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Athletics Director Jeremy Foley

Jeremy FoleyJeremy N. Foley, who has handled virtually every aspect of the University of Florida’s $103.3 million athletic program during his athletic administrative career - which began with an internship in the Gator Ticket Office in 1976 - was named UF’s Director of Athletics in March of 1992. He is the second-longest tenured athletic director among Bowl Championship series Conference schools.

Foley, 61, brings a passionate, top-to-bottom team approach to the top athletic post at the University of Florida. Foley’s philosophy involves the continued building of a comprehensive athletic program, with the goal of having the overall UF program ranked as the top athletic program in the nation.

As chief financial officer for the University Athletic Association (UAA), Foley has spearheaded a number of capital improvement projects in the athletic department. The project lists includes two major expansions of the football stadium, a multipurpose athletic fieldhouse, new facilities for tennis, track & field, soccer, baseball, golf, gymnastics, softball and swimming. Foley also played a role in the construction of the academic advising center on the University of Florida campus, which serves UF students and Gator student-athletes, in the early 1990’s and assisted in funding the renovation of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in 2011. A project that enhanced the football experience for Gator student-athletes, staff and visitors - was completed in July of 2008 and received platinum certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Ration System, the highest ranking available.  It was the first building in Florida and the first athletic facility in the nation to achieve platinum status.  A 1,500 seat-stadium lacrosse facility - offering fans a great view of this fast-paced sport – was completed prior to the inaugural season in the spring of 2010. A complete renovation of the O’Connell Center and upgrading the Academic Advising Center are current projects in the planning stages.

Foley’s commitment to the overall athletic program includes a plan of increased opportunities for women, as three women’s sports have been added under his tenure – soccer, softball and, most recently, lacrosse.

Also, in an era when the NCAA estimates 90 percent of Division I schools are losing money on intercollegiate athletics, the University of Florida Athletic Association has contributed more than $77.4 million since 1992 to help fund University of Florida academic endeavors.

Florida has been equally successful on the field of play and in the classroom during Foley’s administrative tenure. The Florida athletic program has ranked among the nation’s top 10 for 31-straight years (1983-84 – 2013-14) and among the top five for 15 of the last 22 years, according to national all-sport rankings. Florida was among the nation’s top four schools in each of the last six years, including taking runner-up in the last three. Florida has also won the men’s Capital One Cup in 2011 and 2012, while the women’s program claimed its first Capital One Cup in 2014.

UF became the first program in collegiate history to own both the men’s basketball and football national titles in the same calendar year, after capturing crowns in 2006. The men’s basketball team then became the first repeat champions in their sport in 15 years after cutting the nets down again in 2007.

Foley is the only athletic director in Division I history to supervise a program that has won multiple national titles in football (1996, 2006, 2008) and men’s basketball (2006, 2007). Overall, 24 Gator teams have been crowned national champions under his watch, the second highest total in the nation among sitting Athletic Directors. Florida has won 15 national championships since 2006, tied for the second best total nationally and 11 since 2009, the second best total in the nation. Florida is one of only two schools in the nation who have captured multiple national championships in each of the last five years and is also one of only two schools to have six different sports win national championships in the last five years. UF has captured 119 SEC Championships under Foley and the lacrosse team has captured four straight American Lacrosse Conference Championships. Florida has swept the Halifax Media Group Southeastern Conference All-Sports Title 14 times under Foley, a feat no other school in the SEC has ever accomplished.

UF’s commitment in the classroom is equally impressive. Under Foley, UF student-athletes have been honored 100 times as Academic All-Americans, the highest total among sitting Athletic Directors and fifth best in the nation since 1992. The University of Florida has more than 1,800 SEC Academic Honor Roll honorees in the last decade.

The Gator athletic coaching family, which Foley had a large part in assembling, has collected 100 conference Coach of-the-Year awards during the last 24 years. The Gators had an amazing 10 coaches earn the league coach of the year honors during the 2012-13 year. Equally impressive is that 10 UF student athletes won their respective conference player of the year in 2012-13.

Florida student-athletes have remained involved in the community and beyond. A total of 345 UF student athletes participated in 4,035 hours of community service in 2013-14, partnering with 25 schools, 12 civic organizations and 20 non-profit organizations. The "Goodwill Gators" program was recognized by the National Consortium of Academics and Sports and received the 1998 Outreach and Service Award and Florida was honored with a White House commendation for volunteerism in 1994.

Foley was named the Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal National Athletic Director of the Year in June of 2006 and the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame awarded him the 2007 John L. Toner Award. The Toner Award is designed to honor and acknowledge outstanding athletics directors who have demonstrated superior administrative abilities especially in the area of college football.

Foley also served on the NCAA Division I Management Council from 1997-2002.

Foley was named Honorary Alumnus of the University of Florida by the Florida Alumni Association Board of Directors in October of 2000.

Born in Washington, D.C., but calling New London, N.H., home, Foley received his undergraduate degree in 1974 from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., where he also coached and scouted for the tradition-rich lacrosse program following graduation. He went on to earn his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1976 and then joined the Gator athletic program as an intern in the ticket office. In 1995, the Ohio Graduate School presented Foley with the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award. The Ohio University Alumni Association also awarded Foley with the Medal of Merit in September of 2008.

In 2008, the Hobart Alumni Association presented Foley with the Medal of Excellence, their highest honor, for outstanding achievements as Athletic Director at the University of Florida, which has brought honor and distinction to his alma mater.

The Holderness School, a small, private, college preparation school in Plymouth, New Hampshire, presented Foley, class of 1970, with their 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award in November of 2007.

Foley was named the United States Sports Academy Carl Maddox Sports Management Award winner in October of 2009. The Award is named in honor of the former athletic director of Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University, Corbet Award and United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees member, and is given annually to an individual for his or her contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices.

An avid sports and Boston Red Sox fan, Foley ran the Boston Marathon in a 3:39.51 clip in April of 1995 and completed the course in 3:28.10 in 1998. A dog lover and proud owner of one Labrador retriever, he is involved with the Humane Society and local charities.

The Foley File

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Athletic Director (March 9, 1992 - Present)
  • Senior Associate Athletic Director (January 1987 - March 1992)
  • Interim Athletic Director (September 1986 - January 1987)
  • Associate Athletic Director for Business Affairs (June 1981 - September 1986)
  • Assistant Athletic Director (May 1980 - June 1981)
  • Director of Ticket and Game Operations (March 1979 - May 1980)
  • Ticket Manager (February 1977 - March 1979)
  • Intern (August 1976 - February 1977)

EDUCATION

  • Ohio University, 1976, Masters of Education in Sports Administration
  • Hobart College, 1974, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

ATHLETIC EXPERIENCE

  • Completed Boston Marathon in April of 1995 (3:39.51) in April of 1998 (3:28.10)
  • Football and Lacrosse, Hobart College

DATE OF BIRTH

  • December 1, 1952 in Washington, D.C.

 

Florida Athletic Finishes in National All-Sports Rankings Under Foley
Year Finish
1991-92 5th
1992-93 4th
1993-94 4th
1994-95 5th
1995-96 3rd
1996-97 5th
1997-98 T2nd
1998-99 4th
1999-00 7th
2000-01 7th
2001-02 3rd
2002-03 7th
2003-04 6th
2004-05 6th
2005-06 5th
2006-07 6th
2007-08 6th
2008-09 3rd
2009-10 2nd
2010-11 4th
2011-12 2nd
2012-13 2nd
2013-14 2nd

 

Florida Finishes in SEC All-Sports Trophy Under Foley
Year Men (Avg) Women (Avg) Overall (Avg)
1991-92 1st 1st 1st
1992-93 1st 1st 1st
1993-94 1st 2nd 1st
1994-95 2nd (8.57) 1st (10.57) 1st  (9.57)
1995-96 1st (8.79) 1st (10.06) 1st (9.47)
1996-97 3rd (7.79) 1st (10.61) 1st (9.38)
1997-98 1st (8.43) 1st (10.61) 1st (9.66)
1998-99 1st (9.29) 2nd (8.78) 1st (9.00)
1999-00 1st (9.57) 1st (9.50) 1st (9.53)
2000-01 3rd (9.14) 1st (10.33) 1st (9.81)
2001-02 1st (10.07) 1st (9.78) 1st  (9.91)
2002-03 1st (10.00) 1st (9.56) 1st (9.75)
2003-04 1st  (10.00) 2nd (9.33) 1st (9.63)
2004-05 1st (10.29) 3rd (8.56) 1st (9.31)
2005-06 2nd (8.71) 3rd (8.89) 2nd (9.63)
2006-07 1st (9.71) 1st (9.72) 1st (9.72)
2007-08 2nd (9.07) 1st (10.67) 1st (9.97)
2008-09 1st(10.0) 1st (10.27) 1st (10.16)
2009-10 1st (10.78) 1st (9.72) 1st (10.19)
2010-11 1st (10.21) 1st (9.89) 1st (10.03)
2011-12 1st (9.50) 1st (10.00) 1st (9.78)
2012-13 1st 1st 1st
2013-14 1st 1st 1st

 

Florida NCAA Team Championships Under Foley (24)
Women’s Track 1992
Women’s Tennis 1992
Men’s Golf 1993
Football 1996
Women’s Tennis 1996
Women’s Tennis 1998
Women’s Soccer 1998
Men’s Golf 2001
Women’s Tennis 2003
Men’s Basketball 2006
Football 2006
Men’s Basketball 2007
Football 2008
Men’s Indoor Track & Field 2010
Women’s Swimming & Diving 2010
Men’s Indoor Track & Field 2011
Women’s Tennis 2011
Men’s Indoor Track & Field 2012
Women’s Tennis 2012
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field 2012
Gymnastics 2013
Men’s Outdoor Track & Field 2013
Gymnastics 2014
Softball 2014

 

Florida SEC Championships Under Foley (119 through May 25, 2014)

1991-92 (6#)

  • Men’s Golf
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Indoor Track
  • Women’s Outdoor Track

#Foley was named interim AD in January and hired on March 9, 1992. The football and volleyball teams won SEC titles in the fall of 1991 - these are not included in the 1991-92 total for SEC titles or his overall total of 109.

1992-93 (5)

  • Men’s Golf
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Tennis       
  • Volleyball

1993-94 (5)

  • Football
  • Men’s Golf
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Volleyball

1994-95 (5)

  • Football
  • Women’s Golf
  • Women’s Swimming & Diving
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Volleyball

1995-96 (5)

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving
  • Women’s Tennis

1996-97 (7)

  • Football
  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

1997-98 (7)

  • Baseball
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
  • Volleyball

1998-99 (4)

  • Men’s Golf
  • Soccer
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Volleyball

1999-00 (4)

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Men’s Tennis

2000-01 (5)

  • Volleyball
  • Soccer
  • Football
  • Men’s Basketball

* Women’s Tennis

2001-02 (4)

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Women’s Indoor Track
  • Women’s Swimming and Diving

2002-03 (5)

  • Volleyball
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Men’s Golf
  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

2003-04 (4)

  • Volleyball
  • Men’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Women’s Tennis

2004-05 (3)

  • Baseball
  • Men’s Tennis
  • Volleyball

2005-06 (2)

  • Volleyball
  • Women’s Tennis

2006-07 (6)

  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Women’s Tennis

2007-08 (5)

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Women’s Golf
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Softball

2008-09 (6)

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Women’s Swimming
  • Softball
  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

2009-10 (7)

  • Soccer
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Gymnastics
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Baseball
  • Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

2010-11 (8 + ALC = 9)

  • Soccer
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Men’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Lacrosse (American Lacrosse Conference)
  • Men’s Golf
  • Baseball

2011-12 (3 + ALC = 4)

  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse (American Lacrosse Conference)
  • Women’s Tennis

2012-13 (8+ ALC = 9)

  • Soccer
  • Women’s Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Women’s Tennis
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse (American Lacrosse Conference)

2013-14 (5+ ALC = 6)

  • Soccer
  • Men’s Swimming and Diving
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field
  • Lacrosse (American Lacrosse Conference)
  • Baseball
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