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Volume 4, Issue 3                                    University of Houston

Smith finds successor for Gladchuk; former Miami AD will take over in February

By Christian Schmidt
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UH President Arthur K. Smith formally announced Dave Maggard as the school's new Athletic Director on Wednesday. Maggard takes over for the departed Chet Gladchuk, who left to take the AD position at Navy in September.

"I set out to find an outstanding successor to Chet Gladchuk, and I did just that," Smith said in a conference call Wednesday.

Maggard was reportedly one of four candidates contacted about the vacancy. Rice Assistant Athletic Director Mike Pede and Georgia Tech Associate Athletics Director Steve Orsini were rumored to be among the candidates contacted by Smith.

"The opportunity to move back into a Division I athletics director's post -- particularly one where the foundation is on such firm footing -- is an exciting proposition for me at this point in my life and career," Maggard said. "My wife and I are very excited about joining the UH and Houston community and helping to return Cougar sports to the national spotlight."

Maggard takes over a program that has fallen on hard times both on and off the field. Last season, the football team went 0-11 for the first time in its history; men's basketball hasn't had a winning season since the 1995-96 season, and the Athletics Department has a deficit that has been rumored to be between six and nine million dollars each year. Smith has publicly stated the deficit, or "subsidy," as $7.5 million.

The compensation package Maggard will receive should make the task easier to swallow. Maggard's contract is for five years, with a base salary of $250,000 a year and incentives that could total as much as $300,000 over the term of the contract.

"The program needs to generate more income in every area," Maggard said when asked about the deficit. "We need to make more revenue in gate receipts, television contracts and fundraising."

Maggard comes to UH after serving as a consultant for the Sacramento Sports Commission and the University of California-Davis Medical Center.

Before that, Maggard worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee before and during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and worked as an executive with Turner Sports/Time Warner Inc. and with the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League.

From 1991-93, he was the athletics director at the University of Miami. From 1972-91, he served as the athletics director at his alma mater, University of California-Berkeley.

In the 1960s, Maggard was a star athlete at Berkeley and was a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Mexico City.
 
 

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