San Diego State University

John David Wicker
Director of Athletics

John David Wicker

John David Wicker was introduced as San Diego State University’s new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on Oct. 24, 2016.

Wicker was SDSU’s Deputy Athletic Director from 2011 until leaving for Georgia Tech in July 2015. During his first term at SDSU, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Aztecs athletics department, overseeing business operations, human resources, events and facilities, capital projects, strength and conditioning, academics, video and sport oversight for football, rowing, and men’s and women’s basketball.

Prior to his time at SDSU, he was the Associate Athletic Director for Event and Facility Operations at Washington State from 2001-11. While at Washington State, he was responsible for event planning and game day responsibilities for all home athletic events, conference tournaments and NCAA championships, day-to-day oversight and operations of all athletic facilities, and the liaison for the athletic department on capital projects.

From 1999 to 2001 Wicker served as Director of Event and Facility Operations at Southern Miss. At USM, he oversaw regular season and championship event operations, coordinated day-to-day maintenance of facilities, and was the liaison to the university on all capital projects. He also oversaw the design and initial construction of USM’s $11 million Athletic Center, which houses administrative and coaching offices, football locker room, weight room and training area.

Wicker also spent three years at Georgia from (1996-99), where he also worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in preparation for the 1996 Summer Olympics as the venue logistics manager for Sanford Stadium, home to the medal rounds for men’s and women’s soccer.

Wicker took over an athletic department that has enjoyed great success in recent years. The football team, which has posted three consecutive 10-win seasons, made its ninth consecutive bowl game appearance in 2018. Men’s basketball has been to the postseason in 12 out of the last 14 years. Teams, from women’s track and field to men’s and women’s golf, to baseball and softball, have combined for 41 team conference championships since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

Wicker graduated from Mississippi State in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in professional accountancy. He received his master’s degree in education with an emphasis in sports management from Georgia in 1997.

Wicker, who currently serves on the Executive Committee of the San Diego Sports Association, as well as on the Board of Directors for the San Diego Food Bank, resides in Santee, Calif., with and his wife Rachel and daughters Scarlett Anne and Waverly Lile.