Darron Boatright was named Director of Athletics on Aug. 26, 2016 after serving as the department's chief operating officer, then interim director, since April 2015.
As Director of Athletics, he has overall supervision and leadership of the intercollegiate athletics program, budget, personnel, compliance with conference and NCAA rules and regulations, fundraising and other duties as assigned by the President.
He also serves as a member of the President’s Executive Team and reports directly to the President.
During his time as Director of Athletics, Boatright administered Wichita State’s move into the American Athletic Conference in 2017 and negotiated and transitioned the department to an all-inclusive apparel provider in Under Armour. In the past four years, Wichita State has captured 23 conference championships, 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and three conference all-sport trophies.
Under Boatright, athletics has had a 3.10 cumulative grade point average or above every semester including a school record 3.256 cumulative GPA during the Fall 2018 semester.
His background includes more than 20 years in college athletics in both coaching and administration.
Before working as the chief operating officer, he spent five years as Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Operations at Wichita State. His duties included the supervision and leadership of marketing, development, fundraising, corporate sponsorships, radio/TV broadcasting, media relations, and ticket operations.
Boatright joined the Wichita State staff in September 2010 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he had served as Associate Athletic Director for Development beginning in November 2009.
The native of Benton, Ky., served as Associate AD for External Affairs from 2005-08 at Murray State University where he had administrative oversight of baseball, men's and women's golf and all spirit groups. Boatright also had administrative oversight of marketing and promotions, athletic development, the "Racer Club" priority seating program and ticket operations.
Boatright was a member of the University of Alabama basketball coaching staff from 1998-2005 and was part of four NCAA Tournament teams and two NIT teams while serving as Director of Basketball Operations. The Crimson Tide made an NCAA Elite Eight appearance in 2004 and an NIT championship game appearance in 2001 and the 2002-03 team reached No. 1 in the Associated Press poll in December of 2002. Also at Alabama, Boatright served as Special Campaigns Director in the Office of Athletic Development.
While serving as a student assistant coach at Murray State from 1995-98, Boatright was part of three conference championship teams that participated in two NCAA Tournaments and made one NIT appearance.
Boatright earned a bachelor's degree from Murray State in 1998, graduating with a double major in political science and history. He earned a master's degree in Higher Education Administration at Alabama in 2004.
Boatright and his wife Kim have four children: Fletcher, Maddie, Zoe and Sarah Frances.