July 23, 2014
The Mid-American Conference has named Jon Steinbrecher as its new commissioner.
Steinbrecher comes to the MAC after serving six years as
commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference. He'll replace Rick
Chryst, who announced in January that he is stepping down when his
contract runs out June 30. Chryst has served as MAC commissioner
Western Michigan president John Dunn, who headed a search
committee, said Monday that Steinbrecher is a proven talent with
excellent administrative and academic credentials.
While with the Ohio Valley Conference, Steinbrecher increased
the conference's national television coverage by negotiating a
five-year contract extension with ESPN. The 2005 OVC men's
basketball tournament semifinal was the first sporting event
televised on ESPNU.