Why the athletic director position matters

Anthony Green

An athletic director aids a university in the management of business and athletic decisions within his or her department, be it men’s or women’s athletics. The athletic director oversees and utilizes the departments budget. The athletics department’s overall budget for 2013 is $161.9 million, according to a 2013 UT athletics report. The director also maintains the final word on the employment and contract termination of the University’s coaches. It is the responsibility of the director to lead the charge for new athletic facilities and stadiums, oversee renovations and negotiate properties.