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Damani Leech, whose duties with the NCAA included directing the College World Series, is leaving collegiate athletics for the NFL.
Leech will resign as the NCAA’s managing director of championships and alliances at the end of the month to become the NFL’s vice president for media strategy and business development.
The NFL recruited Leech to fill the new senior level executive position.
Leech’s 17-year tenure at the NCAA included a dozen years of association with the CWS. He served a decade as CWS Director Dennis Poppe’s top lieutenant before taking over in 2014 when Poppe retired.
Leech said the decision to leave the NCAA was difficult.
“I think the CWS is positioned to grow even more,” Leech said. “By grow, I mean enhance the experience for the student-athletes, the teams and the fans. It’s a real, real special event.
“You hear people say that and it sounds cliché, but it really is. The time I’ve been with the NCAA, I’ve had a chance to spend time around a lot of different championship events. There really aren’t many things around that are like the College World Series.”
Leech said his superiors at the NCAA are well aware of that.