Tom Hart Moving on after 21 Years at Webster

| July 9, 2013
Tom Hart

Tom Hart was at Webster for 21 years, the last 19 as director of Athletics.

Updated July 23, 2013:

Student Affairs and Webster Athletics invite members of the Webster community to a send-off reception for Tom Hart on Monday, July 29, 3-5 p.m. in the University Center’s Sunnen Lounge. Come bid Tom farewell and wish him good luck on his new venture. Refreshments will be served.

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Tom Hart, director of Athletics, has accepted the director of Athletics position at Berry College in Rome, Ga. At Berry, Hart will head an NCAA III program with 21 sports, including football. His last day at Webster will be July 31.

“I am proud to have worked with the passionate and committed student athletes, coaches and staff at Webster and, as an alumnus, will keep an eye on their future accomplishments,” Hart said.

Hart has been at Webster for 21 years – the last 19 as director. During his time as director, Webster athletics grew from 72 student athletes and eight sports to 220 student athletes and 14 sports. Webster teams totaled 49 NCAA tournament appearances, and won 52 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) titles.

The Gorloks captured the SLIAC “All-Sports” Award in 2012-13 for a ninth consecutive year. This year, the baseball team made its second consecutive NCAA Division III National Championship, also known as the World Series.

Webster athletes have excelled in the classroom as well under Hart’s tutelage. In 2012-13, 51 Webster student athletes were named SLIAC Academic All-Conference, having cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or better.

Hart came to Webster in 1991 as an assistant men’s basketball coach, was named head coach the next year, and was named director of Athletics in 1994. Hart later started and coached men’s golf at Webster, becoming one of only two individuals named a SLIAC Coach of the Year in two different sports.

Berry College’s announcement of Hart’s new job can be found online here.

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  1. Gwyneth Williams says:

    So sorry to see you go, Tom! Thanks so much for all your years of dedication to Webster and its students, and best of luck in your new position!

  2. Warren says:

    Tom’s legacy at Webster has been extraordinary, and it has almost nothing to do with the Win/Loss column (though that’s pretty impressive too). So many bright, engaged, energetic students have come here because of our sports programs. Tom helped create a perfect balance between expectations of competitive seriousness, academic excellence, and a well-rounded, “normal” student experience. We’re going to miss this guy!

  3. John P. Orr says:

    On top of his athletic director accomplishments, Tom served as a role model for academic persistence. I met Tom the first time I taught Quantitative Research Methods in the Doctor of Management program. Tom persevered through coursework and dissertation, and this spring graduated with his DMgt degree.

    Along the way, Tom shared with me the joys and challenges of managing a non-scholarship Div. III athletic program. I was a walk-on wrestler in my junior college days, so I appreciate someone who sets the stage so students can play sports primarily for fun and camaraderie.

    Our discussions frequently turned to golf, including the merits of using Harrison graphite shafts in fairway woods.

    Tom, good luck in Georgia!

  4. Thuy Witt says:

    Congratulations, Tom! I wish you all the best!

  5. Claudia burris says:

    Congratulations Tommy!

    And always remember: “She is beautiful, she is small
    She don`t wanna play basketball.”

    Your pal,
    Claud

  6. Maureen Absolon says:

    Wish you the best Tom!

  7. Derrick Florian says:

    Tom-

    Congratulations on your new job, you will be missed!You are going south, so now you can become a true “Saints Fan”!

    Derrick