Georgia Tech has hired J Batt, a key Alabama athletic department staffer, as the program's new athletic director, the university announced on Friday. Batt serves as the Crimson Tide's executive athletic director, as well as chief operating officer and chief revenue officer. 

"We're excited to welcome J to Georgia Tech. His leadership experience at one of the most competitive programs in the nation and his extraordinary track record in fundraising and revenue generation will bring great value to Georgia Tech," said Georgia Tech President Ángel Cabrera in a statement. 

Georgia Tech identified Batt as its top candidate barely three weeks after firing former athletic director Todd Stansbury, who hired football coach Geoff Collins in 2018. However, the program went just 10-28 before Stansbury and Collins were fired in September. Interim coach Brent Key is 2-0 since Collins and Stansbury were dismissed.