Former Carlyle, Illini star named EIU athletic director

July 14, 2014 

Tom Michael, a former basketball standout at Carlyle High School and the University of Illinois, has been named the director of intercollegiate athletics for Eastern Illinois Uiversity in Charleston.

Michael will be formally introduced as the 10th full-time athletic director in school history at a press conference Tuesday.

Michael will leave his post as senior associate athletic director at the University of Illinois. He will assume his role at EIU on Aug. 11 replacing Barbara Burke who took a position at Tulane in April.

"Tom Michael's experience, integrity, and commitment to the academic development of student-athletes are excellent," said EIU President William Perry. "I am very pleased he is joining the EIU family."

Michael has worked as the senior associate athletic director at Illinois since 2012. He is currently overseeing the renovations to the State Farm Center. Michael joined the Illinois athletic department in 1996 as an academic counselor. He has worked for the past 12 years in administration, serving as both an associate athletic director and assistant athletic director for student services. Michael also oversees academic services, Equipment, event management, sports medicine, and strength and conditioning for the athletic department.

"I am thrilled to be named the director of athletics at Eastern Illinois University," Michael said. "It is with great anticipation that I look forward to working with the coaches, staff and student-athletes involved with EIU Panther Athletics. I feel the 18 years of employment and four years as a student-athlete at the University of Illinois, have prepared me for this opportunity."

Michael graduated from Carlyle High School in 1989 and led his team to the 1989 Illinois High Schol basketball championship. He was an all-state forward.

Michael received both his bachelor's degree (1993) and master's degree (1994) from Illinois. He played four years for the Fighting Illini basketball program from 1991-94 helping the team make two trips to the NCAA Tournament. He was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and holds the Illinois single season record for 3-point field goal percentage.

Following his playing days Michael worked in his family's business prior to joining the staff at Illinois in 1996. He and his wife Shana have three children.

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