When people from within the athletics industry including athletics administrators, coaches, television executives, NCAA staff, conference commissioners and football bowl directors, are asked to describe Dave Hart in one word, there is commonality in their responses. The words that are most used to best embody his sphere of influence nationally during his decorated, hall of fame career of nearly 35 years in college athletics administration are: Leader, Class, Respect, Visionary, Core Values and Presence.
As a former NCAA Division-I student-athlete, coach and athletics director, he has seen the industry evolve from all three perspectives. Dave represents one-third of three generations of athletics directors in the Hart Family. They are the only family that can make that claim. Dave Hart, Sr. enjoyed a Hall of Fame career in athletics administration. He was the Athletics Director at Louisville and Missouri and Commissioner of the Southern Conference. Dave’s son, Rick, is the Athletics Director at SMU. Dave served in a leadership position within the athletics departments at four major universities: East Carolina University, Director of Athletics; Florida State University, Director of Athletics; University of Alabama, Executive Director of Athletics; University of Tennessee, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics.
Former Athletic Directors Look Forward After Looking Back
You will hear from those who sat in the AD chair for many years, as they reflect upon their days at the helm of university athletics. They will also share their thoughts on the current landscape and future of intercollegiate athletics.