Parkersburg native, Lyons out at WVU

Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 10:38 AM EST
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE - West Virginia University has confirmed that it Shane Lyons is out as Athletic Director and Associate Vice President of the school.

In a news release Monday, November 14, 2022, school president Gordon Gee says the school is moving quickly to name a new AD.

Rob Alsop has been named the interim AD. Aslop is WVU’s vice president for strategic initiatives.

WVU is hiring the search firm Turnkey ZRG to help find Lyon’s replacement. The school says it hopes to have its new athletic director named in three to four weeks.

Alsop is scheduled to meet with the media during a news conference starting at 1:00 p.m.

In the news release thanked Lyons for his work for the school:

“I deeply appreciate Shane’s leadership over the past eight years and I wish him well,” Gee said. “But with the ever-changing landscape of intercollegiate athletics, I believe this is an opportunity to bring a fresh perspective to our program.”

Gee also says there will be no changes to the football program in the coming weeks.

“We are supporting Coach Neal Brown and our team as we complete our season over the next few weeks,” Gee said. “We are aware there are some deficiencies, but we have not given up on the coach and the team, and they have not given up on each other. The evaluation of the football program will be the first task of our new athletic director and no changes will be made until that review has been completed.”

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WTAP) - Parkersburg native Shane Lyons is reportedly out as West Virginia University’s Athletic Director.

According to multiple sources, WVU has agreed to part ways with Lyons.

Lyons came to WVU in 2015 as Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President. Before that, he held various other positions in college athletics, including Deputy Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama and Associate Commissioner for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

According to his biography on, Lyons graduated from Parkersburg High School, where he was a standout basketball player. Lyons then graduated from WVU in 1988.

WVU is expected to begin a search for Lyon’s replacement immediately.

Stay tuned to WTAP for more information on this story as it becomes available.