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Stephen M. Lochmueller

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Steve Lochmueller, already a familiar name to many Kentuckians, brings an entrepreneurial vision, business savvy and proven leadership skills in diverse settings as the next Director of Athletics at Eastern Kentucky University.

In announcing the decision on March 27, 2015, EKU President Michael Benson said Lochmueller's "unique skill set" makes him ideally suited for the position.

"Steve is the son of a former student-athlete, coach and teacher; played college basketball at the highest level under legendary coaches; and has served on various athletics-affiliated boards," Benson noted. "He has been around athletics his entire life in many different roles and understands the broad spectrum that is intercollegiate athletics. Add to that his extensive business experience and his vast array of contacts within the Commonwealth and beyond, and I believe we have in Steve Lochmueller a leader who can imbue our athletics operation with a business mindset focused on resource and revenue generation."

Most of Lochmueller's career has been spent as an executive in the telecommunications field. He has served as general manager for GTE Telecommunications, vice president and general manager for Horizon Cellular, vice president for Pre-Cellular, area general manager for Nextel Partners, regional vice president for Leap Wireless, and chief operating officer, president and chief executive officer for Lightyear Network Solutions. He also served from 1992 to 1993 as a liaison for technology and communications with the Kentucky Governor's Office and CEO and owner of Somerset Houseboats from 2003 to 2009. Currently, as president of Direct Attention Inc., he provides consulting services to several clients in various fields.

"I'm honored to be the next Athletics Director at EKU," Lochmueller said. "President Benson has infused EKU with an energy that is palpable around the Commonwealth and beyond. I cannot express how excited I am to join the Colonel Nation. It is a program with a rich championship history and enormous future potential.

"Among my first priorities will be to bolster our already strong leadership team to make sure we have the necessary administrative structure in place to achieve our lofty goals," Lochmueller added. "We will aim to give our coaches the necessary resources to build and sustain championship programs with student-athletes who make us proud in the classroom, on the playing fields and courts, and in the community."

Lochmueller, one of the last players to participate in both basketball and football at UK, was a member of the University's famed 1971 "Super Kittens" recruiting class, which was undefeated as freshmen and ranked No. 1 in the nation. The 6-foot-7 center/forward helped lead his Wildcat teams to an SEC regular-season championship and NCAA Elite Eight during his career. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in general studies from UK. A native of Tell City, Ind., an Ohio River community just east of Owensboro, Lochmueller is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.

Lochmueller also has been very active in civic affairs. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Lexington Chamber of Commerce; The Child Development Centers of the Bluegrass, which he served as treasurer and vice president; the Kentucky Chapter of the Leukemia Society of America; The Kentucky Council on Economic Education; University of Kentucky Athletics; University of Kentucky Basketball Museum; Somerset-Pulaski County Development Foundation; The Houseboat Industry Association; and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. In addition, he was appointed by Gov. Paul Patton as a member of the board working with Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lambert to nominate new judges in Fayette County. He was also chairman of the board of the statewide Commercial Mobile Radio Systems (CMRS) E911. Most recently, he served on the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board for six years and on the iHigh Inc. Board of Directors.

Lochmueller currently resides in Lexington with his wife, Christi, and their twin children, Chase and Presley. He also has a grown daughter and son-in-law, Whitney and Steve Lawson, and one grandson, Jake.

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