Julie Roe Lach, '04, Is Deputy Commissioner of Horizon League


Julie Roe LachJulie Roe Lach, '04, has become deputy commissioner of the Horizon League. She began her new responsibilities August 4.

Formerly president of JRL Consulting and former vice president of enforcement at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Roe Lach has over 20 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics.

As president of JRL Consulting, Roe Lach focused on placement advising and contract negotiations for clients seeking executive level jobs, strategic planning with conferences, compliance education and advising for institutions and head coaches, and leadership development for female administrators.

Roe Lach will oversee the implementation of the Horizon League’s strategic plan, which is in its final stages of development. Additionally, she will handle the day-to-day operations within the league office while supervising regular season and championship competition, messaging, governance, student-athlete well-being, corporate sponsorships, and resource allocation.

Prior to founding JRL Consulting, Roe Lach spent nearly 16 years at the NCAA, working her way from an intern to vice president of enforcement. As vice president, she restructured a department of 55 staff members after meeting with over 150 constituents to help identify key issues facing the national governing body. Roe Lach was a part of the group that initiated the overhauled penalty structure and process for adjudicating cases which was adopted by the membership in November 2012.

She is a former First Team All-American and GTE Academic All-American women’s basketball player at Millikin University, where she is a trustee emeritus. She received an honorary doctorate from Millikin University in 2012.

“Julie approaches everything she does, on a professional or personal level, with the utmost integrity and enthusiasm. She will be a great leader at the Horizon League,” said IU McKinney Dean Andy Klein.

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