UAA SENIOR ADMINISTRATION BIO
Entering his fourth year as Director of Athletics at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2016-17, Keith Hackett has positioned the Seawolves’ 13-sport NCAA program for unprecedented success.
All told during his tenure, the Seawolves’ D-II programs have qualified for NCAA postseason competition at a 90 percent rate, producing 69 All-Americans, five Academic All-Americans®, 14 Great Northwest Athletic Conference team titles, plus NCAA top-3 finishes in men's cross country (2015) and women's basketball (2016 runner-up). Even more impressively, UAA student-athletes have continued their tradition of academic excellence under Hackett’s leadership, combining for better than a 3.15 overall grade-point average in each of his years at the helm.
In the past three years, the Seawolves have also finished among the top programs in NCAA Div. II in the NACDA Learfield Directors’ Cup. In 2015-16, UAA finished No. 8 in the final standings out of 307 D-II schools nationally.
Under Hackett’s leadership, the department has developed a strategic plan that lists the highest priorities for continued growth and development. These strategic priorities guide and direct many of the Seawolf Athletic Department’s decisions. Meanwhile, student-athlete success and the student-athlete experience are his highest priorities. Creating college graduates, honorable citizens and young people who are prepared to lead and succeed in life after they leave UAA are at the core of the department’s mission.
A university and administrative management executive with 39 years of higher education experience, Hackett values connecting with the Anchorage community and building positive relationships with campus faculty, students, staff and U-Med District partners.
In addition to reorganizing the internal management structure of the department, he has also entered into agreements with several national leaders in collegiate brand advancement. Hackett has developed partnerships with industry leader Spectra to manage the Alaska Airlines Center and UAA’s ticketing operations; Learfield Sports – the industry leader in media rights and sponsorships; and Basketball Travelers, which assists UAA in developing the GCI Great Alaska Shootout.
Hackett has worked closely with corporate partners GCI and Alaska Airlines – and national TV partner CBS Sports Network – to bolster the vitality of UAA’s most visible event, the GCI Great Alaska Shootout.
Other priorities that Hackett has targeted include external relations and development, revenue generation, and a significant focus on the ‘Seawolf Fan Experience.’ Since his arrival, over $4 million has been raised for facility projects and direct support to Seawolf sports teams.
Hackett came to the Seawolves after working from 2004-13 as the senior associate AD for internal affairs at the University of Nevada, where he oversaw the football, track & field/cross country and baseball programs.
Prior to his time in Reno, Hackett served as Executive VP for Special Projects and Director of the St. Gregory’s University College for Working Adults in Tulsa, Okla. He also served as Executive VP and Provost at St. Gregory’s from 1997-2004, and as VP 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 AD 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 an M.S. in education from the University of Kansas in 1979.
He and his wife Patricia have been married for 40 years and have two adult children, Katie and James, and six grandsons.