Northwestern is promoting Mike Polisky to be its new athletic director, sources told The Athletic on Sunday.

Polisky, a Chicago native, has been with the Wildcats since 2010 as deputy director of athletics for external affairs. He was the right-hand man for former AD Jim Phillips, who was hired as ACC commissioner in December.

In a lawsuit filed that same month, Polisky was named as one of four defendants, along with the school, by a Northwestern cheerleader who accused the university of not properly handling complaints about her and her teammates being sexually exploited. Northwestern filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit on Friday.

Before arriving at Northwestern, Polisky was president and general manager of the Arena Football League’s Chicago Rush for eight seasons and president of business operations of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.



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