UTC Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics David Blackburn.
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'What They are Saying' about David Blackburn

Dr. Steven Angle – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor-Elect
“After an exhaustive search that produced an incredibly strong pool of highly qualified candidates, David Blackburn clearly distanced himself from the group as the right person to lead the Mocs.  “He has a proven track record of fund raising, administration and integrity that is a perfect fit for our University.”

Mitch Barnhart - Kentucky Director of Athletics
“Having known David for more than 20 years, I’m excited for him and the University.  He has been part of some incredible successes at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics and is very deserving of the opportunity to lead the Mocs.”

Dr. Grady Bogue – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Interim Chancellor
“David Blackburn is a talented and well-experienced athletics executive who is ready to put his initiative and imagination to work in continuing to build the strength of our program at UTC.  We are proud to have him coming to the fellowship of UTC.” 

Dr. Joe DiPietro – University of Tennessee System President
“Because we so often see talented individuals leave our campuses for career opportunities elsewhere, it’s exciting and gratifying to see David remain within the University of Tennessee family. As a Tennessee native, he understands our state and the challenges facing athletics. David has the knowledge and tenacity to make a smooth transition to Chattanooga, become an embraced member of the community, maintain the integrity of the UTC program and see the Mocs reach new heights.” 

Heath Eslinger – UTC Alum (’00) and Head Wrestling Coach
“This is an exciting time for Chattanooga Athletics.  We have a lot of momentum and it’s time to take some more steps forward.  I believe David Blackburn is the right individual to do just that.   I think our fans, supporters, alumni and student-athletes will all be excited about his vision for Chattanooga Athletics.  I believe with his leadership great things are coming our way.” 

Phillip Fulmer – Tennessee Head Football Coach (1976-92)
“I am really happy for David and I am really happy for UTC.  He is a fine individual and an excellent administrator.  He understands college athletics from many different standpoints and was crucial in what we accomplished while I was at Tennessee.  He is a good family man and I wish him well.” 

Mark Guhne – UTC Alum (’84) and Head Men’s Golf Coach
“We were blessed with a tremendous leadership team in Dr. Roger Brown and Rick Hart.  Dr. Angle took a big step forward in building on that momentum with David Blackburn. He is going to do great things in getting us to the next level and I’m excited to see him get started.”

Dave Hart – Tennessee Vice Chancellor & Director of Athletics
“David Blackburn is a great person and an outstanding administrator.  He and his family are very excited about this opportunity. Our staff is very grateful to David for his tireless efforts on behalf of our athletics department and we wish him much success in his new leadership role.” 

Russ Huesman – UTC Alum (’83) and Head Football Coach
“I think the selection committee did an excellent job identifying the right person for the Director of Athletics position.  I have heard nothing but positive things about David throughout the college athletics community and I think he will do a great job for us.  I am looking forward to working with him as we continue to build our program.” 

Butch Jones – Current Tennessee Head Football Coach
“UT Chattanooga has made an excellent choice with David Blackburn as Vice Chancellor & Athletics Director.  David is one of the most complete individuals I have been associated with.  He is a visionary and possesses the ability to lead, direct, and manage people.”

Johnny Majors – Tennessee Head Football Coach (1976-92)
“I have a great deal of respect for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and I don’t think you could have made a better selection.  David is outstanding and I want to see him be successful, but I am surely going to miss him.  I knew him since he was a manager in our football program and he is one of the best.  He is an outstanding administrator and he will do a fantastic job.” 

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