Jeffrey Hathaway has been serving as the Special Assistant to the President for Athletics at Hofstra University since July 2018. Hathaway was the Vice President / Director of Athletics at Hofstra University for the past six years in which he served and lead an outstanding athletic program that enjoyed success in the classrooms, competitive venues and in the personal development of their student-athletes.
He currently represents the Colonial Athletic Association on the NCAA Council while also serving as the Chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee. Hathaway was selected to serve on the Commission on Basketball chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He is also a past member of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee and served as its Chair in 2011-12.
During his six-year tenure at Hofstra, there were 15 teams that qualified for NCAA Tournaments, eight CAA postseason championships, 10 regular season CAA titles and four other postseason tournaments including their first NIT appearance in nine years. Hofstra’s student-athletes established a single semester athletic department record by posting an average GPA of 3.3 and an academic year record of 3.29 average GPA in 2016-17. The Hofstra Division of Student Affairs honored Hofstra’s athletic program with their “Good Neighbor Award” for outstanding community service in 2014 and 2016. In addition, Student Affairs presented their 2014 “Community Service Event of the Year Award” to Hofstra student-athletes for their Reading with Pride project in local schools.
As the Director of Athletics at UConn, Hathaway and his staff negotiated the university’s first ever department - wide apparel contract resulting in a $46 million agreement with NIKE. Hathaway also negotiated UConn’s first ever multimedia / corporate partnership contract with IMG which guaranteed more than $80 million with the opportunity for additional revenue sharing. Nine national championships were won during his tenure – five in women’s basketball, three in the men’s basketball and one in men’s soccer. The UConn football program was the first university to transition from Division IAA to participation in a Bowl Championship Series game when they accepted an invitation to play Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. In UConn’s first eight years of being a BCS member the football team played in five bowl games and won two Big East Football Championships.
During Hathaway’s UConn tenure the athletic program generated more funds for the University’s capital campaign than any other campus entity. While serving as the Director of Athletics at Colorado State, the athletic program secured a record $15.2 million gift for football stadium renovations.
Hathaway has been selected three times by the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA) as an Athletic Director of the Year honoree. He was also a finalist for the SBJ Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2008.
The Changing Face of College Basketball
The problems in college basketball are broad and complex. The Commission on College Basketball made recommendations to clean up the game. Panelists will weigh in on the proposed solutions – the elimination of the “one and done” rule; lifetime bans on coaches caught cheating; cracking down on amateur recruiting events; and more transparency on the financial deals with apparel companies.