Florida State Names Interim AD

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Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville)


FSU president John Thrasher announced on Wednesday that his chief of staff, David Coburn, will serve as the school's interim athletic director.

Coburn has bachelors, graduate and law degrees from FSU and came to the school after working in Florida state government.

He has been the chief of staff for the Florida Senate Ways and Means committee, the chief of staff for the Florida House under two speakers and was the director of planning and budgeting for Gov. Lawton Chiles from 1992-94.

"I am grateful to David Coburn for taking on this additional role while we look for a new athletics director," Thrasher said in a statement. "I depend every day on his wisdom and good judgment, and I am confident athletics will be in good hands."

Coburn was hired at FSU in 2012 by former president Eric Barron. He replaces Stan Wilcox, who left earlier this week to become the NCAA's executive vice president of regulatory affairs.

"I am happy to help," Coburn said in a statement. "I very much appreciate the confidence the president and Board of Trustees Chair Ed Burr have in me. There are a lot of great people in Athletics, and I am looking forward to working with them."

Burr said a firm timetable hasn't been set for hiring Wilcox's replacement. But Burr, a Jacksonville resident, said Thrasher is likely to move "as soon as possible," on naming the school's 14th athletic director - especially after a report that the school will hold a news conference on Sept. 2 to announce plans for a $100 million upgrade for athletic facilities.

"President Thrasher and I have talked and we think FSU will be seen as a great opportunity by the best athletic director candidates," Burr told the Times-Union.

As far as the type of person to inherit the job, Burr said, "it's too soon to tell."

"You want to move as fast as you can but these things tend to develop a timetable on their own," Burr said.

The new A.D. will have fundraising as a big part of his to-do list when taking over. The Tallahassee Democrat reported via social media earlier this week that the school will announce a $60 million stand-alone football facility, and up to $40 million in improvements for other sports.

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