Lach was hired by the NCAA in 1998 as a student-athlete reinstatement representative after one year as an intern. She was named director of student-athlete reinstatement in 1999 and director of enforcement in 2004. She also spent nine years on the board of trustees at Millikin University, her alma mater.
Late last year, the Los Angeles Times reported that an NCAA investigator had been fired after her boyfriend had been overheard on a flight saying that the NCAA would never allow highly-touted recruit Shabazz Muhammad to play. Lach was on maternity leave when the investigator was reportedly fired.
And since last summer, two investigators have left, director of enforcement Bill Benjamin resigned and now Lach is on her way out, too.
“This is an outcome that nobody wants to see on their watch or anyone else’s,” Emmert said. “It’s something that’s an embarrassment to the association, it’s something that’s contrary to all the things we engage and all the things we espouse, so this is not a good situation at all.”
Online NCAA report: http://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2013-02-18/report-details-missteps-insufficient-oversight-ncaa-commits-improve