Des Moines native to lead Drake Athletics Department

(Des Moines, Iowa)  Drake University has named a new Athletic Director.  President Marty Martin says Des Moines native Brian Hardin will join the staff December 11th.

Hardin is currently a deputy director of athletics at Marquette University, with prior experience at Ball State University and the University of Notre Dame. 

“After a robust, national search with a deep pool of highly qualified prospects, it became clear that Brian was the right fit for Drake,” said Drake University President Marty Martin. “His reputation for success and integrity in all facets of athletics administration at Division I institutions immediately attracted us to him. Most importantly, Brian understands and is passionate about the distinct and important role athletics play in supporting the Drake University mission. His strong vision will ensure a seamless transition with Megan Franklin, who has provided tremendous service as our interim director of athletics.”

Brian is a 1998 graduate of Valley High School, was a Drake Relays champion while in high school and competed at the Relays at the university level all four years while attending Marquette.

Hardin'a parents, Bog and Jan Hardin graduated with bachelor’s degrees from Drake's School of Education.    Bob, who teaches and coaches cross country at Valley High School in West Des Moines, returned to earn his master’s in education in 1987. 

Hardin will be formally introduced to the Drake community at a news conference on Nov. 10th.

Hardin replaces Sandy Hatfield-Clubb, who resigned in August.

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