MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - David Matlin has been named the new athletic director of the University of Hawaii. UH Manoa Chancellor Robert Bley-Vroman made the announcement Wednesday at a press conference at Les Murakami Stadium.
"This is honestly my dream opportunity and I understand that there are many challenges ahead," said Matlin. "I am confident that with the support of the athletics department staff, UH leadership, and the entire state, we will be successful. I humbly ask the people of Hawaii, and UH fans all over the world, for their support to ensure that UH Athletics not only survives, but thrives. "
Matlin, who recently served as the executive director for the Hawaii Bowl, now takes over an athletics department that features 21 programs and is mired in a $3.5 million deficit, which is projected to reach $4.5 million by 2018.
For 11 of the last 13 years, the department has finished in the red.
In his 22 year career, Matlin has experience in sales, marketing, finance, information technology, and event management while working for several organizations including the Houston Astros and UH-Manoa.
According to his online biography, in his first stint at UH, Matlin worked as an information officer for the athletic department where he was "responsible for the development and integration of information technology to assist with the sales and distribution of individual, group and season tickets for the department's seven ticketed programs."
The recommended salary for the new AD will go before the UH Board of Regents for final approval at the April 16 meeting.
"I'm deeply appreciative of the tremendous feedback from campus and community members on this critical leadership position," said Bley-Vroman. "Please join me in welcoming David as he takes the helm of the state's NCAA Division I women's and men's athletics program and our 21 major sports teams."