Derrick Ramsey, A member of the Ky Pro Football Hall of Fame is among 4 finalists to be EKU athletics director

Derrick Ramsey

Derrick Ramsey

Ex-Cats Ramsey, Lochmueller among 4 finalists to be EKU athletics director
February 24, 2015

Former University of Kentucky star quarterback Derrick Ramsey and ex-UK basketball player Steve Lochmueller are among four finalists to become the new athletics director at Eastern Kentucky University.

Also in the final four to become EKU AD are Jude A. Killy, senior associate athletics director at Miami (Ohio), and Christopher Walker, associate AD at Washington State.

Ramsey has been the athletics director at Coppin State since 2008. He also served as athletics director at Kentucky State (1999-2003) and worked as deputy secretary of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet (2003-07). The Camden, N.J., product, is best known in the commonwealth as the quarterback who led UK to a 9-3 record and a share of the SEC championship in 1976 and to a 10-1 record in 1977.

Since April, 2014, Lochmueller has been president of Direct Attention Inc., a company he owns. Previously, he was an executive at Lightyear Network Solutions. In the past, Lochmueller was also CEO and owner of Somerset Houseboats. The Tell City, Ind., product was a backup forward at Kentucky under coach Joe B. Hall, lettering in 1972-73 and ’73-74.

EKU is seeking a replacement for Mark Sandy, who left the school in January after 10 years to become athletics director at Ball State.

The Colonels’ new AD could preside over a period of transition. Eastern, long a member of the Football Championship Subdivision, aspires to move up to the FBS. “Given the positive trajectory of EKU athletics, we had an incredibly strong applicant pool,” Eastern Kentucky President Michael Benson said in a university news release.

Each of the four AD finalists will spend two days on EKU’s Richmond campus for a series of meetings and forums. The finalists’ visits are scheduled as follows: Walker, March 8-9; Lochmueller, March 12-13; Killy, March 16-17; and Ramsey, March 18-19.

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