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By Parris Clarke, Assistant Sports Editor-
Thursday, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletic Director and Vice-Chancellor Mark Wharton announced a shake-up to his senior athletic leadership team.
The move sees familiar faces in new positions. Former Senior Associate A.D. for Development and Sales Andrew Horton slides over to the position of Deputy Athletics Director for External Operations. Dr. Jay Blackman moves to Deputy Athletics Director for Internal Operations, with Jim Horten taking over Blackman’s old position of Assistant Athletics Director for Strategic Communications after serving as the Director of Communications & Media Relations. Each of the three administrators has at least 13 years of experience with UTC in some capacity.
The freshest face added to the group is Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Medicine Nate Barger.
Barger was just recently hired in March 2020. He became a crucial part of UTC’s team, helping devise and implement pandemic protocols that gave student-athletes the ability to compete during the past year.
These decisions come after two members of the senior team took jobs elsewhere.
Former Deputy A.D. Scott Altizer accepted a job at the University of Tennessee as the school’s Director of Football Relations. Altizer returns to Knoxville, having enjoyed a 20-year tenure at Tennessee, serving in multiple positions, before his last seven years spent at UTC.
Lee Roberts, Former Associate A.D. for Development at UTC, has moved to the University of Pittsburgh where he now serves as Executive Associate A.D. for Philanthropy and Engagement. Roberts was in charge of leading the Mocs Club over the last three years.
At least one new hire is still to come with the Mocs Club leadership being left vacant.
“These openings allow for us to do some restructuring, but we still plan to hire another Mocs Club leader in the coming weeks,” Wharton said.
Consistency seems to be the theme among the reshuffling. Between the four new members of the group, they have 46 years of UTC experience behind them. The Mocs obviously like where their leadership stands, and they intend to keep it that way for the foreseeable future.