UK Athletics plans department realignment

The UK Athletics Department announced Tuesday it will restructure its senior leadership, according to a press release.

Sandy Bell, Marc Hill and DeWayne Peevy have been promoted to executive directors of athletics for student services, internal operations and external operations, respectively.

The move will fill the roles left by the departure of Rob Mullens and Mark Coyle, who took athletic director positions at Oregon and Boise State, respectively. It will also fill the void left by former Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations Lisa Patterson, who went to Oregon as well to take a position as senior associate director of athletics.

“We have structurally changed our senior leadership position based on the assembled group of talent we currently have on our staff,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Some have been awarded special recognition for their work. I want to reward those who have laid the foundation for our success.”