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Monday, June 2, 2014
BU athletic director Lynch to leave in June

By Jack McCluskey

Boston University athletic director Mike Lynch will leave the school on June 30 after more than a decade on Commonwealth Avenue, he announced Monday via a letter posted on the athletic department’s website.

“After 14 years at BU and a decade of leading the Terriers, I have come to the conclusion that it is time to move on and blaze a new path in my career,” Lynch wrote. “This is a bittersweet moment for me as I have developed so many wonderful and lifelong friendships. You have all been so very good to me, my family and our athletic program.

“I am so very proud of all that we have accomplished together along this journey and I want to send you my deepest thanks for your support, both personal and professional.”

As athletic director, Lynch oversaw the Terriers’ fifth national title in men’s hockey, the addition of men’s lacrosse and women’s lightweight rowing as varsity sports, the end of the men’s wrestling program, the building of New Balance Field and the transition from America East to the Patriot League.

Lynch also had to deal with two major scandals in his time in charge of the Terriers’ program. After two men’s hockey players were charged with sexual assault in 2012, a university-appointed task force recommended more oversight of the program. And after multiple former players accused her of mistreatment, women’s basketball coach Kelly Greenberg resigned in April.

University spokesman Colin Riley said deputy athletic director Drew Marrochello will serve as interim athletic director during the search for Lynch’s replacement.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to Mike for his many years of devoted service to Boston University and his commitment to excellence in athletics, academics and community,” Todd Klipp, secretary of the BU board of trustees, said in a statement on BU Today. “Mike has overseen the development of our athletics program into one we are all proud of, and he has encouraged our student-athletes to excel in the classroom and in their communities as well as in their athletic endeavors.”

A native of Binghamton, New York, Lynch was drafted in the 31st round by the Milwaukee Brewers after graduating from Rollins College in 1990. The right-handed pitcher played two seasons in the Milwaukee system and one season in the Boston Red Sox system before returning to school, earning a master’s degree in educational administration and beginning his career as a coach and later an administrator at Union College. From there, he moved on to the University of Miami and later BU.

While Terriers teams enjoyed a great deal of success in America East under Lynch and in their first season in the Patriot League, hockey is the undisputed No. 1 sport at BU. So how that program fares in the coming years will likely go a long way to establishing how Lynch is remembered.

Longtime coach Jack Parker announced his retirement following the 2012-13 season after more than four decades with the program, and Lynch hired David Quinn as Parker's replacement.

In the first season under Quinn, the team went just 10-21-4 (5-12-3 in Hockey East) and lost in the first round of the Hockey East tournament.

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.