Heeke promises excellence as head of Arizona athletics

Posted at 8:25 AM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 08:25:46-05

As Dave Heeke tells it, he and his new wife loaded up their Chevy Nova nearly 30 years ago and headed to Oregon for a low-level University of Oregon administrative job bolstering the athletic department's support in Portland.

He is back out West again, in a much more prestigious job, new athletic director at the University of Arizona.

Heeke was introduced at a news conference Thursday, saying he wants to lead "a national-caliber program" across the board.

The 53-year-old Heeke comes to Tucson after 11 seasons at Central Michigan, hired just 39 days after Greg Byrne's surprising resignation to become athletic director at Alabama.