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Tony Hernandez
Position: Deputy Athletic Director
Alma Mater: Miami, 1997
Experience: 14 Years
Email: thernandez@miami.edu
Tony Hernandez Biography
Courtesy: Hurricanesports.com
Release: 01/01/2012

Tony Hernandez, joined the University of Miami Athletic Department in 1998 and is currently the Deputy Athletic Director. In his role, he oversees the following operations and sports:

  • Financial and Business Operations
  • Human Resources
  • Ticket Operations
  • Equipment Room
  • Video Services
  • Nike Relations
  • Legal/Contractual Matters
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Track and Field

Hernandez joined the University of Miami Athletic Department in February of 1998 as a Graduate Assistant in Academic Services. He was hired full-time in 1999 as a Compliance Coordinator, subsequently being promoted to Director of Compliance in 2002, Assistant AD for Compliance in 2004, Associate AD for Compliance in 2005 and Senior Associate Athletic Director in 2007. In 2005, he also served as the Interim Associate AD for Development and has served as the Interim Associate AD for External Affairs on two separate occasions. During his term as Interim Associate AD for Development, the Hurricane Club exceeded its annual giving budgetary goal by nearly ten percent.

By request of President Shalala, Hernandez served as Miami's Acting Athletic Director for almost two months, following Kirby Hocutt's departure to take the position of Director of Athletics at Texas Tech in February 2011.

In addition to his work at UM, Hernandez has been involved at the conference and national level. He is currently serving or has previously served on the following committees:

  • NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee
  • NCAA Amateurism Cabinet
  • ACC Finance Committee
  • Past President of the National Association of Athletic Compliance (NAAC)
  • Division 1-A Athletic Directors' Compliance Task Force
  • NCAA Academics/Eligibility/Compliance Cabinet
  • ACC Constitution and Bylaws Committee
  • Chair of the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Waivers Sub-Committee.

He is also an adjunct professor for Sports Law in the School of Education at Miami and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Florida Atlantic University.

Hernandez earned both a law degree and a bachelor's of business administration in finance from the University of Miami. He is a member of Iron Arrow, the highest honor attainable at UM, and served a term as president. He is married to the former Melissa Schumacher and they have two sons, Anthony Jr. and Austin.

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