New decade of Vols athletics begins with new AD Danny White

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Tennessee will make University of Central Florida’s Danny White its next Director of Athletics.

First reported by USA Today, Tennessee has hired 41-year-old Danny White as its next Director of Athletics, replacing the outgoing Phillip Fulmer.

University of Tennessee
Athletic Director Danny White

“Danny White is an innovative leader in college athletics with a strong track record in recruiting and developing leaders,” University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman said. “He brings the combination of winning attitude, competitive drive, and dedication to integrity and academics that we are looking for.

“We undertook this search with urgency and found strong interest from a robust candidate pool, enabling us to act quickly and with great confidence. I’m proud to say we found our leader, and I’d like to thank President (Randy) Boyd, our trustees, and our staff for their support and hard work.”

White became the Central Florida athletic director in 2015. The Knights have experienced rapid growth under White. After going winless in 2015, the program has since posted consecutive American Athletic Conference football championships, multiple bowl appearances, and a 25-game winning streak.

UCF finished 2017 as the only undefeated team in the nation and defeated Auburn 34-27 in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. He previously worked in the SEC as a senior associate athletic director at Ole Miss.

The UCF men’s and women’s basketball teams, the baseball team, and the soccer team have also made NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure at the school.

“I am thrilled to be headed to Knoxville and to a university with a great competitive tradition and a spirited and devoted fan base. Volunteer fans have an expectation to win, and my first task will be taking on the search for a new head football coach. But I want all Vols to know that I am deeply committed to excellence in all of our athletic programs.”

Danny White, incoming University of Tennessee athletic director

Danny comes from a long line of athletic administrators. His father, Kevin White, is vice president and athletic director at Duke University; his brother, Michael, head men’s basketball coach at the University of Florida; his brother, Brian, vice president and director of athletics at Florida Atlantic University; and his sister, Mariah, assistant athletics director for administration at SMU.

During his tenure at UCF, teams combined for 25 consecutive semesters with a 3.0 GPA or better, and a record 253 Knights earned spots on the 2019 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

“Danny White is a great fit for the programs we are building at Tennessee. He combines a strong vision for competitive excellence with a deep commitment to winning with integrity. The greatest decade in UT Athletics begins now!”

UT system President Randy Boyd

Prior to arriving at UCF in 2015, White was athletic director at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 2012 to 2015. He has also served as senior associate athletics director at University of Mississippi, assistant athletics director at California State University–Fresno, and assistant athletics director at Northern Illinois University.

The University of Tennessee also announced contract details for White late on Thursday. His salary is currently slated at $1.8 million a year.

White played college basketball at Towson University and the University of Notre Dame, from which he graduated in 2002. He earned master’s degrees in business administration and sports administration from Ohio University, and earned a doctorate in higher education from the University of Mississippi in 2016.

On Monday, University leadership announced the dismissal of 10 Tennessee football staffers, including head coach Jeremy Pruitt, as a result of “serious violations of NCAA rules.”

UT Chancellor Donde Plowman said Fulmer would stay in his role until a replacement is found.

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