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January 16, 2008 at 3:53 PM

So what’s an athletic director do, anyway?

After some of the recent discussion about UW’s athletic director situation, one reader wanted to know what, exactly, does an athletic director do?
Here’s a decent breakdown of what an AD does from Wikipedia, with some links at the bottom that provide more information.
I would say in general, an AD’s biggest responsibilities these days are: 1, hiring and managing the personnel of the department; 2, raising money; 3, making sure the department stays within NCAA compliance.
There are also all kinds of other duties, as well, such as representing the university at NCAA events and conventions, or serving on NCAA and conference committees. But in general, I think ADs are judged by how well the coaches they hire perform, how well they raise money for things such as facilities upgrades, and keeping their school out of NCAA hot water.

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