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Athletics Director Jeremy Foley

Jeremy FoleyJeremy N. Foley, who has handled virtually every aspect of the University of Florida’s $100.5 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 third-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 list includes two major expansions of the football stadium, a multipurpose athletic field house, new facilities for gymnastics, tennis, track & field, soccer, baseball, golf, softball, swimming and lacrosse. Foley also played a role in the academic advising center on the University of Florida campus, which serves UF students and Gator student-athletes and assisted in funding the renovation of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The James W. “Bill” Heavener Football Complex, 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.

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 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 $73.9 million in the last 23 years 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 30-straight years (1983-84 – 2012-13) and among the top five for 16 times in the of the last 23 years, according to national all-sport rankings.

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, 22 Gator teams have been crowned national champions under his watch. Florida has won a league-best 13 national championships since 2006, including at least one national championship in each of the last four years.

The 2012-13 athletics year was yet another highly successful year for the Gators with national titles in women’s gymnastics and men’s outdoor track and field, along with a record nine conference titles, including eight in the SEC. Overall, 12 programs finished in the top 10 and Florida finished second in the national all-sports rankings, matching the best finish in school history (UF finished tied for second in 1997-98, 2009-10 and 2011-12). Florida has finished in the top three of those rankings in four of the past five years. Florida also won the men’s Capital One Cup two years in a row (2010-11, 2011-12), while the women’s program finished among the top 10 both years.

Florida’s eight SEC titles in 2012-13 matched the league record. UF has now won a total of 213 SEC titles since the league began in 1932, with 114 of those SEC titles coming under Foley’s watch. In addition, the lacrosse team won the American Lacrosse Conference regular season title for the third-consecutive year. Florida swept the Halifax Media Group Southeastern Conference All-Sports Titles for the 13th time. The Gators had 10 athletes named the conference performer of the year and four freshmen earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

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 23 years and have captured 21 national titles. In 2012-13, Florida had an amazing 10 coaches earn conference Coach of the Year honors.

UF’s commitment in the classroom is equally impressive. Under Foley, UF student-athletes have been honored 95 times as Academic All-Americans.

Gator student athletes, coaches and administrators have also been a fixture in the community, taking part in a variety of community related endeavors. Florida student athletes remained involved in the community and beyond. A total of 324 UF student athletes have participated in 2,864 hours of community service in 2012-13, partnering with 24 schools, four civic organizations and 27 non-profit organizations. 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.

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.

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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) and 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
2000-02 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

 

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 (10.03) 1st (10.2) 1st (9.9)
2011-12 1st (9.50) 1st (10.0) 1st (9.78)
2012-13 1st 1st 1st

 

Florida NCAA Team Championships Under Foley (22)
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 2010
Women’s Swimming & Diving 2010
Men's Indoor Track 2011
Women's Tennis 2011
Men’s Indoor Track 2012
Men’s Outdoor Track 2012
Women’s Tennis 2012
Gymnastics 2013
Men’s Outdoor Track 2013

 

Florida SEC Championships Under Foley (118)

  • 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 85.
  • 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 and Field
    • Women's Tennis
    • Women's Outdoor Track and Field
    • Women's Cross Country
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball
  • 1997-98 (7)
    • Baseball
    • Women's Cross Country
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Women's Tennis
    • Women's Outdoor Track and 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 and Field
  • 2003-04 (4)
    • Volleyball
    • Men's Indoor Track and Field
    • Women's Indoor Track and 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 and Field
  • 2009-10 (7)
    • Soccer
    • Women’s Cross Country
    • Women’s Indoor Track and Field
    • Gymnastics
    • Women’s Tennis
    • Baseball
    • Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
  • 2010-11 (8)
    • Soccer
    • Women's Cross Country
    • Volleyball
    • Men's Indoor Track & Field
    • Men's Basketball
    • Men's Golf
    • Baseball
    • Women's Tennis
  • 2011-12 (3)
    • Women's Indoor Track & Field
    • Gymnastics
    • Women's Tennis
  • 2012-13 (8)
    • Men's Basketball
    • Women’s Cross Country
    • Gymnastics
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Men's Swimming and Diving
    • Women's Tennis
    • Volleyball
  • 2013-14 (3)
    • Soccer
    • Men’s Swimming and Diving
    • Men’s Basketball
    • Women’s Indoor Track & Field
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