Duke's Wilcox named FSU athletics director

Aug. 07, 2013 @ 05:48 PM

 On the brink of a new football season, Duke is saying goodbye to someone who has played in a role in the Blue Devils’ recent improvement.

Stan Wilcox, Duke’s senior deputy director of athletics, was hired Wednesday by Florida State

as its new athletics director.

Florida State President Eric Barron made the announcement at a 5:15 p.m. news conference in Tallahassee, Fla.

"I am excited about the future of Florida State's athletics program under the direction of Stan," Barron said. "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 Wilcox, "I am thrilled and very thankful to President 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."

Working at Duke under athletics director Kevin White for the last five years, Wilcox’s duties including oversight of the football program. That included coordinating the football schedule. Last season, Duke made a bowl game for the first time in 18 years.

"Florida State," White said, "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."

A former Notre Dame basketball player who was part of a 1978 Final Four team with the Irish, Wilcox has administrative experience both and Duke and at Notre Dame. In addition, he was an associate commissioner of the Big East Conference for 11 years and was a legislative assistant at the NCAA from 1989-94.

“Stan is an excellent addition to the Florida State family," Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "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."

A native of North Babylon, N.Y., Wilcox earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1988. In Tallahassee, Fla., he’ll replace Randy Spetman, who was demoted to a senior advisory role last June.

“We could not be more excited for Stan to take his next step professionally at Florida State University," Duke football coach David Cutcliffe said. "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."