Mike Hamilton Obituary, Death – Mike Hamilton, a 60-year-old former athletic director for Tennessee, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, according to former UT women’s AD Joan Cronan. It took some time to ascertain the cause of death. Hamilton revealed that he was battling cancer and getting a liver transplant in tweets between July 23 and October 8.
The note, dated October 8, said, “I was informed at the end of last week that I was now officially listed for a transplant.” We’re heading to UCHealth to see what happens because they told me to be on-site by this weekend at the latest. My spot in the lineup is #1A. Please intervene on our behalf. We also implore you to pray for my family members who are set to die so that I can survive. God has love. Before taking over as Tennessee’s athletic director from 2003 to 2011, Hamilton worked for over twenty years in the UT sports department.
Three of the five children that Hamilton and his wife, Beth, adopted were Ethiopian. They adopted their daughter Madison and son Matthew prior to adopting Nate, Kiya, and Kalu. In an interview with Knox News, Cronan, whose protracted career coincided with Mike Hamilton’s, stated, “I think there’s no better person than Mike Hamilton.”
“He’s a special person of strong faith, a wonderful family man and colleague and he loved the University of Tennessee.” Hamilton assumed leadership of the athletic department in 2008 following the dismissal of former football coach Phillip Fulmer. There was a stir when Lane Kiffin was hired, but after just one season, Kiffin moved to Southern California. After Hamilton left the Vols basketball team in 2011, Bruce Pearl was sacked due to NCAA issues.
Bruce Pearl lost his job due to unethical actions. Dave Hart was followed by Hamilton in 2003 after Doug Dickey left. Hamilton was Dickey’s senior assistant director before he was appointed AD. He worked for Tennessee as an associate director of sports for development and marketing from 1992 to 2011. The former Clemson University employee was associate director of development at Wake Forest University before to joining the UT staff.