CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Robert Scalise was hired as Harvard's athletic director, putting him in charge of the largest Division I athletic program with 41 varsity sports.

Scalise, a former Harvard coach in men's lacrosse and women's soccer, succeeds William Cleary. Cleary officially retired June 30.

The 51-year-old Scalise currently is an administrator at Harvard Business School.

``Having been both a player and a coach in the Ivy League, I will be committed to upholding the principals which the league stands for and provide a broad-based athletic experience for the students at Harvard,'' he said.

He received a master's in business administration from Harvard in 1989. In 1996 he became administrative dean of the business school, where he oversees a $200 million operating budget.