Terry Mohajir leaves Arkansas State to become athletic director at UCF

UCF on Tuesday hired Terry Mohajir away from Arkansas State to be its next athletic director.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to build on the tremendous momentum UCF's talented student-athletes, coaches and staff have established with the enthusiastic support of Knight Nation and so many generous donors,'' Mohajir said in a statement.

Mohajir, a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee, has overseen the Arkansas State athletic department since 2012. He played football at Arkansas State in the 1990s and worked at Kansas and Florida Atlantic in athletic administration before returning to his alma mater.

While at Arkansas State, Mohajir hired head football coaches Bryan Harsin (now at Auburn), Blake Anderson (now at Utah State) and most recently Butch Jones, who guided Tennessee to back-to-back nine-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, which has happened only three times in the past 20 years at Tennessee.

Arkansas State won four Sun Belt football championships among its 25 conference titles in all sports during Mohajir's tenure and significantly upgraded its football and basketball facilities.

Mohajir's first order of business at UCF will be hiring a head football coach. Mohajir replaces former UCF athletic director Danny White, who brought former Knights football coach Josh Heupel with him to Tennessee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.