South Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman was featured in Sunday’s issue of The State as part of a series profiling 12 individuals who are changing the state of South Carolina. You can read the article titled, “USC AD has whipped department into shape” by clicking here.
As the athletics director at Virginia Military Institute, Hyman established a list of components for a successful athletics department. The list – upgraded over the years – hangs in the senior management meeting room next to the Roundhouse on the USC campus.
The seven components include guidelines for integrity, student-athlete management, winning and losing, academics, marketing, teammates and producing contributors to society. When then-President Andrew Sorensen interviewed him for the athletics director job, Hyman presented the components and asked whether USC could operate within those parameters.
Hyman uses the components when conducting exit interviews with student-athletes and as a guideline for prospective coaches.
Baughman says no athletic director in the country does more thorough research than Hyman when making hires. O’Connell, an associate athletics director who has followed Hyman from Miami of Ohio to TCU to USC, says his boss hires values rather than teaching values.