Jeff Hathaway

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Jeffrey Hathaway has nearly 40 years of experience in college athletics and higher education while having worked in all three subdivisions of NCAA Division I athletics.  Most recently Hathaway was the Vice President / Director of Athletics at Hofstra University while serving and leading an outstanding athletic program that enjoyed success in the classrooms, competitive venues and the personal development of their student-athletes.

He currently represents the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) on the NCAA Council while serving as its Chair of the Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and as a member of the Council Coordination Committee. Hathaway was selected to serve on the recent “Commission on Basketball” that is chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.    

In Hathaway’s six year tenure at Hofstra, there were 15 teams that qualified for NCAA Tournaments, eight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) postseason championships, 10 regular season CAA titles and four other postseason tournaments including their first NIT appearance in nine years. Hofstra’s student-athletes established a single semester athletic department record by posting an average grade point average (GPA) of 3.30 during the 2016 fall semester and a record academic year average GPA record of 3.29 in 2016-17. The athletic program set a department Academic Progress Rate (APR) record with 13 of their 17 teams earning perfect 1000 single-year scores, twice in the last two years. Hofstra student-athletics participated in nearly 3,100 hours of community service during 2016-17.  The Hofstra Division of Student Affairs honored Hofstra Athletics with their “Good Neighbor Award” in 2014 and 2016 while also presenting their “Community Service Event of the Year Award” to the student-athletes for their Reading with Pride project in 2014. 

Hathaway also served as the Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut and Colorado State University.  He also held a variety of administrative positions in the University of Maryland athletic program and also worked in Major League Baseball.

At UConn the student- athletes consistently attained a 99% academic retention rate and annually posted outstanding academic results. The National Consortium for Academics and Sports honored UConn Athletics twice for assisting former student-athletes in returning to complete their college degrees and on three occasions for community service efforts.

The UConn athletic program generated more funds ($71 million) for the capital campaign than any other campus department at the time Hathaway departed the university.  In addition, Hathaway negotiated the university’s first ever department - wide apparel contract resulting in a $46 million deal with NIKE.  He also negotiated UConn’s first ever multimedia rights/corporate partnership contract with IMG worth more than $80 million in guaranteed payments and opportunity for additional revenue sharing. 

Nine national championships were won during Hathaway’s tenure with five in women’s basketball, three in men’s basketball and one in men’s soccer. During Hathaway’s time at UConn the football program was the first to transition from Division IAA to participation in a Bowl Championship Series game (Fiesta Bowl).  In their first eight years of being a BCS member they played in five bowl games and won two Big East Football championships.

While Hathaway was at Colorado State, the athletic program secured a record $15.2 million gift for the football stadium renovations while also negotiating the university’s first ever multimedia rights/corporate partnership contract.  Seven of their 15 teams were represented in postseason play in both of his two years at CSU. The men’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 13 years.  The football team participated in two bowl games and the women’s basketball team advanced to the WNIT semi-finals for the first time ever. Colorado State was one of 10 universities nationally to have its football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams advance to postseason competition in 2002-03. 

Hathaway was a five-year member of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Selection Committee and served as its chair in 2011-12.  He has also served as a member of the NCAA Football Postseason Committee, NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Committee and NCAA Leadership Council. While in The Big East he chaired their Athletic Directors Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Championship and Competition Committee, and twice served on The Big East Television Committee. He has held leadership roles in NACDA, Division I-A Athletics Directors Association (now named LEAD1) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Hathaway has been honored three times by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) with their Athletic Director of the Year Award. The Connecticut High School Coaches Association presented him with their Joseph J. Fontana Distinguished Service Award.  DeMatha High School, his alma mater, presented Hathaway with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015 and inclusion in their Hall of Fame.

Hathaway holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He has also received a Master’s degree from the Graduate School of Management & Technology at the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Arts in Education (Educational Administration) from the University of Connecticut.  Hathaway completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and the Sports Management Institute executive education program hosted by Notre Dame, University of North Carolina and University of Southern California. 

Hathaway continues to be a frequent speaker at university classes, university events, civic groups and professional organizations. He is passionate about assisting student-athletes, coaches and colleagues with their professional development and advancement in their careers.

Aslee Livingston