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Stan Wilcox was named FSU's eleventh full-time Athletics Director in August of 2013. In his first year at the helm, the Seminoles won a National Championship in football, finished second in the nation in women's soccer, advanced to the softball Women's College World Series and finished 12th in the Learfield Sports Athletic Director's Cup.
The 2013-14 year was a success both on and off the field for Wilcox and the Seminoles. Freshman football player Jameis Winston became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner in the history of the sport while pitcher Lacey Waldrop gained similar national recognition as the USA Softball Player of the Year. It was the first time since 2008 the Seminoles had two student-athletes named the best player in the nation in their respective sport. Sixty-five Seminoles earned All-America honors and six student-athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, as well.
There was also plenty of success on the conference level. Florida State won more ACC Championships (eight) last year than ever, eclipsing the previous high of five in 2011-12. Individual honors earned by FSU student-athletes during Wilcox's inaugural campaign include nine Seminoles named ACC Performer of the Year, 22 individual ACC Champions and two ACC Scholar Athletes of the Year.
Wilcox came to Florida State from Duke where he served as Senior Deputy Director of Athletics since 2008. During his time at Duke, Wilcox's duties included managing the day-to-day operation of the department and oversight of the football program. Other oversight responsibilities included Human Resources, Contracts, Legal Affairs, Athletics Training, Strength and Conditioning, Equipment, Campus Recreation, Physical Education, Marketing and Promotions, Ticketing, Digital Media, Sports Information and Video Operations. In addition, Wilcox was responsible for coordinating football scheduling.
Before arriving at Duke, Wilcox, a former basketball letterman at Notre Dame, spent three years as the deputy director of athletics at his alma mater. Prior to returning to South Bend in 2005, he served 11 years as an associate commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference.
While working at the BIG EAST Conference, Wilcox was the league's representative to the NCAA Management Council from 2000-05 and served on the Management Council subcommittees on incentives and disincentives, governance, nominations and the task force to review the NCAA's one-time transfer exception rule. His national compliance responsibilities extended to the NCAA recruiting task force and the basketball issues committee. His internal BIG EAST Conference duties included handling the league's NCAA governance, legislative, enforcement, compliance services and legal issues. In recognition of his outstanding service, he was awarded the 2001-02 National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators Outstanding Achievement Award.
Wilcox has spent considerable time during his career expanding opportunities for others. He helped to create the Minority Opportunity Athletics Association and subsequently served as a member of its Board, and from 2003 to 2005 he was President of the Black Coaches Association (BCA) where he also was a Board member for 11 years.
Before his tenure at the BIG EAST Conference, Wilcox worked as a legislative assistant at the NCAA from 1989-94. Prior to that, he worked as a senior court analyst for the Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1982-89. Following his graduation from Notre Dame in 1981 with a degree in economics, he spent one year as an account executive for Serres, Visones & Rice Insurance in New York, N.Y. and as a graduate assistant basketball coach at C.W. Post College.
A native of North Babylon, N.Y., Wilcox played in 100 career games on the hardwood for the Fighting Irish and was a member of Notre Dame's 1978 club that faced Duke in the NCAA Final Four in St. Louis, Mo. He helped the Irish to a four-year ledger of 92-26 with four NCAA Tournament berths. Wilcox went on to earn a juris doctor degree from the Brooklyn Law School in 1988 and is a member of the New York State Bar Association.
He is married to the former Ramona Harrell and has three daughters, Soraya, Yasmeen and Nadia, and Ramona has three sons, James, Brian and Charles.