The National Collegiate Athletic Assn. has picked Dick Schultz, University of Virginia's athletic director, as executive director, the Atlanta Journal reported in today's editions.
Walter Byers is retiring after holding the NCAA post since it was created in 1951.
Schultz, 58, has been the athletic director at Virginia since 1981.
A native of Kellogg, Iowa, he attended Central (Iowa) College, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was drafted by the Rams but instead signed a baseball contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
He played in the St. Louis farm system in 1953-56, then began his coaching career at Humboldt (Iowa) High School.
He was Iowa's freshman basketball coach in 1960, became head baseball coach in 1964 and became basketball coach in 1970.
He was hired as athletic director at Cornell in 1976 and held that position for five years before going to Virginia.