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David Blackburn
Position: Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics
Alma Mater: Tennessee
Graduating Year: 1990
Experience: 1st Year
Phone: 423-425-4444
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Has there been a better time to be a Moc?  That question has been posed all over the Scenic City the last two years.  Southern Conference titles, record attendance and unprecedented academic success have all raised the level of excitement for athletics at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

None of this has occurred by accident or happenstance.  It is the culmination of extremely hard work by a very talented group of student-athletes, coaches and support staff, under the leadership of Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics David Blackburn. 

Hired on April 20, 2013, Blackburn quickly instilled a new mission that focused on equipping the entire athletics department for success, while accompanying a vision of achieving excellence.  It is clear that both messages have been received in competition, in the classroom and in the community.

In 2014-15, the Mocs captured their first-ever Commissioner’s Cup for having the top performing men’s program in the SoCon.  UTC also finished second in the Germann Cup on the women’s side.  Chattanooga has also enjoyed two of its top three finishes in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup and led the SoCon in each of the last two seasons.

UTC saw a continued resurgence in the football program with its second-straight SoCon title in 2014.  UTC advanced to the FCS Playoffs for the first time since 1984 and hosted its first postseason football game.  All totaled, the Mocs have brought home a SoCon-leading 14 regular season and tournament titles in all sports over the last two years.

Blackburn has also turned heads with his impressive head coaching hires.  When he took over in 2013, he had the unique situation of filling vacancies in both men’s and women’s basketball.  By all accounts, he nailed each hire with Will Wade and Jim Foster. 

Foster has yet to lose a SoCon game and had the women’s program ranked in the Top 25 throughout last season.  Wade quickly turned around the men’s team and parlayed that into the head coaching position at VCU.  Blackburn quickly snagged Florida assistant Matt McCall to continue the excitement generating around Mocs basketball. He also hired Gavin McKinney in December to take over the women’s soccer program.  

In the classroom, UTC student-athletes set a school record for semester grade-point-average with a 3.11 in the spring.  It was the third consecutive semester the Mocs topped a 3.0, after hitting the mark for the first time in spring of 2014.  UTC had record numbers of student-athletes on the Academic All-SoCon teams, while 14 programs beat the national average for APR scores in 2014-15.

The Chattanooga community has also taken note of what is happening at UTC.  The Mocs led the SoCon in attendance in football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling last season.  The Southern Scuffle has also grown into the top in-season wrestling tournament in the nation, while softball continues to enjoy a strong following.

All of this success came as no surprise, based on the experiences and expertise Blackburn brought to the position.  He spent the previous two decades in a number of administrative roles at the University of Tennessee.  He most recently served as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for Administration where he was member of the Volunteers’ executive staff.

A native of Loudon, Tenn., Blackburn is married to the former Andrea Radel of Albion, Mich. They have two daughters, Emma, who is currently a freshman at UTC, and Charlee.  He is a 1990 graduate of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Education.

Updated July 2015.

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