As of Saturday, Dave Hart will no longer be the athletic director at the University of Tennessee.
Hart has held the position since the fall of 2011, and he will turn the department over to John Currie, who previously served as the AD at Kansas State.
But before Hart steps down for good, he reflected on his five-plus years leading the Vols’ athletic programs in an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday, in which he reflected on all that the school has accomplished while he has been at the helm.
“We really have come a long way,” Hart told the AP. “You almost have to have been in the building, almost have to have been a part of all that to fully understand what those challenges were, and where we are now. As I’ve cleaned out my office over the weekend and [have been] going through files, it brings all that back. It’s gratifying, honestly.”
During his stint as AD, Hart has helped improve the school’s athletic facilities, while also seeing a rise in success for the football program. The Vols had four straight losing seasons from 2010-13, but have now posted winning records in each of the past three years.
Hart told the Associated Press that he would like to stay involved in college athletics in some capacity, but he plans to spend the next few months visiting with friends and family.
Hart, who turned 68 on Tuesday, has more than 25 years of experience as an athletic director.