published Saturday, April 20th, 2013

UTC hires David Blackburn as athletic director

It’s now official: David Blackburn has been hired as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletic director. Chancellor-elect Dr. Steve Angle told the Times Free Press this afternoon that the Tennessee senior associate athletic director was the right man for the job because of his “qualifications, background and fit with the university and the community.”

The 47-year-old Loudon native, who has worked in the UT athletic department for the past 22 years, will be introduced at a reception Tuesday and start work Wednesday. Blackburn’s official title will be vice chancellor and director of athletics.

Blackburn fills the vacancy left by Rick Hart, who left UTC last July to run the athletic department at SMU. Senior associate AD and senior woman administrator Laura Herron has served as the interim AD since Hart’s departure.

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about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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