FLORIDA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Hired Nov. 1, 2016, it has not taken long
for Florida Athletic Director Scott Stricklin
to become acclimated to the championship
culture at the University Athletic
Association. Four national championships
(Women’s Tennis, 2017; Men’s Outdoor
Track & Field, 2017; Baseball, 2017;
Men’s Indoor Track & Field 2018) and 13
conference titles have already been added
to the mantle during his tenure.
The Gators have won a national championship in 10 straight years and have
40 in school history. UF is one of three schools to win a national championship
each of the last 10 years and owns 19 national titles during that time.
Overall, a school-record 12 Gators teams finished in the top five nationally
in 2017-18. Florida finished third in the 2017-18 Learfield Directors Cup,
marking the 10th straight Gators top-five finish, and the 35th straight year
the Gators finished in the top 10. UF is the only school to finish in the top 10
in each year of that period.
Florida won seven conference titles in 2017-18 – a league-high six in
the Southeastern Conference (baseball, men’s swimming & diving, men’s
and women’s outdoor track & field, softball, volleyball) and the BIG EAST
women’s lacrosse title. In addition, Florida won its 28th overall and 12th
consecutive SEC All-Sports Trophy. The Gators also won the SEC Men’s All-
Florida found success in the academic arena as well. A school-record 315
Gators earned a spot on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The overall studentathlete
grade point average of 3.13 for the 2017-18 academic year also set a
program record. Of the 470 Gators student-athlete graduates in the last four
seasons, 267 were part of a SEC or national championship team.
In an effort to delivering a championship experience for the Gator Nation,
Stricklin and the UAA staff continue to pursue initiatives to enhance the
fan experience and engage with them socially and personally. Stricklin has
served as the Chair of SEC’s Working Group on Fan Experience since 2013.
More than one million fans came through the turnstiles at Gators events
in 2017-18. Baseball, gymnastics and volleyball all set single-season and
various attendance marks, while six Gators teams ranked in the top 11
nationally in total or attendance average.
In addition, Stricklin completed his first year of a three-year tenure as the
SEC representative on the College Football Playoff selection committee.
Stricklin is also a current member of the SEC’s Working Group on Student-
Athlete Conduct (since 2015), and serves on the Division I Football
Competition Committee (2017), the Football Legislative Review Group (2017)
and the Collegiate Athletic Council (2017).
Stricklin, who succeeded Jeremy Foley and became the Gators’ 14th athletic
director, came to Florida with 29-plus years of experience in intercollegiate
athletics, including six as athletic director at his alma mater, Mississippi
The Jackson, Mississippi, native has spent 24-plus years in the Southeastern
Conference, spearheaded over $140 million in facility improvements while
leading MSU, as well as significant increases in booster club membership
and donations and the highest-ever Learfield Director’s Cup finish in school
history. MSU’s student-athletes excelled academically under Stricklin’s
leadership, posting a combined 3.0 GPA in 2014-15, marking the highest in
Stricklin earned praise for his performance, garnering the 2015-16 Athletic
Director of the Year Award from the National Association of College
Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Stricklin, 48, is married to the former Anne Howell, the youngest daughter
of Basketball Hall of Fame member Bailey Howell. She was a three-time
All-Lone Star Conference team member, both for athletics and academics,
as a tennis player at Abilene Christian. The couple has two daughters, Abby
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