University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Harvey Perlmanannounced Thursday that the school's new athletic director will be Shawn Eichorst.
Eichorst, who has served as director of athletics atthe University of Miami since April 2011, will join the University of NebraskaOct. 9 as a special assistant to the chancellor, and will take over for Tom Osborne when he retires on Jan. 1.
"After consideration of a large number of candidates, Iwas impressed with Shawn's credentials and experience but more importantly hisrespect for and appreciation of the tradition of the Nebraska athleticsprogram," Perlman said. "He expressed from the onset his hope to drawon the experience and knowledge of Tom Osborne and the rest of the currentstaff in working to continue the department's success both on and off thefield."
"It is truly an honor and privilege tobe a part of one of the great universities in America and one of the strongestathletic departments in all of college sports who has the welfare of itsstudent-athletes at the heart of everything they do," said Eichorst. "I am humbled by both theresponsibility and opportunities that lie ahead and I hope to carry on the richtradition of Husker excellence set by Coach Osborne and so many others."
Osborne will be working with Eichorst until his retirement to make a smoothleadership transition in the department, Perlman said.
Eichorst, a 1990 graduate of the University ofWisconsin-Whitewater, previously served as deputy athletics director at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison under director of athletics Barry Alvarez.There Eichorst served as the department's chief operating officer, overseeingthe day-to-day operations of the highly successful athletics program.
In his first year at Miami, Eichorst helped raise theuniversity's academic reputation, building on the school's NCAA Top 10 Percentrecognition in Academic Progress Rates for five programs, including football,baseball, men's diving, women's cross country and women's golf. He also wassuccessful in enlarging the Hurricane Club of donors and fans, increasingmemberships by 500 in one year.
Eichorst joined the University of Wisconsin's staff in 2006 as senior associateathletic director and was promoted to executive associate athletic director in2007. He oversaw a department of 23intercollegiate athletic programs, 850 student-athletes, 320 full-time employeesand operated a multi-million-dollar budget. He was involved in the design andplanning of a new ice hockey and swim facility, as well as a student-athleteperformance center.
From 2004-2006 he served as senior associate athleticdirector for administration at the University of South Carolina, where he alsoserved as interim athletic director in June 2005.
Eichorst's salary has been set at $973,000. His contract isfor five years. It provides for a substantial financial penalty if he leavesUNL within the five-year period and a $750,000 payment by the university if hestays for five years.
Eichorst and his wife Kristin have three sons, Jack, Josephand Bennett.