FSU names interim athletic director

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By: Ryan Kelly | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
August 22, 2018

David Coburn / Courtesy: FSU

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State University Chief of Staff David Coburn has been named Interim Athletic Director by President John Thrasher, according to a release from the university.

Coburn was appointed to the role after outgoing AD Stan Wilcox announced on Monday his intention to accept a job with the NCAA.

“I am grateful to David Coburn for taking on this additional role while we look for a new athletics director,” Thrasher says in the release. “I depend every day on his wisdom and good judgment, and I am confident athletics will be in good hands.”

Coburn is no stranger to Florida State, earning bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees from the university. He has served in the FSU administration since 2012, when he was hired by former president Eric Barron.

Coburn’s background is mostly political, serving as Staff Director of the Florida Senate Committee on Ways and Means prior to coming to FSU. According to the release, Coburn served as Chief of Staff of the House of Representatives under two different Speakers, and Chief of Staff of the Senate under Senate President Ken Pruitt. He was also Director of Planning and Budgeting for Gov. Lawton Chiles from 1992 to 1994.

“I am happy to help,” Coburn said in a statement. “I very much appreciate the confidence the president and Board of Trustees Chair Ed Burr have in me. There are a lot of great people in athletics, and I am looking forward to working with them.”

FSU has yet to share a timetable in which they hope to find a permanent replacement for Wilcox.

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