2012 Mocs tennis
director of athletics
director of athletics
the last five seasons, more than any other SoCon school. • In 2008-09, Chattanooga posted school records with five teams competing in the NCAA Championships and 10 squads represented in the postseason. • Set a school record in 2009 with a 99th place finish in the NACDA Learfield Director’s Cup that measures the overall success of all Division I athletic programs. Three of the Mocs’ top-5 alltime finishes in the NACDA Director’s Cup have come in Hart’s tenure. • Captured UTC’s first Germann Cup in 2007-08, signifying the best all-around women’s sports program in the Southern Conference.
When Rick Hart came to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, he brought with him a vision and plan for the future of the Mocs. Over the last five years, Hart has changed the landscape of the UTC Athletics Department with his leadership, organizational skills and innovative ideas on how to fulfill the Mocs’ mission of preparing students for productive and meaningful lives. Since his hiring on May 23, 2006, Hart’s efforts have made a tremendous impact on the Mocs student-athletes’ quest for comprehensive excellence – academically, athletically and socially. Academically • Shown continuous improvement in the overall grade-point-averages for student-athletes in each of the last six semesters - highlighted by a 2.97 g.p.a. in the spring of 2011, the highest semester mark on record. • Over half of the Mocs’ student-athletes made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll each of the last four semesters. • Developed and implemented an ambitious APR improvement plan that has increased the APR scores of all Mocs athletics programs. • Expanded the Compliance and Academic Services departments to help student-athletes progress toward the ultimate goal of earning a college degree. Athletically • Captured 17 regular season and 19 tournament championships in the Southern Conference over
Senior Associate Athletics Director
Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA
Currently, Hart serves as a member of the NCAA Division I Championship/Sports Management Cabinet and the FSC Athletics Directors Association Executive Committee. He is active in the community is a sought-after speaker among the area’s many civic organizations. In addition to his selection as the Grand Marshal of the 2007 Region 4 Special Olympics, Hart has been appointed to the Board of Directors with the March of Dimes – River Valley Division, the Greater Chattanooga Sports and Events Committee and the Finley Stadium Corporation. He is also a member of the Chattanooga Downtown Rotary and the United Way of Greater Chattanooga Leadership Club.
Socially • Focused attention on strengthening the relationship between Mocs Athletics and the UTC community. • Cultivated and maintained relationships with local and national press that has led to unequalled media attention for a program of this size. • Expanded educational programming for student-athletes, coaches and staff as part of a commitment to learning and personal and professional development.
Hart arrived on the UTC campus after serving seven years at the University of Oklahoma in various athletics administrative capacities. Hart’s career with the Sooners began in 1999 as the Director of Marketing and Licensing. He became Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Licensing in 2001, and developed and implemented marketing campaigns which generated annual ticket revenues in excess of $19.5 million. Hart was promoted to Associate Athletics Director for Program Advancement and Branding in 2003 and Senior Associate Athletics DirecHart has also been very successful in the tradi- tor in 2006. tional roles as UTC Athletics Director. In an effort to ensure efficient and effective management Hart has also worked in athletics for the Univerof all elements of the athletics program, and to sity of North Carolina and East Carolina Univerbetter align athletics with the academic mission sity and has served with the U.S. Olympic Comof the institution, Hart developed and installed mittee. A 1994 graduate of UNC, Hart earned a the Strategic Plan for UTC Athletics. A focus on bachelor’s degree in Physical Education, Health the student-athlete experience has resulted in and Sport Science. Hart and his wife, Allison, increased ticket sales and fundraising, innova- also a graduate of North Carolina, are proud partive partnerships, improved athletics facilities ents of Trevor and Caroline. and the addition of quality coaches. A third-generation athletics administrator, Hart’s Managing finite resources in collegiate athletics father, Dave, currently serves as Executive Diis widely known as a difficult task. Hart made fis- rector of Athletics at the University of Alabama, cal stewardship a priority for the department and his late grandfather, Dave Sr., served in a since his arrival. With diligent leadership and a variety of roles within collegiate athletics includcommitment from each and every member of the ing a stint as the Commissioner of the Southern department, UTC Athletics has made significant Conference from 1987-91. strides towards reducing the financial burden on the institution and adherence to university allocated budgets.
Andrew Horton Associate A.D. External
Assistant A.D. Equipment & Facilities
Dr. Emily Blackman Dr. Jay Blackman Assistant A.D. Academics
Assistant A.D. Communications
Dr. Mike Jones Faculty Athletics Representative
Published on Jan 10, 2012