Utah State hires John Hartwell as next athletic director

LOGAN, Utah (AP) John Hartwell has been hired as the next athletic director at Utah State, President Stan Albrecht announced Tuesday.

The former Troy athletic director replaces Scott Barnes, who took the same position at Pittsburgh.

Hartwell spent three years at Troy, where he guided major upgrades to several athletic facilities. Three of his hires were named Sun Belt Conference coach of the year in 2014-15 as the women’s golf team and men’s tennis team won conference titles. He also negotiated a new deal with Adidas to outfit the school’s teams.

Hartwell previously was a member of the Ole Miss athletic department staff for nine years where he held the title of senior executive associate athletics director and worked under two administrations.