Mobile Native John Hartwell To Be Introduced As Troy’s New AD On Friday

September 13, 2012 · By · Filed Under News, Sun Belt Conference 

On Wednesday, Troy University announced that Mobile native John Hartwell was selected to be the next Athletic Director for the University. Hartnell comes from Ole Miss where he has spent the last nine years in their athletic department. He is in his third year as the schools senior executive associate AD which is the schools number two administrator in athletics.

He will be officially introduced as the Troy AD in a press conference scheduled for Friday.

He will take over for Steve Dennis who abruptly resigned from his position earlier this year to seek other career opportunities. Dennis was in his eighth year as the Trojan’s AD.

Former South Alabama athletic director Joe Gottfried has known Hartwell for a long time. Hartwell played basketball alongside his son Mark, who is the head basketball coach at NC State.

Hartwell is a 1987 graduate of The Citadel and spent more than four years as a CPA with Ernst & Young before returnig to The Citadel to act as the director of an internal audit in 1991. During his three years at The Citadel, he was also the color commentator for the Citadel Network covering basketball. He then served as the CFO for a beverage distributor on the South Carolina coast from 1994-1997.

Hartwell began in athletics administration as an assisstant AD for business at Georgia State in 1997. He was later promoted to associate AD for internal affairs in 1999 and his reponsibilities grew to include sport supervision for Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Golf and Men’s and Women’s Track and Cross Country.

Hartwell also had oversight of athletics facilities and game management in addition to his previous responsibilities of all financial aspects of the department. While at Georgia State, he would earn a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration.

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