The search for Florida State‘s next Athletic Director has reached its conclusion. Former Duke University Senior Deputy Director of Athletics Stan Wilcox has been hired as the next AD at FSU, replacing Randy Spetman.
Wilcox joined the staff at Duke University in 2008. Prior to joining the Duke staff, Wilcox served the same position for three years at Notre Dame, his alma mater. Wilcox also has 11 years of experience as an associate commissioner in the Big East. In 2001-02, Wilcox was the recipient of the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators Outstanding Achievement Award.
Wilcox is a New York native who played in 100 career games for the Fighting Irish basketball program. Wilcox earned a degree in Economics from Notre Dame, graduating in 1981. Following his graduation from Notre Dame, Wilcox went on to earn a juris doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1988.
Wilcox fits the mold that both Florida State and its fans wanted. He has experience overseeing football, promoting and, most important of all, fundraising. That will be key, as Florida State has a lot of room to benefit from boosters. For a program of its caliber, Florida State should be benefiting a lot more from its boosters.
Another key factor will be scheduling. One factor that lead to Spetman being relieved of his duties was his inability to effectively schedule opponents, especially in football, the biggest money maker of all.
Patrick Mahoney covers the Florida State Seminoles and the ACC for Rant Sports. You can follow him on twitter @PatrickRantFSU