ATHENS, Ohio (June 29, 2005) -- Kirby Hocutt was named the new director of athletics at Ohio University, effective Aug. 22, university President Roderick J. McDavis announced at a press conference today. Hocutt, 33, has been associate athletics director at the University of Oklahoma for the past six years.
"Kirby is the ideal person to lead Ohio University's athletics program to the next level. As a former college athlete, he views college athletics from a student-athlete's perspective and shares Ohio University's commitment to offering its student-athletes the best possible experience in the classroom and on the playing field," McDavis said. "Kirby has the highest professional and personal qualities and possesses the commitment to excellence that is necessary to ensure our athletics program reflects the quality of the university as a whole. Ohio University remains committed to academic and athletic excellence."
Hocutt said, "I've aspired to become a Division IA director of athletics at an institution that has the leadership I've seen at Ohio University. I cannot put into words the tremendous impression that President McDavis has made on me. I'm so excited to be a part of his team as well as the vision he has set for the university."
"As director of athletics, our student-athletes have to be the focal point in all that we do, and this spirit must permeate the entire department of athletics. I am a firm believer that athletic competition is an integral part of a student-athlete's educational experience. The lessons you can learn in competition you can also apply not only to your education in the pursuit of your degree, but also to your career aspirations," Hocutt said.
Hocutt's duties at Oklahoma include supervision of the athletics development office, athletics ticket office, special events, stadium suite program, athletics endowment program, letter winners association and the department's facility use and rental program. He additionally was the primary administrator for football and the sport supervisor for baseball, men's and women's golf, as well as men's and women's tennis.
Hocutt has led Oklahoma's athletics fundraising to an all-time high in annual giving and capital campaigns. Since 1998, Oklahoma's annual giving has increased from $3.4 million to more than $14 million in 2004. This 312 percent increase in annual giving is one of the highest percentage increases in intercollegiate athletics history.
Beginning in 1999, Hocutt served a leadership position in the strategic planning for the $100 million capital campaign. This $120 million campaign was unique in that it focused on facility construction or improvements for each of Oklahoma's 20 sports.
Prior to joining the Oklahoma staff, Hocutt served as the assistant director of licensing at the NCAA. In that position, he worked with corporate partners and licensees to create new revenue producing initiatives to support and promote all 81 NCAA championships. He began his career in sports administration as the assistant director of marketing and promotions at Kansas State University. While at Kansas State, he implemented revenue-producing activities for the athletics department including corporate partner sponsorships and ticket sales.
A former student-athlete at Kansas State, Hocutt was a four-year letterman as a linebacker while leading the Big 8 Conference in tackles and being named All Big 8 Conference. The Sporting News selected him in 1993 as one of the top 20 "underrated" players in the nation.
Hocutt earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State in political science in 1995 and his master's of education degree from the University of Oklahoma in December 2001. He and his wife, Diane, have two sons, Drew Phillips, 3 years old, and Brooks Ryan, who recently turned 1 year old.
College of Health and Human Services Dean Gary Neiman was chair of the search committee to find a director of athletics. The committee consisted of students, faculty, administrators and alumni. Eastman & Beaudine of Dallas, Texas, assisted in identifying and screening candidates.
"I would like to commend Dean Neiman, members of the search committee and representatives of Eastman and Beaudine for their diligence in identifying an outstanding and diverse slate of candidates," McDavis said. "As anticipated, a rich pool of applicants expressed an interest in this position."
"I also would like to thank Amy Dean, our interim director of athletics, for her great leadership during this very critical time. Amy will continue to serve as our interim director of athletics until Aug. 14," McDavis said.
Ohio University, a charter member of the Mid-American Conference, fields teams in 20 sports.
Hocutt is a native of Sherman, Texas. He succeeds Thomas Boeh, who recently resigned to accept a similar position at California State University, Fresno.
Hocutt agreed to a multi-year contract for $170,000 a year.
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