Western Michigan University's track coach suspended ahead of MAC championships


    Kelly Lycan has been the head coach of the women's track team at Western Michigan University since 2001. (WWMT/Contributed)

    Western Michigan University has suspended track coach Kelly Lycan, sending the team to the MAC Indoor Championships this weekend without him.

    Western Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard confirmed Friday that Lycan is on paid administrative leave. She declined to comment further.

    Newschannel 3 has learned that there is a personnel investigation underway regarding Lycan’s time with the team.

    Lycan, contacted by phone, declined to comment on his suspension.

    The track team is competing for a major title at the championship meet, scheduled Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, 2019, at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

    Lycan was tapped as head coach of Western’s women’s cross country and track and field teams prior to the 2001-02 seasons. Since then, the team has won 49 individual Mid-American Conference titles and 20 MAC relay titles across the indoor and outdoor seasons.

    Before arriving at Western, Lycan spent seven years (1993-00) as the top assistant at Ball State University. During those years the Cardinals won seven indoor and outdoor MAC Championships, where Lycan tutored 41 individual MAC Champions.

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