On June 29, 2005, Kirby Hocutt was named the new director of athletics at Ohio University by president Roderick J. McDavis. Hocutt, 33, had been at the University of Oklahoma for the previous six years, serving most recently as associate athletics director for external operations and sports administration.
"Kirby is the ideal person to lead Ohio University's athletics program to the next level," McDavis said. "As a former college athlete, he views college athletics from a student-athlete's perspective and shares Ohio University's commitment to offering its student-athletes the best possible experience in the classroom and on the playing field.
"Kirby has the highest professional and personal qualities and possesses the commitment to excellence that is necessary to ensure our athletics program reflects the quality of the university as a whole. Ohio University remains committed to academic and athletic excellence."
Hocutt's duties at Oklahoma included supervision of the athletics development office, athletics ticket office, special events, stadium suite program, athletics endowment program, letter winners association and the department's facility use and rental program. He additionally was the primary administrator for football and the sport supervisor for baseball, men's and women's golf, as well as men's and women's tennis.
Hocutt led Oklahoma's athletics fundraising to an all-time high in annual giving and capital campaigns. From 1998 to 2005, Oklahoma's annual giving increased from $3.4 million to more than $17 million. That 400 percent increase in annual giving was one of the highest percentage increases in intercollegiate athletics history.
Beginning in 1999, Hocutt served a leadership position in the strategic planning for a $100 million capital campaign. The $120 million campaign was unique in that it focused on facility construction or improvements for each of Oklahoma's 20 sports.
"I've aspired to become a Division IA director of athletics at an institution that has the leadership I've seen at Ohio University," said Hocutt. "I cannot put into words the tremendous impression that President McDavis has made on me. I'm so excited to be a part of his team as well as the vision he has set for the university.
"As director of athletics, our student-athletes have to be the focal point in all that we do and this spirit must permeate the entire department of athletics. I am a firm believer that athletic competition is an integral part of a student-athlete's educational experience. The lessons you can learn in competition you can also apply not only to your education in the pursuit of your degree but also to your career aspirations."
Prior to joining the Oklahoma staff, Hocutt served as the assistant director of licensing at the NCAA. In that position, he worked with corporate partners and licensees to create new revenue producing initiatives to support and promote all 81 NCAA championships.
He began his career in sports administration as the assistant director of marketing and promotions at Kansas State University. While at Kansas State, he implemented revenue-producing activities for the athletics department, including corporate partner sponsorships and ticket sales.
A former student-athlete at Kansas State, Hocutt was a four-year letterman as a linebacker while leading the Big 8 Conference in tackles and being named to the All-Big 8 Conference team during his junior season. The Sporting News selected him in 1993 as one of the top 20 "underrated" players in the nation.
Hocutt earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State in 1995 and his master's of education degree from the University of Oklahoma in December 2001. He and his wife, Diane, have two sons: 3-year-old Drew Phillips and 1-year-old Brooks Ryan.