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Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert Announces Dwight Datcher as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Washington, D.C., January 13, 2006Today, President H. Patrick Swygert announced the appointment of Dwight Datcher as the University’s new director of intercollegiate athletics.

Datcher has 28 years of experience in college athletics, including coaching and administration at the highest levels.  He comes to Howard from Georgetown University where he served as the associate director of athletics.

“This is an exciting day for Howard,” said President Swygert. “We are confident that his talent, experience and dedication will further enhance our athletic program.”

Datcher is a 1974 graduate of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where he was a four-year starter in men’s basketball.  After graduating, he joined Georgetown as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program, where he served for two years. He later assumed the head coaching position at St. Anthony’s High School, Washington, D.C., amassing an incredible 144-44 record after an eight-year stint. 

Datcher returned to Roger Williams in 1985 to become the head men’s basketball coach, a position he held until 1992.  While there, he became the assistant director of athletics and later the director of athletics, all while continuing to coach. In 1988, Datcher was named an assistant men’s basketball coach by the U.S. Olympic Association.

In 1992, Datcher became the director of athletics at the University of the District of Columbia, a position he held until he joined the Georgetown staff in 1997.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at


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