UConn's Warde Manuel Named New AD at Michigan

UConn athletic director Warde Manuel is leaving UConn to take the athletic director job at the University of Michigan.

He will begin on March 13, University of Michigan announced this morning.

Rachel Rubin, who began her career at UConn as an associate athletic director and serves as chief of staff to the president, will serve as interim athletic director and UConn will conduct a national search for a replacement for Manuel.

Earlier this week, sources told NBC Connecticut sports director Kevin Nathan that Manuel is taking the Michigan job.

Manuel, who has been the athletic director at UConn since 2012, was a high school All-American football player and played for the University of Michigan. In 1998, he was named an assistant athletic director at Michigan.

Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett said in a text message Wednesday morning: "Search is confidential until announcement."

Hackett has served as AD since Oct. 31, 2014, when he came out of retirement to replace Dave Brandon after he resigned.

Hackett is on the school's advisory committee for its AD search, but pulled his own name out of the running.

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