Heeke Awarded Contract Extension

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan University and Associate Vice President/Director of Athletics Dave Heeke have agreed in principle to a new three-year contract that will keep him with the Chippewas until at least June 30, 2014.

According to a statement released Tuesday by the University, the contract is effective January 1, 2011 and will keep Heeke's base salary the same. The agreement, which is the first multiyear contract for Heeke, also includes performance incentives.

"I would like to thank (CMU President) Dr. (George) Ross for the confidence he has in the direction of the athletics program," Heeke said. "I am excited about serving on his senior leadership team and serving the university as a whole for many years to come."

Now beginning his sixth year with the Chippewas, Heeke's tenure has been defined by athletic success, academic excellence, national media exposure, record fund-raising and a commitment to facilities.

CMU is coming off one of the most successful years in recent history. After earning the Mid-American Conference's 2009 Cartwright Award for having the league's best overall department, the 2009-10 academic year brought conference championships in football, women's soccer, wrestling, gymnastics and baseball. The Chippewas added MAC Tournament titles in women's soccer, wrestling and baseball, while the men's basketball program repeated as the MAC West Division champion. Three teams ended their seasons nationally ranked.

"While we have accomplished much in our department, there is still a lot to be done," Heeke added. "I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead as we continue to grow our championship culture."

Heeke was introduced as the Chippewas' athletics director at a press conference Dec. 8, 2005 and began his duties Jan. 16, 2006.

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