Mitch Barnhart hires two new staff members.
University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart didn't waste any time in filling two of the five Athletics department staff vacancies.
Greg Byrne, a native of Pocatello, ID, was hired as the Associate Athletics Director for fund-raising and development. Byrne held a similar position at Oregon State under Barnhart. Byrne will direct the Athletic Associations Blue-White Fund. He has also worked for the Fiesta Bowl and the University of Oregon before joining Barnhart at Oregon State.
Rick Thompson, a native of Buena Vista, VA, was hired as the Associate Athletics Director for marketing, licensing and media relations. Thompson was the general manager of Beaver Sports Properties in Corvallis, OR. He also worked at West Texas State, Tennessee-Chattagooga, Marshall and ESPN before joining Beaver Sports Properties, the corporate sponsorship branch of Oregon State Athletics.