Executive Vice President, University Partnership Group
Mike Hamilton is the Executive Vice President of the University Partnership Group at LEARFIELD. Mike brings 30 years of leadership experience in college athletics to his role of developing impactful, trust-based relationships with LEARFIELD’s University and Conference partners while supporting new business growth.
Before joining LEARFIELD in 2018, Mike served 19 years at The University of Tennessee, eight as Athletic Director. Prior to his time in Knoxville, he held sports administration roles at both Wake Forest and Clemson, his alma mater.
A veteran of the collegiate sports industry, Mike has a history of visionary leadership, creative revenue generation, and successful relationship development across diverse groups of constituents. Mike has a passion for seeing people reach their full potential and enjoys opportunities to mentor and encourage athletic directors across the U.S., sharing valuable insights on topics ranging from career strategy to organizational success. Mike shares his experiences and discusses the current collegiate sports landscape with athletic directors on the From The Chair podcast, produced by LEARFIELD.
Mike cares deeply about making an impact in the world and has devoted much of his free time to charitable organizations that care for orphans or address the water and healthcare crises in Africa. In his leisure time, Mike enjoys travel, spending time with his family, trying out the newest restaurant in town or reading the next book on his list. Mike and his wife, Beth, live in Franklin, TN, and are the parents of five children.
What he wanted to be as a child
Something he learned from a mentor
When you have hard conversations with honesty, candor, kindness, and empathy, you will often diffuse another person’s anger over time, if not immediately.
This or That?
Cubed Ice or Crushed Ice
Cowboy Hat or Baseball Cap
Beach or Mountain
Three-point or free throw
Mustard or Ketchup
Best thing about our business
Having the opportunity to build and nurture relationships.