DeLoss Dodds

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DeLoss Dodds (born August 8, 1939) was the sixth men's athletic director of The University of Texas at Austin.[1][2][3][4] During his tenure beginning in the fall of 1981, Texas has claimed 13 National Championships and 103 conference titles through September 29, 2011. Dodds announced on October 1, 2013 that he would be retiring in 2014. However, following the approval and hiring of Steve Patterson to be the next men's athletic director in November 2013, Dodds became a special assistant to University of Texas President Bill Powers on November 25, 2013.[5][6][7]


Dodds was born August 8, 1939, in Riley, Kansas. He is married to Mary Ann Chamberlain and they have three children, Doug, Deidre, and Debra.[8] Dodds is a graduate of Kansas State University, where he was also a conference champion in the quarter mile in 1959. Before taking his current position at Texas, he was the athletic director for the Kansas State Wildcats for five years, from 1977 to 1981. Before that, Dodds was head track coach at Kansas State, a position he held from 1963 to 1976, during which time his teams captured six Big Eight Conference championships.

Dodds was hired in 1981 as the University of Texas' athletic director.[9] During his tenure he has helped Texas through many major events, including the 2010–12 conference realignment frenzy and $380 million in athletic facility upgrades.[10] Among all NCAA FBS athletic directors, Dodds is the seventh highest paid athletic director with a salary of $627,109 per year.[11]

Over the years, Dodds has won many awards and earned many achievements including:

  • 2011 Athletic Director of the Year [12]
  • National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's John L. Toner Award in December 2006
  • Inducted in the United State Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Inducted into the Drake Relays Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988
  • Inducted into Kansas State Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995
  • Inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2006


  1. ^ "DeLoss Dodds UT Athletics Bio". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Muschamp to succeed Brown as Texas head coach". Austin American-Statesman. Cox Enterprises. November 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Muschamp to remain at Texas - Assistant coach to remain as Defensive Coordinator and eventually succeed Mack Brown as head coach". University of Texas & Host Interactive. November 18, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-18. 
  4. ^ Bio retrieved 2008-09-23
  5. ^ "Steve Patterson Named Texas Men's Athletic Director". The University of Texas at Austin. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  6. ^ Haurwitz, Ralph (11 November 2013). "UT regents approve Steve Patterson as Longhorns' new athletic director". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Athletics Director Steve Patterson". Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Biography for Deloss Dodds". Biography. IMDB. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Brown, Chip (6 July 2006). "25 YEARS OF DeLOSS DODDS AT TEXAS - The producer - Longhorns reap rewards from athletic director's steady work behind scenes". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Athletic Director Deloss Dodds". Biography. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  11. ^ Griffin, Tim. "Big 12 athletic directors rank as highest paid among FBSBig 12 athletic directors rank as highest paid among FBS". ESPN. Retrieved 30 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Litman, Laken. "DeLoss Dodds named Athletic Director of the Year by Sports Business Journal". SportsDay DFW. Archived from the original on 2011-08-26.