John Lata is in his twelfth year as a member of the Student Services staff in the Florida State University Department of Athletics, assisting student-athletes with financial aid, community service, counseling, leadership and career development issues. He also serves as the administrative sport oversight for the nationally prominent Florida State baseball team.
Lata spent three years in the Compliance office at Florida State prior to joining the Student Services office. He has taught courses at FSU in sport management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also taught classes in career planning and First Year Experience courses. He currently teaches sport history.
Lata is an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University teaching graduate level courses in sport law, sport ethics, sport marketing and athletic administration.
Lata currently serves as an administrative panel member on university-wide Student Rights and Responsibilities cases. He also served on the Seminole Booster Stewardship Council, was a Board member of the non-profit Dick Howser Center for developmentally challenged children and very recently served as the Honorary Chairperson for the FSU Relay for Life. In 2007 he received the Partners with a Purpose award from FSU for outstanding service to the University and the Division of Student Affairs.
Lata received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas and completed his Ph.D. in sport administration from Florida State University in 2006.
Lata is the father of three grown boys, Brenden, Jeff and JT.