UT hires UCF Athletics Director Danny White as new AD

Published: Jan. 21, 2021 at 1:09 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 at 4:53 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The University of Tennessee announced Danny White as the new Athletic Director.

Danny White is currently the Vice President Athletic Director for the University of Central Florida. White has been the AD for UCF since 2015. Before his time at UCF he worked as AD for the University of New York at Buffalo.

He played college basketball at Towson University and the University of Notre Dame and was director of operations and assistant coach for one season each with the Ohio University men’s basketball team.

White’s success at UCF earned him multiple awards, including as a Sports Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner in multiple years, a spot on the Orlando Business Journal 40 Under 40 list, multiple selections as one of the 50 Most Powerful People in Orlando by Orlando Magazine and a finalist for the 2018 SBJ Athletics Director of the Year honor. He was named a NACDA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year in the spring of 2019. In 2018 SBJ named him one of the six most influential people in sports business, while Orlando Magazine tabbed him as the area’s most powerful person in sports. In 2020 Stadium rated White number four nationally on its list of athletics directors--based on the combined success of his coaching hires in football and men’s basketball.

UCF was the only NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision program that had each of its sports produce winning records in 2017-18, 2018-19 and in the COVID-shortened 2019-20 athletic year.

During his time at UCF, White used his resources and facilities staff to create virtually a complete makeover of the UCF athletics footprint. White also was instrumental in establishing the UCF Football Excellence Fund that has raised more than $5 million in commitments pledged over five years in an effort to sustain and continue to improve upon the success of the Knights’ program.

“While I am very excited about the opportunity to become the next Director of Athletics at the University of Tennessee, this was an excruciatingly difficult decision for us as we have absolutely loved our time here at UCF. “As I stated when I took the job, our goal was to become one of the nation’s premier destinations for coaches and student-athletes. I also had a goal to excite our student body, staff and faculty, alumni and the Central Florida community. With the tremendous support of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, donors, students and all of Knight Nation, we certainly accomplished those goals. I want to especially thank all of our Shareholders Society members who really stepped up over the past five years to help us build a monster Athletics Department,” White said in a statement.

White will replace former UT AD Phillip Fulmer who announced his retirement during an investigation into the program.

“I am thrilled to be headed to Knoxville and to a university with a great competitive tradition and a spirited and devoted fan base,” White said. “Volunteer fans have an expectation to win, and my first task will be taking on the search for a new head football coach. But I want all Vols to know that I am deeply committed to excellence in all of our athletic programs.”

UT Chancellor Donde Plowman said White is “an innovative leader in college athletics with a strong track record in recruiting and developing leaders. He brings the combination of winning attitude, competitive drive, and dedication to integrity and academics that we are looking for.”

White will now lead UT in the search for a new head football coach.

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