Georgia State’s Levick steps down as AD

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Starting July 1, Georgia State will have a new face at the athletic director position. Cur- rent athletic director Cheryl Levick announced her plans to step down to become a special as- sistant to Georgia State president Mark Becker. “I am proud of the many accomplishments that we have achieved at Georgia State and this decision did not come without a lot of thought and several good discussions with President Becker,” Levick said in a press release.

“We both want what is best for the Department of Athletics and this is the right time for me to transition to the next stage in my athletics career.”

Levick has served as athletic director at Georgia State since 2009. She cited health issues as one of her reasons for stepping down, saying she would not be able to commit to the school’s proposed project of turning the Turner Field area into a sports complex and mixed-use development in partnership with the city of Atlanta.

Georgia State said it is looking to name an interim athletic director before July 1 while it searches for a permanent replacement.


Former Georgia State pitcher David Buchanan became the first Georgia State baseball player in school history to make it to the Major Leagues when he made his debut for the Philadelphia Phillies on May 24. Buchanan picked up the 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in his debut, pitching five innings and giving up five hits, two earned runs and no walks. In his second start on May 29, Buchanan logged a quality start with 6.2 innings pitched, seven hits and three earned runs, but took a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets. He lost his third start on Tuesday after giving up seven earned runs in six innings to the Washington Nationals.

Buchanan played his junior season at Georgia State in 2010 after spending two sea- sons at Chipola Junior College, and was drafted by the Phillies in the seventh round.


Former Wake Forest men’s tennis assistant coach Brett Ross has taken the men’s head coaching position at Georgia State. Ross helped lead the team to a third-place finish in the ACC and final No. 19 ranking this season.

The reigning Sun Belt Coach of the Year for women’s tennis, Robin Stephenson, will be back for an additional season after Georgia State renewed her contract through 2014-15. Stephenson led the Panthers to their first Sun Belt Conference championship this season.

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