Kirby Hocutt has guided the Texas Tech athletics department to unprecedented success since being named the 13th Director of Athletics in school history on March 2, 2011.
Hocutt, who also serves as the College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chairman, has led Texas Tech to one of its most successful eras in recent history over the past two academic years, highlighted by six Big 12 titles (women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and baseball) and 14 of 17 intercollegiate sports advancing to the NCAA postseason during that span.
In fact, Texas Tech was the only Big 12 program during the 2015-16 year to qualify for a bowl game and have its men’s basketball and baseball teams both advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Raider baseball program capped the successful year by winning the Big 12 regular-season title and advancing to the College World Series for the second time in the past three seasons.
Tim Tadlock and the Red Raiders followed with another Big 12 regular-season title during the 2017 season while the women’s tennis program boasted its most successful year in program history, claiming both the Big 12 regular-season and tournament crowns while also advancing to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.
In addition to Texas Tech’s success the past two years, Hocutt has boosted Texas Tech’s athletic profile with a list of achievements such as:
In August 2014, Texas Tech unveiled the first athletics specific fundraising campaign in university history: The Campaign for Fearless Champions. The campaign includes four components: enhance athletic facilities, invest in the athletic scholarship endowment, grow the Talkington Leadership Academy and provide for the future of Texas Tech Athletics. The $185 million initiative focuses on benefiting all 17 Texas Tech athletic teams. Since his hire in March 2011, Hocutt has made four major and current coaching hires: Kliff Kingsbury (football), Chris Beard (men's basketball), Candi Whitaker (women's basketball), and Tim Tadlock (baseball). Texas Tech has claimed nine Big 12 Conference titles during Hocutt’s tenure (four in women’s tennis, two in baseball and one in men’s tennis, soccer and men’s track and field). In addition, the Red Raider football program has played in three bowl games (2012 Meinecke Texas Bowl, 2013 Holiday Bowl and 2015 AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl) while Texas Tech has earned 49 NCAA team postseason appearances. The Texas Tech baseball program advanced to the College World Series for the first time in school history in 2014. The Red Raiders returned to Omaha again in 2016, making Texas Tech one of just seven programs nationally to advance to the College World Series twice over the three-year period. In addition, the Texas Tech soccer and women’s tennis teams both advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in program history during the 2014-15 academic year. The women’s tennis program eclipsed that mark during a 2017 campaign that saw the Lady Raiders win both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history.
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Individually, Texas Tech student-athletes have claimed eight NCAA titles, 37 Big 12 titles, 194 NCAA All-America honors, 319 All-Big 12 selections while the men’s tennis program boasted national doubles finalists in back-to-back years (2013 and 2014). Texas Tech student-athletes have also achieved in the classroom as the Red Raiders have earned 19 Academic All-America awards and 433 Academic All-Big 12 honors. Overall, Texas Tech's team NCAA Academic Progress Rate scores (APR) have been ranked among the top Big 12 performers (2011-17), while 13 programs have achieved exceptionally high scores of 980-plus. Hocutt initiated the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy in 2014. Led by former Texas Tech and Hall of Fame Coach Marsha Sharp, the one-of-a-kind leadership academy is designed to prepare student-athletes for success after graduation. As part of the Campaign for Fearless Champions, Hocutt provided the vision for and the plans to build a Sports Performance Center that will house an indoor track and field and football practice facility on the site directly south from Jones AT&T Stadium. Texas Tech will have made several upgrades to Jones AT&T Stadium by the start of the 2017 season which includes a new state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface, upgraded premium seating in the north end of the stadium as well as the new video board and control room that debuted in 2014. Hocutt has extended Texas Tech’s apparel contract with Under Armour through June 2020, which ensures that all Red Raider student-athletes are among the finest outfitted in the country.
Throughout his tenure at Texas Tech, Hocutt has been prominent on several national committees, possibly none more recognizable than his role on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Hocutt was named to the CFP Selection Committee in 2015 and will serve his second year as the committee chairman during the 2017 season. The CFP Selection Committee is responsible for selecting the top four teams in the playoff while also placing the next group of teams to the remaining New Year’s bowls.
Hocutt arrived at Texas Tech following three years at the University of Miami (Fla.) where he was named Athletics Director on Feb. 8, 2008. He previously earned his first opportunity as an NCAA Division I athletics director at Ohio University in 2005 at just the age of 33.
A Sherman, Texas native, Hocutt also served stints in the athletics departments at Kansas State (199697) and the University of Oklahoma (1998-2005). Prior to his stint at Oklahoma, Hocutt served as the coordinator of licensing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He began his sports administration career as the assistant director of marketing and promotions at his alma mater, Kansas State University.
A former football student-athlete at Kansas State, Hocutt was a four-year letterman at linebacker while leading the Big 8 Conference in tackles as a junior in 1993. Hocutt, who was elected captain his senior year, was named to the All-Big 8 Conference team following his junior season. The Sporting News selected him in 1993 as one of the nation's top-20 “most underrated” players.
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Hocutt earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State in 1995 and his masters of education degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2001. He and his wife, Diane, have two sons – Drew Phillips (15) and Brooks Ryan (13).
THE KIRBY HOCUTT FILE Date announced as Director of Athletics: March 2, 2011 Birthdate: Nov. 19, 1971 Hometown: Sherman, Texas Bachelor’s of Science Degree: Political Science, Kansas State University, 1995 Master of Education: University of Oklahoma, 2001 Wife: Diane Sons: Drew Phillips (15) and Brooks Ryan (13).
CAREER TIMELINE 1995-96 – Internship, College Football Association 1996-97 – Assistant Director of Marketing and Promotions, Kansas State University 1997-98 – Licensing Coordinator, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) 1998-2005 – Associate A.D. for External Operations and Sports Administration, University of Oklahoma 2005-08 – Director of Athletics, Ohio University 2008-11 – Director of Athletics, University of Miami (Fla.) 2011-Present – Director of Athletics, Texas Tech University
NOTEWORTHY AWARDS/ADMINISTRATIVE COMMITTEES (past and present) College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chairman, 2016-Present College Football Playoff Selection Committee, 2015-Present Chairman, NCAA Division I Football Recruiting Subcommittee, 2013-15 Big 12 Representative, NCAA Division I Leadership Council, 2012-15 NCAA Division I Athletic Directors Association Executive Committee Named to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award in 2010 Orange Bowl Committee