Tuesday, December 3, 2019

New athletic director Peyton Deterding arrives at UIS

University of Illinois Springfield presented Peyton Deterding as its new athletic director Monday at The Recreation and Athletic Center. Deterding replaces Jim Sarra, who resigned in July for undisclosed reasons after holding the position for three years.

Deterding will officially begin his first day next Monday. “I’m extremely excited to be chosen as the next athletic director here,” Deterding said Monday. “But I want to make one thing clear: this isn’t about me. This is about our student-athletes, our coaches and our support staff. Together we will celebrate our victories and become stronger in times when we fall short.”

Deterding, 44, arrives at UIS after spending 12 years at Illinois State University, last serving as the school’s senior associate athletic director.

The UIS men’s basketball team, in fact, last played at ISU on Friday in an exhibition game. Deterding called the Great Lakes Valley Conference a premier league in NCAA Division II and said one of the reasons UIS appealed to him was its ability to grow as a fairly young DII school, moving up from NAIA in 2009. 

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on December 2, 2019.

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