Jeff Hathaway

Jeff Hathaway


2019-present – Southern Connecticut State University
(Adjunct Professor-Sports Management)

2018-present – Intercollegiate Athletics & Higher Education
(Consultant)

2018-2019 – Hofstra University
(Special Assistant to the President/Athletics)

2012-2018  – Hofstra University
(Vice President / Director of Athletics)

2011-2012 – The Big East Conference
(Consultant, Men’s Basketball)

2003-2011 – University of Connecticut
(Director of Athletics)

2001-2003 – Colorado State University
(Director of Athletics)

1990-2001 – University of Connecticut
(Executive Associate Director of Athletics)

1982-1990 – University of Maryland
(multiple Department of Athletics positions)

1981-1982 – Chicago White Sox
(Director of Community Relations)

1980-1981 – Washington Redskins
(Public Relations Intern)

With nearly 40 years of experience, Jeff Hathaway has successfully directed and enhanced both academic and athletic programs within intercollegiate athletics


Jeff Hathaway has a demonstrated history of accomplishments in enhancing academic and athletic success of student-athletes, fundraising, student-athlete well-being, marketing, communications, university and community relations, strategic planning and fiscal management while serving and leading a diverse population of outstanding student-athletes, coaches and staff.

Most recently, Hathaway has been working as a consultant for higher education and intercollegiate athletics clients including a number of outstanding institutions and conferences.  He has also taught Sports Management classes at the graduate level.

Hathaway served as the Special Assistant to the President for Athletics at Hofstra University until June 2019.  Hathaway was the Vice President / Director of Athletics at Hofstra University for the past six years (2012-18) in which he served and lead an outstanding athletic program that enjoyed tremendous success in the classrooms, competitive venues and in the personal development of their student-athletes.

Hathaway represented the Colonial Athletic Association on the inaugural NCAA Division I Council while also serving as the Chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee.  Hathaway was selected to serve on the “Commission on Basketball” chaired by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.  He is also served a five – year term as a member of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee and was selected by his Committee peers to be the Chair in 2011-12.

During his six-year tenure at Hofstra, there were 15 teams that qualified for NCAA Tournaments, eight 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 GPA of 3.3 and an academic year record of 3.29 average GPA in 2016-17.Hofstra’s program established an athletic department record for Academic Progress Rates (APR) with 13 of their 17 teams earning perfect 1000 single year scores, twice in the last three years.

As the Director of Athletics at UConn, Hathaway and his staff negotiated the university’s first ever department – wide apparel contract resulting in a $46 million agreement with NIKE.  Hathaway also negotiated UConn’s first ever multimedia / corporate partnership contract with IMG which guaranteed more than $80 million with the opportunity for additional revenue sharing.  Nine national championships were won during his tenure – five in women’s basketball, three in men’s basketball and one in men’s soccer.  The UConn football program was the first university to transition from Division IAA to participation in a Bowl Championship Series game when they accepted an invitation to play Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.  In UConn’s first eight years of being a BCS member the football team played in five bowl games and won two Big East Football Championships. Hathaway also served on the NCAA Football Post-Season Committee which had the responsibility to manage the annual certification of all bowl games. The Huskies consistently attained a 99% academic retention rate among their student-athletes.

During the last capital campaign of Hathaway’s UConn tenure, the athletic program generated over $71 million before his departure – more than any other campus entity at this time.

As the Director of Athletics at Colorado State University, Hathaway had oversight for 15 sports.  Seven of the 15 sports were represented in post-season play during both of his years at CSU.  The Rams were Mountain West Champions in football, men’s basketball, softball and volleyball.  The men’s basketball team made their first trip to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 13 years.  During that time, the football program played in two bowl games and the women’s basketball team advanced to the WNIT semi-finals.  The athletic program secured a record $15.2 million gift for football stadium renovations and the first-ever contract to outsource the athletic department’s multimedia rights and corporate sponsorship was initiated and continues to this day.

Hathaway worked at the University of Maryland for eight years as the Assistant Athletic Director/Marketing and Communications, Acting Assistant Athletic Director/Business Affairs, Business Manager and Head Basketball Athletic Trainer. Prior to beginning his tenure in college athletics, Hathaway also served as the Director of Community Relations for the Chicago White Sox.

Hathaway has been selected three times by the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA) as an Athletic Director of the Year honoree.  He was also one of four finalists for the Sports Business Journal’s national Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2008.

Hathaway received both a Bachelor’s of Science (Athletic Administration) and a Master of General Administration from the University of Maryland.  He also earned a Master of Arts (Education Administration) from the University of Connecticut. Jeff’s impressive education is further complimented by participation in a Management Development Program at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education; the Sports Management Institute (consortium of University of Notre Dame, University of North Carolina & University of Southern California); and Division I-A (now LEAD1) Athletic Directors Institute.

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