John Currie (athletic director)

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John Currie
Born (1971-04-01) April 1, 1971 (age 47)
ResidenceCharlotte, North Carolina
Alma materWake Forest University
University of Tennessee
OccupationDirector of Athletics
PredecessorDave Hart
SuccessorPhillip Fulmer
Spouse(s)Mary Lawrence

John Currie (born April 1, 1971) is a college athletics administrator, most recently holding the position of Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics at the University of Tennessee. He was hired by Tennessee on February 28, 2017, and left December 1, 2017.[1] Prior to Tennessee, Currie was the Athletics Director at Kansas State University from 2009 to 2017.


Currie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in politics from Wake Forest University in 1993 and a Master's of Science degree in sport management from the University of Tennessee in 2003.[2]


Currie began his professional career at Wake Forest in 1993 as a Deacon Club intern before he was appointed assistant Deacon Club director in 1994 (a position he held until 1997). After a two-year stint as Assistant Athletics Director at Wake Forest, Currie joined the University of Tennessee in 1997 as Executive Director of its Athletic Scholarship Fund. At Tennessee, he was Executive Associate Athletic Director, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director for External Operations, Associate Director for Development, Marketing and Tickets, Associate Athletic Director for Development, and Assistant Athletic Director for Development. As Executive Associate Athletic Director, Currie was among Knoxville business' "40 under 40".[3]

Kansas State University[edit]

Currie administered K-State Athletics' projected $71 million budget, managed 165 employees, and maintained relations with 450 student athletes. He had cultivated relationships with alumni and donors, and his department projected a $4.4 million budget increase for the 2016 fiscal year. During Currie's tenure, the school's athletics budget has increased by $26 million over its 2010 budget of $44.1 million to $73 million.[citation needed] KSU's athletics budget has had a surplus for six consecutive years.[4]

The university invested $190 million in new and upgraded facilities, including the West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium and a basketball training venue. In May 2015, a new football complex was under construction which was scheduled to open in September.[5] In a letter to supporters dated June 30, 2015, Currie wrote that the KSU athletics department's first goal was to provide "A World-Class Student-Athlete Experience".[6]

University of Tennessee[edit]

Currie took over as athletic director on February 28, 2017.[7] Currie was dismissed on December 1, 2017 after 8 months on the job due to a failed coaching search that included the controversial decision to agree to terms with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. The controversy included not only accusations of Schiano’s knowledge of child abuse by Jerry Sanusky while at Penn State but also because of Schiano’s mediocre coaching record and his toxic reputation while a head coach in the NFL. This reputation led to Schiano being forced out of the league. The Schiano recruitment led to a large protest by fans in part due to Schiano's alleged failure to report the sexual assault of children by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Released phone records proved that USA Today sportswriter Dan Wolken colluded with Currie in his effort to sell the hire to the Volunteer fan base. Currie was replaced by former head coach Phillip Fulmer.[8]

Awards and achievements[edit]

After the Kansas State Wildcats won or shared Big 12 Conference championships in football, men's basketball and baseball in the 2012–13 academic year, and Currie was honored as one of four 2013 Under Armour Athletic Directors of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.[9]


  1. ^ "Tennessee Volunteers Athletic Director John Currie Part Amid Tumultuous Coaching Search".
  2. ^ "Kansas State University". Kansas State University – Official Athletics Site.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Ayo, Laura (December 15, 2008). "40 under 40: John Currie, 37". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  4. ^ Corbitt, Ken (July 2, 2015). "K-State AD John Currie announces 2016 athletics budget". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Robinett, Kellis (May 1, 2015). "K-State extends contract, increases pay for athletic director John Currie". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Letter from AD John Currie, June 30 – KSU Wildcats News". Kansas State University – Official Athletics Site. Retrieved May 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "Tennessee hires John Currie as athletic director". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "John Currie out as Tennessee Vols athletic director". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  9. ^ Robinett, Kellis (June 10, 2013). "K-State's John Currie wins Under Armour athletic director award". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved May 7, 2016.