Director, Athletics - Keith Hackett
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Keith Hackett joined UAA as athletics director in 2012 after working nine years at the University of Nevada, where he oversaw the football, track & field/cross country and baseball programs as senior associate athletics director.
In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities with specific teams at Nevada, Hackett was involved with donor relations and major gifts, budget, human and physical resource management, and alumni and community relations. As a key member of the Wolf Pack’s senior leadership team, he was responsible for oversight of all athletics department capital projects, development of the department’s first athletic facilities master plan, and event management for all home contests.
At UAA, Hackett oversees 13 NCAA sports, including Div. I men’s hockey and women’s gymnastics. The UAA Seawolves, who compete primarily at the Div. II level, are riding a string of five straight years in the NACDA Director’s Cup top 50, including the past two seasons in the top 25. UAA’s skiing, men’s basketball, women’s basketball and men’s cross country teams have all produced top-four national finishes since 2008, and the men’s track and field/cross country program has produced five individual NCAA titles.
Prior to his time in Nevada, Hackett served as executive vice president for special projects and was director of the St. Gregory’s University College for Working Adults in Tulsa, Okla. He also served as executive vice president and provost at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Okla., from 1997-2004, and as vice president for Admissions and Enrollment Management/Dean of Admissions for Law, Graduate and Undergraduate Admissions at Oklahoma City University from 1992-97. He worked at OCU as dean of students from 1986-89.
From 1989-92, Hackett was the associate athletics director at Northern Illinois University, where he oversaw eight Division I sports, including football and men’s and women’s basketball.
The native of Nanuet, N.Y., began his college coaching and teaching career at Baker University in Baldwin, Kan., where he was head baseball coach from 1978-83 and assistant football coach from 1977-83. From there, he went on to coach offensive line for the football program at Div. I Memphis from 1983-85.
Hackett earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Tarkio (Mo.) College in 1976 and a Master of Science in education from the University of Kansas in 1979.
He and his wife Patricia have been married for 37 years and have two adult children, Katie and James.