Utah State to hire Troy’s John Hartwell as Aggies’ new athletic director

John Hartwell ('87 C Co) has been named A.D. at Utah State

John Hartwell (’87 C Co) has been named A.D. at Utah State

By Brandon Judd, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, UT

LOGAN — It appears Utah State has found its replacement for departed athletic director Scott Barnes.

A source within the USU athletic department confirmed to the Deseret News on Monday that Utah State will hire Troy Athletic Director John Hartwell to take over the position Barnes vacated when he left to become Pittsburgh’s new athletic director.Taylor Tannebaum of WTVY 4 in Dothan, Alabama, first reported Monday that Hartwell would leave Troy University — located about an hour outside of Montgomery, Alabama — and take the same position at Utah State, citing sources.
WSFA 12 in Montgomery reported that Troy is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday, according to sources. The school could not confirm the reports when contacted by the Deseret News.

Hartwell’s tenure as Troy’s athletic director began in the fall of 2012 after nine seasons as the senior executive associate athletics director at the University of Mississippi.During his time at Troy, Hartwell spearheaded efforts to bring upgrades to the Trojans’ athletic facilities. They included a new on-campus golf practice facility, a $3 million renovation of the Troy Softball Complex and $2.1 million in improvements to Veterans Memorial Stadium. Hartwell also joined with then-football coach Larry Blakeney and former Trojan Lawrence Tynes in 2013 to announce the North End Zone Project at the football stadium, a building with an estimated cost of $25-28 million that’s intended to help Troy in the college football arms race.

The 49-year-old Hartwell also hired several head coaches during his time at Troy. They included Phil Cunningham for men’s basketball, Beth Mullins for softball, Jason Hamilton for women’s soccer and Neal Brown last November to replace Blakeney as the school’s football coach.

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