LSSU Names Diles New Athletic Director

Lake Superior State University named David Diles its new director of athletics Friday. Dilesdavid

Diles succeeds Dr. David Paitson, who earlier resigned after four years at LSSU to accept an assistant professor of sport management position at University of Indianapolis.

A Michigan native, Diles comes to Sault Ste. Marie and LSSU from NCAA Division I Virginia Military Institute.

“My wife, Suzanne, and I are thrilled to be returning to our home state and to be joining an institution that we believe in and a leadership team that made a profoundly positive impression. Both of our adult children, Matthew and daughter-in-law Heather, and Mitchell will be frequent visitors to Sault Ste. Marie,” Diles said in a release. “President Dr. Rodney S. Hanley and Provost Dr. Lynn G. Gillette as chair of the search committee provided a clear and compelling vision of the vital role intercollegiate athletics can play in the advancement of the university. In addition, my familiarity with the GLIAC and the CCHA will allow for a quick transition. I’m honored to accept this appointment and looking forward to working with the department’s coaches, staff, and, most importantly, the student-athletes.”

Prior to his time at VMI, Diles was the director of athletics and chair of the physical education department at NCAA Division III Case Western Reserve University (2005-13), athletic director at NCAA Division I Eastern Michigan University (1995-2005) and vice president/director of athletics at NCAA Division I St. Bonaventure University (1995-99).

Diles also previously served as assistant director of athletics at Auburn University (1991-94) and Central Michigan University (1989-91) and as director of athletics at Dexter Community Schools (1987-89). He was also an assistant assistant director of public relations for the New York Jets in 1984.

“David Diles was easily our top candidate for many reasons,” said LSSU President Hanley in a statement. “He is a highly experienced administrator with more than 25 years of work as a NCAA director of athletics and comprehensive leadership in institutional, conference, and national governance work in athletics. And he has considerable experience in growing programs, supervising capital projects, and fundraising. The list of his accomplishments is very lengthy, but perhaps the thing we were most impressed with is his record of ethical leadership at the various places he has served.”

Diles earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master of sports administration from Ohio University and a doctorate of education from University of Michigan. He has had several articles published in professional journals and has been a member of numerous conference and NCAA committees.