Scott Stricklin is the Athletic Director at the University of Florida.
He brings 28-plus years of experience in intercollegiate athletics to Gainesville, including the past six as athletic director at his alma mater, Mississippi State University. The Jackson, Miss., native, who has spent 23-plus years in the Southeastern Conference, spearheaded over $140 million in facility improvements while leading MSU, as well as significant increases in booster club membership and donations and the highest-ever Learfield Director’s Cup finish in school history. MSU’s student-athletes have also excelled academically under Stricklin’s leadership, posting a combined 3.0 GPA in 2014-15, marking the highest in MSU’s history.
Stricklin has earned praise for his performance, earning the 2015-16 Athletic Director of the Year Award from the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which highlights the efforts of athletic directors at all levels.
A forward-thinking national and regional leader in the field of athletics administration, Stricklin serves as chair of the SEC’s Working Group on Fan Experience and has served as the SEC’s representative on the NCAA Division I Leadership Council. Stricklin is also known for his accessibility and interaction with fans on social media, particularly with his 55,000-plus followers on Twitter.
Stricklin’s career path has traveled through five other Division I institutions, including three other Southeastern Conference schools, before UF.
Even prior to his graduation from MSU in 1992, Stricklin served as the media relations contact for the Bulldogs’ baseball team. After staying on at his alma mater for a year in a full-time capacity following graduation, Stricklin moved on to Auburn University, where he was named associate media relations director, a position he held from 1993-98.
He then moved on to Tulane to become an assistant athletic director and the primary media contact for the Green Wave’s football team before a four-year stint at Baylor from 1999-2003 as the Assistant AD for Communications and Marketing.
Stricklin then returned to the SEC, working at Associate AD for Media Relations at Kentucky from 2003-08, overseeing day-to-day publicity of Wildcat basketball. He returned to MSU in 2008 as Senior Associate Athletic Director for External Affairs, overseeing fundraising, football and men’s basketball scheduling, managing MSU’s apparel agreement, facility planning and serving as the administrative sport liaison for men’s basketball and softball.
After two years in that position, he was named the Bulldogs’ AD following Greg Byrne’s departure to the University of Arizona.
Stricklin, 46, is married to the former Anne Howell, the youngest daughter of Basketball Hall of Fame member Bailey Howell. She was a three-time All-Lone Star Conference team member, both for athletics and academics, when she played tennis at Abilene Christian. The couple has two daughters, Abby and Sophie.