keli is a rising star in collegiate athletics, and the experience, leadership, and vision she brings to our department will be vital to our continued growth and excellence,” Woodward said in a statement released by the school.

   “Throughout her career, she has worked diligently to provide coaches, staff, and student-athletes with everything they need to compete at the highest level.

   “In addition to her proven experience as an administrator,” Woodward added, “she embraces our department’s commitments and priorities and embodies the values that will sustain our success and elevate our entire community.”

   At LSU, Zinn will oversee daily operations of the department, working closely with university leadership, senior athletics administration and campus and community partners.

   Her duties, according to an LSU news release, will “include administrative supervision of all 21 varsity programs, as well as capital projects, revenue generation, strategic initiatives, and more.”

   Zinn was West Virginia’s deputy athletic director and COO since July 2016, and the Mountaineers’ interim athletic director from 2015-16.

   After serving as a compliance assistant with the Big East Conference from 2003-2004 and Maryland’s assistant Athletics Director from 2005-2010, the West Virginia bachelor’s and master’s sports management graduate returned to Morgantown in 2010 as associate athletics director for compliance and governance. In 2014, she was promoted to executive senior associate athletics director.

   “LSU is a world-class brand with a proud athletics tradition, and I am so honored to join the Tiger Family,” Zinn said in a statement released by LSU. “I cannot wait to work with our student-athletes, coaches, and staff to help provide a tremendous experience and to support their pursuits of excellence.”

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