Mitch Barnhart will soon be wrapping up his 14th athletic season as athletic director. And at the end of the day the athletic director guides the direction of the overall athletic programs at UK, hires and fires staff, and attempts to make revenue for the athletic department and university. We often look at the money side of things but why not look at how Mitch has done in the hiring department in his time. I highlighted every hire Mitch has made since 2002 in the major 7 sports at Kentucky. Of those 7 sports, Mitch has hired a total of 13 coaches.
2007: Billy Gillispie, 2 years (40-27, 0 conference titles), FIRED
2009: John Calipari, 7 years (217-47, 4 conference titles, 1 national title), CURRENT
2003: Mickie Demoss, 4 years (71-55, 0 conference titles), RESIGNED
2007: Matthew Mitchell, 9 years (219-89, 1 conference title), CURRENT
2003: Rich Brooks, 7 years (39-47, 4 bowl games), RETIRED
2010: Joker Phillips, 3 years (13-24, 1 bowl game), FIRED
2013: Mark Stoops, 3 years (12-24, 0 bowl games), CURRENT
2004: John Cohen, 5 years (175-112, 1 conference title), LEFT FOR MISSISSIPPI ST.
2009: Gary Henderson, 7 years (226-174, 2 NCAA Tournaments), CURRENT
2005: Eileen Schmidt, 3 years (61-108, 0 conference titles), LEFT FOR VIRGINIA
2008: Rachel Lawson, 9 years (322-213, 1 College World Series), CURRENT
2012: Johan Cedergren, 4 years (39-30,-12, 1 conference title), CURRENT
2009: Jon Lipsitz, 7 years (81-52-15, 4 NCAA Tournaments), CURRENT
Of the 13 coaches Mitch has hired in these major sports, he’s only had to fire 2, Gillispie and Joker. Two others left for other jobs, one retired, and one resigned. The other seven are the current head coaches. When looking through that list I think Mitch’s overall hiring has gone pretty well. I am sure he wishes football would step it up and baseball would become more of a power, but he has found consistent success in men’s and women’s basketball, softball, and both soccer programs. What is your overall feelings on Barnhart’s hires looking at this list?