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Scott Stricklin (athletic director)

Scott Stricklin is an American college athletics administrator. He is currently the athletic director for the University of Florida, a position he had held since 2016. Before being hired by Florida, Stricklin served in various capacities in intercollegiate athletics at several different schools, most notably as athletic director at his alma mater, Mississippi State University, from 2010 to 2016.[2]

Scott Stricklin
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Current position
TitleAthletic director
Annual salaryUS$1.076 million[1]
Biographical details
Born (1970-05-08) May 8, 1970 (age 49)
Jackson, Mississippi
Alma materMississippi State University (1992)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1990–1992Mississippi State (student asst. media relations)
1993–1998Mississippi State (asst. media relations)
1993–1998Auburn (assoc. media relations)
1998Tulane (assist. AD)
1999–2003Baylor (assist. AD)
2003–2008Kentucky (assoc. AD)
2008–2010Mississippi State (senior assoc. AD)
2010–2016Mississippi State

Early life, education and careerEdit

Stricklin is from Jackson, Mississippi. He attended Jackson Preparatory School [3] in Flowood, Mississippi and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Mississippi State University in 1992.[2] After working as a student assistant in the media relations office of Mississippi State, where he served three years as the baseball media contact, Stricklin was named assistant media relations director following his graduation. Following a year at Mississippi State, Stricklin was named associate media relations director at Auburn, where he served as the baseball contact from 1993 to 1998. In 1998, he took over the top media relations post at Tulane and coordinated media for the 12–0 Green Wave football team that season. A four-year stint at Baylor (1999–2003) as Assistant AD for Communications and Marketing followed, before Stricklin returned to the Southeastern Conference as the Associate AD for Media Relations at Kentucky. Stricklin returned to Mississippi State in 2008 as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs, overseeing fundraising efforts among many responsibilities.

Athletic director careerEdit

Mississippi StateEdit

Stricklin was named Director of Athletics of Mississippi State University in 2010.[4] Under Stricklin's tenure, MSU Athletics achieved its highest-ever Learfield Director’s Cup finish (44th in 2015–16). Stricklin, who was named Under Armour’s Athletics Director of the Year in April 2016, oversaw record fundraising for Mississippi State, which has produced new facilities such as the $11.7 million Mize Pavilion at Humphrey Coliseum, the $25 million Leo W. Seal Jr. Football Complex, as well as $75 million in expansion and upgrades to Davis Wade Stadium that were completed prior to the start of the 2014 campaign.


On November 1, 2016, Stricklin was hired as the University of Florida's director of athletics.[5] Less than one year in his tenure as director of athletics, Stricklin and head football coach Jim McElwain mutually agreed to have McElwain resign as Florida's head coach.[6]

One of Stricklin's responsibilities as the University of Florida's athletic director is to act as chief financial officer (CFO) for the University Athletic Association.[5]

On November 26, 2017, Stricklin hired Dan Mullen as head coach of the University of Florida football team. Mullen was head football coach at Mississippi State during Stricklin's tenure as athletic director at Mississippi State. [7]

Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff (CFP) announced Scott Stricklin was appointed to the selection committee by the CFP Management Committee. Stricklin will serve a three-year term beginning in the spring of 2018.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

Stricklin is married to the former Anne Howell, the youngest daughter of Basketball Hall of Fame member Bailey Howell. The couple has two daughters.[2]


  1. ^ "New Florida AD Scott Stricklin details his decision and process in joining the Gators". 27 September 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
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  3. ^ "Alumni - Honored Alumni - Jackson Preparatory School". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
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  5. ^ a b "Staff Directory - Florida Gators". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Florida fires head coach Jim McElwain". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Florida hires Miss. State's Mullen as coach". Retrieved 29 December 2017.
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