Kirby Hocutt has guided the Texas Tech athletics department to unprecedented success since being named the 13th Director of Athletics in school history on March 2, 2011.
Hocutt, who also serves as the College Football Playoff Selection Committee Chairman, led Texas Tech to one of its most successful campaigns over the course of the 2015-16 academic year where Texas Tech claimed three Big 12 championships (women’s soccer, men’s tennis, baseball) and had 14 of its 17 intercollegiate teams advance to the NCAA postseason.
In fact, Texas Tech was the only Big 12 program during the 2015-16 year to qualify for a bowl game and have its men’s basketball and baseball teams both advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Raider baseball program capped the successful year by winning the Big 12 regular-season title and advancing to the College World Series for the second time in the past three seasons.
Throughout his tenure at Texas Tech, Hocutt has been prominent on several national committees, possibly none more recognizable than his role on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Hocutt was named to the CFP Selection Committee in 2015 and will be the committee chairman beginning with the 2016 season. The CFP Selection Committee is responsible for selecting the top four teams in the playoff and assigning them to semifinal games while also placing the next group of teams to the remaining New Year’s bowls.
Hocutt arrived at Texas Tech following three years at the University of Miami (Fla.) where he was named Athletics Director on Feb. 8, 2008. He previously earned his first opportunity as an NCAA Division I athletics director at Ohio University in 2005 at just the age of 33.
A Sherman, Texas native, Hocutt also served stints in the athletics departments at Kansas State (1996-97) and the University of Oklahoma (1998-2005). Prior to his stint at Oklahoma, Hocutt served as the coordinator of licensing at the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He began his sports administration career as the assistant director of marketing and promotions at his alma mater, Kansas State University.
A former football student-athlete at Kansas State, Hocutt was a four-year letterman at linebacker while leading the Big 8 Conference in tackles as a junior in 1993. Hocutt, who was elected captain his senior year, was named to the All-Big 8 Conference team following his junior season. The Sporting News selected him in 1993 as one of the nation’s top-20 “most underrated” players.
Hocutt earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State in 1995 and his masters of education degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2001. He and his wife, Diane, have two sons – Drew Phillips (14) and Brooks Ryan (12).