January 21, 2020

Nicholls State Announces New Interim Athletics Director

Nicholls State Announces New Interim Athletics Director

Matt Roan, the current interim Director of Athletics at Nicholls State University, has accepted the position of Vice President and Director of Athletics at Eastern Kentucky University. Replacing him will be Lindsey McKaskle, who is currently the executive associate athletics director for internal affairs.  Roan will remain in his position at Nicholls State University until the end of January.

Nicholls State University President, Dr. Jay Clune, states; “Matt has done a phenomenal job for Nicholls State University and our student-athletes, and I know Lindsey will continue that trend. We are going to conduct a national search to find the individual who meets our university values and can continue to build upon the positive momentum in the classroom and on the field.”

In her current role, Lindsey McKaskle oversees internal affairs including compliance, reporting, academic services, sports performance, facilities, equipment, and game day experience. She also serves as a senior woman administrator.

McKaskle joined the Nicholls State University athletics department team in June of 2017. Originally from West Monroe, Louisiana, McKaskle joined Nicholls after working with Roan at Eastern Kentucky University. While she was at Eastern Kentucky University, she was the assistant athletic director for compliance and student success, as well as a senior woman administrator.

Lindsey McKaskle earned a bachelor’s in sociology in 2003 from Louisiana College and was also a four-year letter winner for the softball team. She then went on to earn her master’s in sports administration from Belmont University in 2009. Before being hired at Eastern Kentucky University, she has served as a compliance intern at Belmont and Vanderbilt.

Matt Roan was hired initially as athletic director at Nicholls State University in 2016. Ever since, he has led Nicholls Athletics to achievements on and off the field, including:

– Record-breaking GPA and retention rates of student-athletes

– Conference championships in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, softball and football

– NCAA postseason appearances in football and women’s basketball

– Landed the largest donation in school history for the Barker Hall Expansion Project

– Added beach volleyball to the competitive slate and reinstated indoor and outdoor men’s track and field

“Matt has been a driving force in the success and momentum we have seen in community support both on- and off-campus,” Clune said. “We will certainly miss him and his family, but we wish him the best at Eastern Kentucky University.”

Dr. Clune added; “We have a succession plan. I have complete confidence and trust in Lindsey McKaskle to do the job, as I do in our coaches and athletic staff to do their jobs. It will be business as usual over the next several months as we notch more victories and hopefully win more championships.”

Nicholls State University is a student-centered regional institution located in Thibodaux, Louisiana. They offer accredited degree programs and unique learning experiences with a goal to prepare their students for life beyond the classroom and to have a successful career. They are dedicated to the education of their diverse student body while also providing a rich cultural and educational environment.

“Nicholls supports the educational, cultural, and economic needs of its service region and cultivated productive, responsible, and engaged citizens.”

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