MARTIN, Tenn. — Kevin McMillan, the University of Tennessee at Martin’s successful head women’s basketball coach, announced this week that he has completed his service to the university as interim athletics director. Mike Swaim, who joined the staff in October 2016 to assist with day-to-day athletics program activities, will assume the interim position effective today. The position reports directly to Dr. Keith Carver, the university’s chancellor.
McMillan accepted the interim position under then-interim UT Martin Chancellor Bob Smith. He continued to coach full time while holding the interim athletics director’s position.
“Kevin has done a tremendous job and truly rose to the occasion when UT Martin needed him most,” Carver said in an email message to the university community. “He agreed to take on these additional responsibilities as interim athletics director in April 2016 to give UT Martin an opportunity to hire a permanent chancellor.
“I want to personally thank Kevin for his leadership over the past year. He has well-positioned the UT Martin athletics program as we begin the search process for a permanent athletics director.”
Carver, who became UT Martin chancellor on Jan. 3, added in his message that the search for the athletics director will begin “in the coming weeks, with the goal to have someone in place this summer.”
McMillan is the winningest coach in UT Martin women’s basketball history and earned his third Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year recognition following the Skyhawks’ regular season conference championship in 2016. His UT Martin teams have earned four NCAA tournament appearances and two Women’s National Invitational Tournament berths.
A Martin native, Swaim has spent the last 31 years in business development, owning and operating local pharmacies before joining Skyhawk athletics as Chief Operating Officer. A longtime supporter of UT Martin athletics, he graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in 1986.