Scott Barnes (athletic director)

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Scott Barnes (born June 23, 1962) has been the Athletics Director at Utah State University since March 2008. Utah State's teams are known as the Aggies and play in the NCAA Division I Mountain West Conference.


During his tenure at USU, Barnes has greatly increased funding for all Aggie sports, and has overseen the hiring of football coach Gary Andersen and the completion of the Jim & Carol Laub Athletics-Academics Complex on campus. He has also worked to improve the public image and visibility of Aggie sports, which initiative has included inking deals with statewide and national TV stations.[1]

His work has been recognized thus far with the awarding of the 2009 National Champion in the Excellence in Management Cup to USU, which award is given each year to the university athletics department that wins the most championships with the lowest expenses.[2] The Aggies brought in WAC championships in five sports during the 2008-09 academic year, tied for the most in school history. Barnes was also recently selected as a faculty member in the Division I Athletics Director Association Institute.

As Athletics Director, Barnes's work has been integral in improving the overall image of Utah State University itself, which image has taken a hit in recent years due to the futility of the football team. The New York Times quoted him as saying "Athletics are the front porch of the university. It’s not the most important room in the house, but it is the most visible."[3]

Before coming to USU, Barnes served as athletics director at Eastern Washington University. He has also held positions at the University of Washington and the University of San Diego. He attended Fresno State University, where he played basketball.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Scott Barnes". Utah State University. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Utah State Wins National Championship for Most Economically Efficient Athletics Department". Aggie Town Square. Utah State University. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Longman, Jere (29 May 2009). "As Costs of Sports Rise, Students Balk at Fees". New York Times. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 

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