ATHENS, Ohio -- Oklahoma associate athletic director Kirby Hocutt is the new AD at Ohio University, University President Roderick J. McDavis announced Wednesday.
Hocutt, 33, replaces Tom Boeh, who resigned in May after 10 years at the Mid-American Conference school to become AD at Fresno State. Hocutt agreed to a multiyear contract that will pay him $170,000 per year.
"Kirby is the ideal person to lead Ohio University's athletics program to the next level," McDavis said in a statement. "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.
"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."
A four-year letterwinner in football at Kansas State, Hocutt earned his master's degree from Oklahoma. Before coming to Oklahoma, he worked in marketing and promotions at Kansas State and was an assistant director of licensing for the NCAA.
While with the Sooners, Hocutt supervised the Oklahoma athletic development office, tickets, special events, stadium suites, endowment program and letterwinners association. He also served as the primary administrator for football, while also overseeing baseball, men's and women's golf and men's and women's tennis.
His fundraising efforts helped Oklahoma to record highs in annual giving and capital campaigns.
"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," Hocutt said. "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."