The board of directors for the Indianapolis-based Horizon League has selected Julie Roe Lach as the league’s next commissioner. Roe Lach, who has served as deputy commissioner since 2014, will begin her new role in January.

Roe Lach succeeds Jonathan LeCrone, who will move to a new role as advisor to the commissioner. LeCrone has served as commissioner of the league since 1992.

“(Julie) is the perfect successor to Jon and brings extremely strong credentials and a vision to take the Horizon League to new heights in student-athlete support and basketball prominence,” said Mark Mone, chairman of the board for the Horizon League. “We are grateful to Jon, Julie and our Board for their work in executing our succession plan. The process has been both collaborative and strategic.”

Prior to joining the Horizon League, Roe Lach spent more than 15 years at the NCAA, most recently serving as vice president of enforcement. She also founded JRL Consulting, which merged with Church Church Hittle + Antrim Collegiate Consulting. She continues to serve as managing principal and of counsel with the firm’s sports law practice.

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