August 04, 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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