May 15, 2003
TACOMA, Wash. - The University of Puget Sound has selected Amy Hackett as its Director of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation. The announcement, by University President Susan Pierce, follows a national search and a thorough interview process.
Hackett, who brings a diverse and extensive NCAA athletics background to the position, replaces Richard Ulrich who will retire this summer after 19 years at the helm of the Logger program.
Hackett is the current Associate Athletics Director at The University of Utah, NCAA Division IA. Hackett has been at Utah since 1996. Prior to joining the Utes staff she was the Associate Athletics Director at Santa Clara University from 1990-96 and was the Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Promotions at Santa Clara from 1986-90.
Hackett is a graduate of Oregon State University and holds a Master of Sports Administration and Facilities Management from Ohio University. She is a member of the NCAA Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee and current chair of the American Indian Mascot Issue Subcommittee. She previously served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA), and the NCAA Women's Soccer Committee.
At Utah Hackett oversees 11 sport programs as well as the administrative areas of business and finance involving the management of a $17M budget, human resources, and events/facilities management. She has been a member of various university committees including the University Assessment Planning Task Force, the Oversight Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games as well as serving in the role of tournament director for NCAA and conference post-season events both at Utah and Santa Clara previously.
Hackett will direct the Loggers comprehensive athletics program that offers 23 varsity programs and is a proud member of the Northwest Conference.
"The University seeks to build on the strengths that Dick Ulrich has brought to its athletic programs while also encouraging new perspectives and opportunities to think about old issues in new ways. Thus, Puget Sound is creating a new administrative team as Amy Hackett assumes the position of director, by also naming Sports Relations Director and longtime coach Robin Hamilton as Associate Athletic Director. Robin has been at Puget Sound since 1985. She has regularly led Puget Sound softball teams to finishes at or near the top of the conference and into post-season play; her softball teams having amassed nearly 400 wins during her tenure, two national runner-up finishes as well as 70 All-Conference student-athletes. She has extensive event management experience at NCAA regional and national events, and she has twice served in media relations positions for the Olympic Games," noted President Susan Pierce.
"It is a honor to be selected as the next Director of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation for such a prestigious University. The program has a strong foundation with a quality and committed staff and I look forward to continuing to build a program that is responsive to the needs of the student body and brings pride to the campus community," commented Hackett. Hackett will begin her duties at Puget Sound July 1, 2003.