- DeLoss Dodds
DELOSS DODDS. As the architect of the state's most successful collegiate athletic program, DeLoss Dodds' success at the University of Texas is unparalleled. Dodds has been the Longhorn's Athletic Director since 1981, the longest tenure in the school's history. Dodds' Longhorn teams have won 13 national championships and 100 conference (SWC & Big 12) titles. During his reign each of the nine men's sports has won a conference crown. This string of athletic success includes 21 bowl games, 18 NCAA basketball bids, three NCAA baseball titles with 13 College World Series trips, 10 NCAA Swimming & Diving titles, 18 NCAA tennis tournament trips, 14 NCAA top 10 finishes in golf and 20 conference indoor/outdoor titles in track & field. In 1984 Dodds streamlined the fundraising for the athletic department by bringing everything under the control of the Longhorn Foundation. He is also responsible for raising the $300 million necessary to renovate the DKR Memorial Stadium, Erwin Center, Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center and the Cooley Pavilion for basketball. He was also a key figure in the formation of the Big 12 Conference. Dodds recently received the 2006 John L. Toner Award as nation's top Athletic Director from the College Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted as part of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2006.