PITTSBURGH—University of Pittsburgh director of athletics Heather Lyke announced today the hiring of Chris Hoppe as executive associate athletic director for sport administration and student-athlete support services.
Hoppe arrives at Pitt from Eastern Michigan University, where he served as senior associate athletic director for administration. In his new capacity at Pitt, Hoppe will have oversight of sport administration, NCAA compliance, financial aid, life skills, equipment services, sports performance, student conduct and Title IX. He additionally will serve as a liaison to Pitt’s Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes.
"We are extremely excited to welcome Chris to our leadership team,” Lyke said. “I’m confident he will bring excellent ideas and a strong work ethic to help us build a culture of comprehensive excellence. His previous professional experiences and focus on the quality of our student-athlete experiences will be great assets for Pitt.”
“My family and I are incredibly excited to return to Western Pennsylvania,” said Hoppe, who previously was an athletics administrator at Robert Morris University. “We have witnessed firsthand the passion this region has for the University of Pittsburgh, and couldn't be more pleased to play a role in the proud tradition of Pitt Athletics. The dynamic team that Heather Lyke is assembling in the department is committed to providing Pitt student-athletes with an experience that is second to none. I look forward to getting to know the student-athletes, fans and friends of Pitt Athletics and working together to become the premier athletic department in the ACC."
During his six-year tenure at Eastern Michigan (2011-17), Hoppe was an integral figure for the athletic department’s executive leadership team. His responsibilities at EMU included oversight of sport administration, sports performance, sports medicine, facility planning, Title IX compliance and equipment operations.
Hoppe served as the sport administrator for men's basketball, baseball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's swimming and diving, women's rowing, women's soccer, women's tennis and wrestling. He additionally was instrumental in the development of Cornerstones, the Eastern Michigan Athletic Department’s strategic planning document.
Hoppe's appointment with the Panthers marks his return to Pittsburgh. From 2009-11, he served as assistant athletic director for NCAA compliance at Robert Morris University. In addition to his compliance duties, he had sport oversight for seven Colonials programs. Hoppe also was part of an RMU committee that successfully lured the 2013 Frozen Four to Pittsburgh.
From 2006-08, Hoppe worked at San Diego State University as a student-athlete eligibility/student services coordinator. He began his college athletics career in 2005 at the University of Wisconsin as a compliance intern.
Hoppe graduated with honors from Wisconsin in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in English. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Hoppe is a member of the Wisconsin Bar, U.S. Federal District Court, and previously served as a court commissioner for the Oneida County (Wis.) Circuit Court.
Hoppe additionally is completing his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Wisconsin.
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