Tallahassee, FL - Stan Wilcox called this job "the one." The new athletics director was making his first impression among faculty, staff and media members. He expected the opportunity to come.
"I knew that my background of being at various levels of collegiate athletcs, I knew that was a strength that I had," said Wilcox, a native of North Babylon, New York.
Wilcox was senior deputy athletics director at Duke since 2008. Prior to that, he served in the same capacity at his alma mater, Notre Dame, for three years. He was the associate commissioner of the Big East Conference for 11 years and even spent five years as a legislative assistant with the NCAA.
Florida State President Dr. Eric Barron personally made calls to Wilcox's references.
"What I heard convinced me that the sense of that group and my own sense that we had a great person," Barron said.
Wilcox says the deal if for five years, but terms are still being ironed out.
"When you look at his experience and where he's been and what he's accomplished, it's very difficult to find all those sets of successful experience in any one individual," said Leonard Hamilton, head coach of the FSU men's basketball team.
When asked what it will be like when FSU faces his former school, Notre Dame, he responded by humming the war chant.
"I hope that answers your question," he said.
Press Release: FSU Athletics
Tallahassee, FL - Florida State University announced today the appointment of Stan Wilcox, senior deputy athletics director at Duke University, as the institution’s new Director of Athletics, following a national search.
Wilcox will be formally introduced during a news conference today at 5:15 p.m. at the Team Room at the Moore Athletic Center (Building D, 403 Stadium Dr. West, 32306).
Florida State University President Eric J. Barron cited Wilcox’s remarkable depth of expertise in the oversight of athletics programs, business acumen, understanding of marketing, NCAA compliance, and experience in strategic fundraising initiatives as well as his track record of student athlete academic success as the reasons for the selection.
“I am excited about the future of Florida State’s athletics program under the direction of Stan. His exceptional portfolio of strategic planning and fundraising experience and his reputation as a motivator, effective communicator and facilitator, as well as a commitment to the education of our student athletes made Stan a clear choice,” said Pres. Barron.
Wilcox, who holds a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and a bachelor of arts in economics from University of Notre Dame, will plan and direct the overall administrative and operational activities of intercollegiate athletics for Florida State. The nationally acclaimed 20-sport athletic program has a budget of $75.2 million. As part of his duties Wilcox will ensure compliance with NCAA, Atlantic Coast Conference, and university rules and regulations.
“I am thrilled and very thankful to Pres. Barron for affording me this great honor. I have followed Florida State athletics from afar and through the ACC Conference; and have always been a big fan of FSU’s student athletes on the field and in the classroom,” said Wilcox. “I look forward to continuing in the great tradition of previous Florida State athletic directors as well as addressing the challenges and opportunities that this outstanding athletics program will hold. Go ’Noles!”
Prior to his role at Duke, Wilcox served as deputy athletic director at his alma mater, Notre Dame, from 2005 to 2008, where he supervised 11 programs ranging from strategic planning initiatives to football to women’s soccer. He also served as associate commissioner of the Big East Conference from 1994 to 2005, providing leadership and conference oversight for NCAA governance. Following completion of law school, Wilcox worked as a legislative assistant with the NCAA from 1989 to 1984.
Vanessa Fuchs, senior associate athletics director, has been serving as interim director following the transition of Randy Spetman, who had served as athletic director since 2007. “Florida State University is appreciative of Vanessa’s leadership during the transition,” said Pres. Barron.
Florida State’s athletic program has finished among the Top 15 in each of the last seven years in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, which measures overall program excellence. FSU won six ACC regular season or tournament championships in 2012-13 including football and all but one sport advanced to NCAA postseason competition. In total, 31 FSU student-athletes were named All-Americans last year and five Seminoles were named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their sports.
Stan Wilcox Biography
Stan Wilcox currently serves as Senior Deputy Director of Athletics at Duke University since 2008.
Before arriving at Duke, Wilcox, a former basketball letterman at Notre Dame, spent three years as the deputy director of athletics at his alma mater. Prior to returning to South Bend in 2005, he served 11 years as an associate commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference.
At Duke, Wilcox’s duties include managing the day-to-day operation of the department and oversight of the football program. Other areas within athletics he oversees are Human Resources and External Operations that include Marketing and Promotions, Ticketing, Digital Media, Sports Information and Video Operations. In addition, Wilcox is responsible for coordinating football scheduling.
While working at the BIG EAST Conference, Wilcox was the league’s representative to the NCAA Management Council from 2000-05 and served on the Management Council subcommittees on incentives and disincentives, governance, nominations and the task force to review the NCAA’s one-time transfer exception rule. Also, he spent time on the NCAA recruiting task force and the basketball issues committee. For the BIG EAST, Wilcox, who in 2001-02 received the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators Outstanding Achievement Award, was responsible for the league’s NCAA governance, legislative, enforcement and compliance services.
Additionally, Wilcox helped create the Minority Opportunity Athletics Association (MOAA) and is a former board member of MOAA. Wilcox is also a past president of the Black Coaches Association (BCA), having held the post from June, 2003 to June, 2005. Overall, he served 11 years on the BCA’s Board of Directors.
Before his tenure at the BIG EAST Conference, Wilcox worked as a legislative assistant at the NCAA from 1989-94. Prior to that, he worked as a senior court analyst for the King County Supreme Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1982-89. Following his graduation from Notre Dame in 1981 with a degree in economics, he spent one year as an account executive for Serres, Visones & Rice Insurance in New York, N.Y.
A native of North Babylon, N.Y., Wilcox played in 100 career games on the hardwood for the Fighting Irish and was a member of Notre Dame’s 1978 club that faced Duke in the NCAA Final Four in St. Louis, Mo. He helped the Irish to a four-year ledger of 92-26 with four NCAA Tournament berths. Wilcox went on to earn a juris doctor degree from the Brooklyn Law School in 1988 and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
He is married to the former Ramona Harrell. Stan has three daughters, Soraya, Yasmeen and Nadia, and Ramona has three sons, James, Brian and Charles.
Quotes on Stan Wilcox
"Stan is a quality person and an excellent administrator with a wealth of experiences in college sports. In my opinion, Florida State has made an outstanding choice. It will be great to have him join the ranks of ACC Athletic Directors and lead FSU athletics."
– John Swofford, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner
“I’m looking forward to meeting Stan and welcoming him to the Seminole family, said head football coach Jimbo Fisher. “I’m looking forward to us working together and continuing to build the great tradition of Florida State football.”
– Jimbo Fisher, Florida State University Head Football Coach
“I have watched Stan Wilcox perform at such an efficient level during his career and I knew that at some point he would have his own program to run.
I saw him grow as associate commissioner for football in the Big East when I was at Miami and then watched him excel as an associate athletics director at Duke since I have been at Florida State. I can’t think of a more qualified person to take over our program at this important time for both Florida State and the new ACC. With the growth of the ACC, it has the potential to become the greatest conference in the history of college athletics. We are very fortunate to have a person of Stan Wilcox’s character and experience taking over our program.”
– Leonard Hamilton, Florida State University Head Men’s Basketball Coach
NOTE: FSU Women’s Basketball Coach Sue Semrau is currently traveling with the team in Senegal and could not be reached for quotes.
“Florida State is gaining a highly seasoned professional in Stan Wilcox, who has an outstanding track record, ‘moving the needle’ at every turn. A truly gifted and well-respected leader, Stan has the distinct ability, relationship skills, and industry knowledge to be the ‘clubhouse leader’ within all of college athletics. Personally speaking, I could not be more euphoric for Stan, Ramona, and their very special family, for this is a magical moment for both the Wilcox family and Florida State University.”
– Kevin M. White, Duke University Vice President and Director of Athletics
“Over the past five and half years Stan and I have worked through many issues concerning intercollegiate athletics. I have a great deal of respect for his insight,
wisdom and demeanor which makes him an excellent decision maker. The staff and student athletes at FSU will truly benefit in the coming years under Stan's leadership.”
– Jacki Silar, Duke University Senior Associate Director of Athletics/Student-Athlete Welfare/Senior Woman Administrator
“Stan is an excellent addition to the Florida State family. He is highly respected – at all levels – within Duke University and beyond. From a coach’s perspective, he will be an athletics director who will provide the support, leadership and passion to create a culture of excellence. In all instances in which Stan and I collaborated, he handled them professionally, ethically and responsibly. Most importantly, all generated terrific outcomes. Florida State is gaining a tremendous asset by adding the Wilcox family to their own.”
– Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University and USA National Team Men’s Basketball Head Coach
“We could not be more excited for Stan to take his next step professionally at Florida State University. In my 30-plus years in college athletics, I have never been associated with a person with more integrity or reliability; he will be a terrific ambassador for Florida State and the Tallahassee community. We certainly thank him for his time and effort spent in helping our football program reach new heights both academically and athletically, and wish him, Ramona and their family the best of luck going forward.”
– David Cutcliffe, Duke University Head Football Coach