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What others say about Kirby Hocutt

ATHENS, Ohio (June 29, 2005) -- Kirby Hocutt was named the new director of athletics at Ohio University, effective Aug. 22.

Kirby HocuttRick Chryst
Commissioner
Mid-American Conference

"This is an outstanding hire for Ohio University. Kirby's professional background and breadth of administrative experience make him a perfect fit in Athens. The caliber of the candidate pool speaks to the health of the athletics department and the institutional energy, personified in President McDavis, that exists at Ohio University right now. As the charter member of the Mid-American Conference, Ohio University takes a leadership role in conference and national matters, and Kirby will be great in articulating and fostering the highest values of intercollegiate athletics. The MAC is fortunate to have excellent directors of athletics throughout the conference, and this appointment is no exception."

Joseph R. Castiglione
Director of Athletics
University of Oklahoma

"Ohio University is getting a leader who is considered one of the true rising stars in our profession. Kirby Hocutt is someone I refer to as authentic, genuine and a person of impeccable character. He constantly reflects the values that are critically important to higher education, a super work ethic and a special ability to establish or strengthen relationships between donors, coaches, student-athletes and other institutional stakeholders. Check his record and you’ll find these skills have been a standard for him throughout his life. I learned of those characteristics in him and decided to make him my first hire here at Oklahoma. Since then, he has been either at the heart of or in the forefront of many extraordinary things we've been able to accomplish. You are getting a great person at an exciting time for your program."

Bob Stoops
Head Football Coach
University of Oklahoma

"I remember Kirby as a player on our team when I coached at Kansas State. He always had great competitiveness, and he was first class in every way. That hasn't changed. Now, as an administrator, I know he has been a great asset to Joe Castiglione and to everyone associated with the football program. We've made great strides with our support and facilities, and Kirby has been at the center of those improvements. I'm excited to see him associated with Frank Solich, a coach I respect greatly for his knowledge of football and his great track record of success at Nebraska. I know Kirby and Frank will form a great team at Ohio University."

Michael O'Brien
Director of Athletics
University of Toledo

"Kirby is one of the top young administrators in the country. This is a terrific hire for Ohio University and the Mid-American Conference. Kirby's work ethic, attention to detail and the recognition of the department's needs are outstanding. His decisions are clearly made to better the student-athlete experience. All of Kirby's success indicates that he is more than prepared for a director of athletics position."

Dutch Baughman
Executive Director
Division IA Athletic Directors' Association

"Kirby is a graduate of the Division IA Athletic Directors' Institute, and it has been a pleasure to watch how hard he has worked to prepare himself for this opportunity. He has been mentored very well, and he has an exceptionally strong personal character. Kirby is ready for this honor."

Jeff Long
Director of Athletics
University of Pittsburgh

"Kirby's experience as a Division I student-athlete, as a member of the NCAA staff and as an athletic administrator on campus have prepared him extremely well to meet the challenges faced by today's director of athletics. His high level of personal and professional integrity coupled with his warm and engaging style make him well-suited to work with the numerous stakeholders at Ohio University."

Kevin Weiberg
Commissioner
Big 12 Conference

"Kirby is one of the best young administrators in the country. He will do a fantastic job at Ohio University. He has been a very valuable part of the administration at Oklahoma, and we will miss him in the Big 12, but I am delighted that he will have this opportunity."

Mike Alden
Director of Athletics
University of Missouri

"Kirby Hocutt is a well-rounded professional who will do a tremendous job in the position of director of athletics at Ohio University. He has prepared himself well for this opportunity and will utilize broad experiences to enhance the academic and athletic success of the Bobcats."

Mike Bohn
Director of Athletics
University of Colorado

"Kirby Hocutt represents everything that is right about college athletics. As an exemplary student-athlete and a top-flight administrator, he and Ohio University have a bright future."

Bob Beaudine
President and CEO
Eastman & Beaudine

"Kirby Hocutt is a superb choice for Ohio University. He is a tremendous administrator and will bring passion, great organizational skills and a strong work ethic to that role. His previous experience at such a highly successful program will set a great tone at Ohio University."

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