Blackburn, a 20-year veteran within the athletic department, has served in many capacities during his tenure, include assistant recruiting coordinator, director of recruiting compliance for all men's teams, director of football operations, assistant athletic director for development, and associate athletic director for football.
Blackburn has direct oversight of the football department, serving as the football sport administrator. In addition, he has also served as the sport administrator for both track and field and swimming and diving.
Blackburn's duties call for working closely with director of football operations Brad Pendergrass in the oversight of all football-related operations.
He has personnel oversight as well as responsibility for the coordination of preseason camp, in-season practice sessions, travel, bowl arrangements and the football budget.
A Loudon native, Blackburn graduated from UT after serving two years as head football student manager and student assistant under head coach Johnny Majors. He joined UT Athletics in a full-time capacity in 1992 and has served in a number of roles, including five years as an assistant athletics director for football administration under head coach Philip Fulmer.
Blackburn is currently pursuing a master's degree in sport management.
Blackburn lives in Maryville with his wife, the former Andrea Radel of Albion, Mich, and their two daughters, Emma and Charlee.