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UK AD Mitch Barnhart was named Athletic Director of the Year

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Big congratulations to Mitch Barnhart on racking up the Athletic Director of the Year award!

Barnhart, the University of Kentucky’s AD since 2002, received the award last night from the Sports Business Journal, and for good reason.

Across the board, UK Athletics had solid seasons. From football to a national champion rifle team, from men’s soccer to volleyball, then men’s basketball and softball, it’s been a great year for UK Athletics and recognition is far from lacking for honoring Barnhart for his leadership of the program.

“I am honored and thankful to represent the University of Kentucky in receiving this award,” Barnhart said in a press release. “It’s truly a testament to the incredible work our student-athletes, coaches and staff have done to build a program to make the Big Blue Nation and the Commonwealth proud. I also want to say a special thank you to my wife, Connie, and my entire family for taking this journey with me. We have much work ahead of us though, and we can’t wait to do it.”

Barnhart has a few detractors out there, but his record of success in UK Athletics speaks for itself. Additionally, everyone who has met Mitch Barnhart talks about how friendly he is, so I am glad to see him be recognized and the UK Athletics program be spotlighted.

Congrats on your award Mitch!

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