Dodds named to NACDA Hall of Fame class

Daniel Clay

Longtime Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds’ career achievements were recognized with an induction into the 2016 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame class. 

Dodds, who spent 32 years at the helm of the Texas athletics department, oversaw 14 national titles and 108 conference titles in nine different sports during his tenure. 

He was one of the most influential administrators in college sports during his time at Texas from 1981 to 2013. Dodds helped push almost $400 million toward new and upgraded facilities and was instrumental in establishing The Longhorn Foundation to facilitate athletic department fundraising. 

Dodds, who rode through some criticism towards the end of his career surrounding issues such as conference realignment and the end of the Texas-Texas A&M football rivalry, was also instrumental in creating the Longhorn Network, which is the first channel of its kind devoted to a single school.

Since his retirement in 2013, Dodds has worked as special assistant to the president of the University. His induction will take place June 14 at the association’s 51st annual convention, held at the Learfield Directors’ Cup Luncheon in Dallas.