Administration

Michigan hopes new Athletic Director Warde Manuel will be a source of long-term stability in the Athletic Department.

In Manuel, who will begin work March 14, the University hired a sitting athletic director for the first time in its history.

Coach Jim Harbaugh talks to reporters after Warde Manuel is announced as the University of Michigan's next athletic director at the Michigan Union on Friday.

Asked about his connection to the football program, Manuel spoke fondly about his playing career, during which he was on a team with coach Jim Harbaugh for one season.

Carol Hutchins, head softball coach of the University of Michigan, speaks to reporters after Warde Manuel is announced as the next athletic director for the University at the Michigan Union on Friday.

Hutchins, who has held her current position since 1985, has worked with eight different athletic directors throughout her coaching career.

Warde Manuel, the next athletic director for the University of Michigan, goes to shake hands with Jim Harbaugh, head coach and Manuel's captain when he played football for Michigan, at the Michigan Union on Friday.

Manuel has previously served as athletic director at both Buffalo and UConn, with success at both universities.

Interim athletic director Jim Hackett speaks to reporters after Warde Manuel is announced as the next athletic director at the Michigan Union on Friday.

After taking over in a time of turmoil between the Athletic Department and the wider student body, Hackett seems to have begun bridging the divide.

Friday, the school will announce Warde Manuel as the new athletic director after he held the same position at Connecticut for almost four years and at Buffalo for six and a half before that.

Jim Hackett oversaw a productive 15-month span as interim athletic director.

Hackett returned to his alma mater at a time of relative instability and will leave the department in better shape than he found it.

Manuel will replace interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett, who has held the post since Dave Brandon’s resignation in October 2014.

University President Mark Schlissel will hold a press conference at 11:15 a.m. Friday to announce a new Athletic Director