What members of the UT athletic department said about USM's new AD, Gilbert

Southern Miss announced the hiring of the new Director of Athletics, Jon Gilbert, Tuesday morning. Here’s what some members in the Tennessee athletic department had to say about Gilbert.

Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart:

This is a red-letter day for Southern Miss Athletics and the University of Southern Miss with the hiring of Jon Gilbert as Director of Athletics. In nearly nine years of working with Jon, I have watched a terrific person grow into an outstanding administrator who has been more than ready to sit in a director of athletics chair for some time now.

Employees at the University and the people of the Hattiesburg community are getting a wonderful family and a tremendous leader to join their own family. We wish Jon, Katie, Kent and Larsen the very best as they begin their new journey.

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones:

Jon Gilbert is an absolutely great hire for Southern Miss and their athletics department. I have been fortunate to work with Jon over the past four years and really appreciate everything he has done for the football program. Most importantly, I’m glad to call him a friend.

Jon is relentless in his approach, positive in his dealings with people, but also direct in making sure the job gets done. His ability to connect with donors, administrators, employees and coaches will be great benefit to Southern Miss. He has vision of how he wants to run a department iwht his top priority always being what’s best for the student-athlete. He’s just a model professional and we are going to miss him in Knoxville.

Tennessee football coach Rick Barnes:

Congratulations to Southern Miss on their selection of Jon Gilbert as their next athletics director. We are going to miss him greatly at the University of Tennessee. He has been a critical part of our basketball program over the past two years and brought valuable expertise and knowledge to our staff.

Jon is very detailed, very specific in what he does and how he does it, and possesses a tremendous understanding of what it takes to lead a successful athletics department. He’s had been mentored and guided by some of the best leaders in this business. I truly believe Southern Miss selected the perfect person to reach their goals and I am extremely happy for Jon and his family.