University of Florida director of athletics Jeremy Foley, who completed a remarkable rise from ticket office intern to the leader of one of the most successful college athletic departments in the country, has been named winner of the United States Sports Academy’s Carl Maddox Sports Management Award.
Foley has steered Florida’s emergence as one of the most successful — and profitable — athletic departments in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). In rough economic times, when the NCAA estimates that fewer than 25% of all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools made money in 2007-08, Florida’s $89 million athletic program is alive and well on and off the field of play.
Foley has been Florida’s director of athletics since 1992, and is the longest tenured AD in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Since he took over in Gainesville, Florida has won three national championships in football, back-to-back titles in basketball and 13 national titles in all. He is the only athletic director in Division I history to supervise a program that has won multiple national titles in football and men’s basketball.
Under Foley’s guidance Florida became the first program in collegiate history to own the football and men’s basketball national championships in the same calendar year (2006).
Florida athletes have also been impressive academically under Foley’s watch. Entering the 2008-09 season, Florida has had 72 Academic All-Americans, the fourth-highest among all Division I colleges since 1992. Florida student-athletes also give back to the community, with more than 3,000 hours of community service in 2008-09.
The Carl Maddox Sports Management 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 trustee member. It is given annually to an individual for his or her contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices. The individual should exhibit mastery of all the management functions, be well known in the sport arena, and have an abiding belief in the need for ethical behavior in sport management.