UT-Chattanooga's AD Sloan to retire in May

Updated: February 4, 2006, 6:00 PM ET
Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Steve Sloan will retire as Chattanooga's athletic director in May after four years with the Mocs.

Sloan, who also worked as athletic director at Alabama, Central Florida and North Texas, plans to move to Orlando, Fla., to be with his family. He announced his retirement Friday but said he would stay until Chattanooga finds his replacement.

"He has kept our athletic programs among the most competitive in the conference while getting us in compliance with Title IX," chancellor Roger Brown said.

Chattanooga won its first Commissioners Cup last year for the Southern Conference's most successful men's program. Under Sloan, Chattanooga added women's golf using money from a $50 per student athletic fee. But basketball attendance is down this season to 3,550 through 11 games compared with an average of 4,400 in 2002-03.

Sloan played quarterback at Alabama under coach Bear Bryant and spent three seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He coached at Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Mississippi and Duke before returning to Alabama in 1987 as athletic director through 1989.

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