Dexter Irvin becomes director of athletics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo effective Sept. 1, 2009. He will oversee the university’s 13 NCAA Division II athletic programs.
Irvin spent the past decade as director of athletics for fellow Pacific West Conference member Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. During his tenure, he increased fundraising and contributions to more than $500,000 per year and guided the program from junior college status to the NCAA Division II level.
Irvin coached women’s basketball at Dixie State (2001-05), with previous coaching experience at Western New Mexico University, Clarendon College and Utah Valley Community College. He was an athletic director for the Utah County Boys Club and Kirtland Central High School in New Mexico.
“Coming to UH Hilo is one of the smartest, best moves I have made in my career,” Irvin says. “I feel like the Indiana Jones of athletics and that I am in this great adventure.”
“Dexter’s commitment to excellence in academics and athletics, his ability to connect with people and his sound fiscal sense make him a perfect fit for UH Hilo,” notes Chancellor Rose Y. Tseng. “His student-athletes at Dixie State earned the Pacific West Conference Community Engagement Award this year, a reflection of Dexter’s own community engagement.”