- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Austin Peay has hired Ryan Ivey as its athletic director.

Ivey had been athletic director at Division II program Texas A&M-Commerce; since January 2013. He replaces Derek van der Merwe, who announced in March he was stepping down to become Austin Peay’s vice president for advancement, communication and strategic initiatives.

In a school release Tuesday, Ivey said he was “extremely humbled and honored” about taking over the position.

The 34-year-old Ivey is a former Memphis punter who lettered for the Tigers from 2002-04 and worked as a holder for Stephen Gostkowski, now the New England Patriots’ kicker.

Ivey worked as McNeese State’s assistant director of athletics before coming to Texas A&M-Commerce.;

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