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USC Upstate introduces new athletic director

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The University of South Carolina Upstate will officially introduce Julio Freire as the new athletic director and vice chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics on Thursday.

Freire, who previously worked as deputy athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh, replaces Lee Fowler, who retired in June.

"This is an exciting day for the future of Spartans Athletics," Dr. Brendan B. Kelly, chancellor of USC Upstate said in a news release "I'm excited for the opportunity to work with Julio. He brings a tremendous amount of energy, experience in Division I intercollegiate athletics and the vision needed to further advance our athletics programs. He also truly understands the lasting value of college athletics in preparing young people to experience success in competition, in the classroom and most importantly in life."

USC Upstate offers 17 NCAA Division I sports in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Freire starts at USC Upstate on August 1.

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