University of Florida Director of Athletics Jeremy Foley, a member of the Hobart Class of 1974, has done what no other athletics director in Division I history has done. His Gators are the reigning national champions in both men's basketball and football.
On Jan. 8, the Florida Gators routed top-ranked Ohio State 41-14 in the BCS Championship game to secure the football crown, nine months after the Gators won the basketball title with an impressive 73-57 victory over storied UCLA. Foley hired both Basketball Head Coach Billy Donovan and Football Head Coach Urban Meyer.
The 2006 Street & Smith's Business Journal Athletic Director of the Year, Foley told the publication in a June 2006 article, “Why not at Florida?” He posed the question about winning the national championship in basketball at a traditionally football crazy school, but Foley could just as easily have been talking about holding the two highest profile crowns in collegiate sports.
“I couldn't believe it in April; I can't believe it now,” Foley told the Associated Press following the football team's win. “I can't believe I can talk about it without jinxing us.”
A psychology major during his undergraduate years, Foley was a three-time letterman in football and a two-time letterman in lacrosse. He went on to earn a master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University.
In 1976, Foley began his professional career as an intern in the University of Florida ticket office. He worked in many different positions in the Gators' athletic department including ticket manager, director of game operations, assistant athletic director, associate athletic director for business affairs, and interim athletic director before being appointed as athletic director in 1992. The University of Florida Athletic Program is ranked as one of the top athletic programs in the nation, thanks in great part to a tireless effort by Foley.
Despite the high demand for his time, Foley finds time to volunteer with several local charities as well as his alma mater, which is nationally recognized for its commitment to service learning. He has returned to campus to speak to Hobart student-athletes as a part of the Napier Leadership Seminar and is a generous benefactor of the Colleges as well. Foley, along with former teammates Dr. Robert Raleigh '73 and James Kraus '74, made the lead gift that built the Raleigh-Foley-Kraus Varsity Strength Training Center.
A story highlighting Foley's successful career appeared in USA Today on Jan. 11, 2007. Read “Florida's AD wears many crowns”.
The St. Petersburg Times also had a story on Foley and his programs in the edition of Sunday, Jan. 14. Read Director of dominance