WVU’s No. 2 athletics administrator Keli Zinn bound for LSU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — According to a report from Pete Thamel of ESPN, WVU’s second-in-command in the athletic department will be leaving Morgantown for LSU. Thamel reported on Tuesday that WVU’s Chief Operating Officer/Deputy Athletics Director Keli Zinn will be accepting the role of executive deputy athletic director/COO at LSU.

Zinn has been an administrator at WVU since 2010. She has represented West Virginia as a Senior Woman Administrator on Big 12 Conference and NCAA Governance groups. Zinn served as interim Director of Athletics during the transition between Oliver Luck and Shane Lyons.

Zinn is a native of Petersburg and earned two degrees from West Virginia University. In 2020, Zinn was inducted into the WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences’ Hall of Fame.


LSU confirmed the hiring of Zinn on Wednesday morning.

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