The SEC has had it’s fair share of legends as both players and coaches, but there might be even fewer remembered for their days as athletic directors. Former Florida AD Jeremy Foley would be the exception to the rule considering his lengthy tenure and the insane amount of championships he was responsible for at the school.
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Plenty of fans were sad when he retired last season and was replaced by former Mississippi State AD Scott Stricklin. However, it looks like Foley will be back on campus, just not in the athletics offices. Per a release from UF, Foley will come back to Gainesville as a Professor of Practice in Sport Leadership beginning in Fall 2017.
He definitely knows a thing or two about leadership in sports considering he hired championship-winning coaches like Urban Meyer (football), Billy Donovan (basketball), Rhonda Faehn (gymnastics), Becky Burleigh (soccer) and Tim Walton (softball) as well as several other coaches who won conference titles.
Here’s more from the release on what he will be doing within the department:
As part of his position as Professor of Practice, Foley will provide several lectures to undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of courses and will also teach a seminar annually on Leading People and Organizations in Athletics.
Foley served as the athletic director at Florida from 1992 until 2016 and it looks like he will be at the university for much longer.