Tennessee Hires New Athletic Director

Word broke on Tuesday that the University of Tennessee has hired a new Athletic Director. The change is a result of current Tennessee AD Dave Hart announcing his retirement. After a long process took place in hiring the new AD, John Currie proved to be the right fit for Tennessee.

John Currie, age 45, is a graduate of Wake Forest University, and also has a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Tennessee. Currie served in various roles in Tennessee’s athletic department from 1997 until 2009. In 2009, Currie accepted the Director of Athletics job at Kansas State.

During his time at Tennessee, Currie was instrumental in the hiring of highly-successful basketball head coach Bruce Pearl. Currie also oversaw the $36 million renovations to Tennessee’s Pratt Pavilion basketball practice facility. He was also an integral part in planning the $200 million renovations to Neyland Stadium. And led the charge in implementing a student season-tickets program to Tennessee in 2008. Currie’s work as Associate Athletic Director for Development at Tennessee, included raising money for a new aquatic center, a new softball stadium, a new soccer stadium, and baseball stadium renovations.

Currie spent eight years as the AD at Kansas State. During that time, the football program went to 7 straight bowl games and won the Big 12 in 2012. The men’s basketball program went to 5 NCAA Tournaments, with one Elite Eight appearance, and won the Big 12 in 2012-13. The women’s basketball program went to 3 NCAA Tournaments as well. In baseball, during Currie’s tenure, Kansas State made three NCAA Tournament appearances and won the Big 12 in 2013. Kansas State also won 8 individual NCAA track and field titles during that time. Along with all the championships, Kansas State also produced 137 All-Americans during John Currie’s tenure. He has also guided the K-State athletic program to a budget surplus for the last six years.  Currie was honored in 2013 as one of four Under Armour Athletic Directors of the Year, after the football, men’s basketball, and baseball teams all won conference championships.

John Currie commented on his new role at Tennessee by saying, “It is a very exciting time for my family and me as we return to a place that remains very special to us. We spent 10 years in Knoxville prior to taking the job at K-State, and I appreciate Chancellor Davenport and the University of Tennessee for providing us this special opportunity. As a graduate of the University of Tennessee, I know how much UT athletics means to the people in the state, and I look forward to serving all of the Big Orange Nation, its wonderful coaches, staff and student-athletes, for many years to come. We are excited to return to Rocky Top.”

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  1. But it’s not enough to decide on Hart’s successor. It needs to be done in a timely fashion, which means expediting Hart’s departure and hiring a new athletic director by the end of the football season.

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