Mitch Barnhart

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Mitch Barnhart
Born (1959-08-27) August 27, 1959 (age 59)
Alma materOttawa University (Kansas) (B.A.)
Ohio University (M.S.)
Years active1998 – Present
Salary$600 thousand[1]
TitleAD for Kentucky Wildcats
PredecessorLarry Ivy

Mitch Barnhart is the athletics director for the Kentucky Wildcats athletics program at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Barnhart was hired by the university in 2002 succeeding Larry Ivy.[2] Barnhart served in the same capacity at Oregon State University from 1998-2002. He is the university's tenth athletics director. In March 2016 Barnhart signed an extension on his contract which will keep him at Kentucky until 2022[3]


Barnhart received his B.A. from Ottawa University (Kansas) and an M.S. in sports administration from Ohio University.

Tenure at Kentucky[edit]

Barnhart is currently the longest serving AD in the SEC. For the 2016-17 school year, Kentucky athletics finished 10th nationally in the NACDA Directors' Cup, more than 100 student-athletes graduating, and finishing five straight years with an average GPA of over 3.0. [4]

As of 2017, several coaches and administrators who have worked under Barnhart at Kentucky are now serving as athletic directors at other universities, including: [4]


  1. ^ "Lexington Herald-Leader". Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Mitch Barnhart named UK Athletics Director After Four Years in Oregon State Post". University of Kentucky Public Relations. 15 July 2002. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  3. ^ "Barnhart Given Contract extension".
  4. ^ a b "Athletic Director - Mitch Barnhart". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 11 July 2017.

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