Jeremy Foley,63, Florida’s athletic director is stepping down. He has been their athletic director for 25 years.
“After a long period of thought and consideration, I have made a decision to retire as the Athletics Director effective October 1, 2016,” Foley said in a statement through the school. “As difficult as a decision it has been to make, I know the time is right.
He started working for the university as an intern in 1976. Foley then took over for Bill Arnsparger in 1992. He will stay on as the emeritus athletic director. This is mainly because the university has several projects to complete that has already begun.
Foley is the second-longest tenured athletic director in the country.
27 Gators teams were crowned national champions, which is tied for the most among sitting athletic directors. Foley is also the only athletic director in Division I history to supervise a program that won multiple national titles in football and men’s basketball. The Gators claimed the SEC All-Sports Trophy in 24 of Foley’s 25 years.
Florida has won a national championship in each of the past seven years and captured 14 national team titles since 2009, the highest total in the country.
Foley plans to consult on the search for a new athletic director but won’t select he/she.