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Scott Stricklin

Athletic Director
University of Florida

Scott Stricklin
Director of Athletics
University of Florida 
Hired on Nov. 1, 2016, Scott Stricklin finished his first eight months as the Athletic Director at the University of Florida becoming acclimated with the University Athletic Association (UAA) and UF staff, student-athletes, coaches and fans. 

Continuing to focus on the UAA’s Mission of providing a Championship Experience with Integrity, Stricklin and the staff delivered a $128.2 million budget for 2017-18 to the UAA board in June. That budget provides resources for Gator student athletes and fans to pursue that championship experience. 

Three Gator teams delivered NCAA Championships this past year - women's tennis, men's outdoor track & field and baseball.  The Gators have now won a national championship in nine straight years and have 39 in school history. UF is one of four schools to win at least one national championship in each of the last nine years and has 18 titles during that time.

Overall, 13 Gator athletic teams finished in the top 10 in the nation in 2016-17 and 10 finished in the top five. Florida finished third in the 2017-18 Learfield Directors Cup, marking the ninth-straight Gator top-five finish and the 34th straight year the Gators have finished in the top 10. UF the only school in the nation to finish in the top 10 in each year of that period. 

Florida also won six conference titles in the past year and also won the SEC All-Sports Trophy for the 27th time, including a sweep of the men’s, women’s and overall title for the 16th time. No other league school has accomplished that feat off once.

Off the field, four teams scored in the top 10 percent nationally in the Academic Progress Rates, including women’s golf and men’s and women’s tennis with a perfect 1,000. 

Stricklin and the staff continue to implement the $100 million Master Facility Plan that was unveiled just prior to his hire. Design work continues on the standalone football complex, the planned $60 million project that will house the football team’s daily operations. In addition, the project includes a new dining hall that will service all 500-plus Gator student-athletes. Upgrades to Katie Seashole Presley Stadium (softball) and McKethan Stadium (baseball) are also front and center that will enhance the fan and student-athlete experience at those venues. 

Stricklin made numerous public appearances in his first eight months, connecting with Gator fans personally and was very active on social media with a twitter following of 58,000-plus. He also supported a new social media initiative to engage Gator fans all across the world. #WeChomp was unveiled in May with the goal for Gators everywhere to showcase their love of the Orange & Blue and post those experiences on Chompstories.com.

Stricklin came to Florida with 29-plus years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, including six as athletic director at his alma mater, Mississippi State University. 

Stricklin, 47, 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, when she played tennis at Abilene Christian. The couple has two daughters, Abby and Sophie.