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Gators Athletic Director Jeremy Foley announces retirement

University of Florida Atletic Director Jeremy Foley
University of Florida Atletic Director Jeremy Foley

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Longtime Florida Gators Athletic Director Jeremy Foley announced his retirement on Monday.

It will go into effect on October 1.

Foley will remain at UF as Emeritus Athletics Director per his current contract agreement, according to the Gators.

63-year-old Foley informed his administrative staff and Florida's head coaches Monday morning, after 40 years at the University Athletic Association.

"You always want to leave an organization in good shape,'' Foley said Friday morning. "Right now, we obviously have a great group of coaches, we have had a good year and we've got things moving in the right direction. I just think that makes it a good time to transition."

Foley arrived at the University of Florida in 1976. He began his career as an intern in the ticket office and worked his way up to Athletic Director in 1992.

Under Foley's leadership, the Gators won 27 national titles in 13 different sports.

Foley also is the only AD in Division I history to lead a program that won multiple national championships in football (1996, 2006, 2008) and men's basketball (2006, 2007).

The Gators said Foley wanted to make his plans official prior to UAA Board and UAA Booster meetings this week that will focus on the organization's future.

"I want to do what's right for Florida,'' Foley said. "That's why I have spent a lot of time thinking it through. And I want to make sure everyone understands this is my decision. I'm not sick; I'm not dissatisfied; I'm not getting pushed. It happens to all of us. The time comes."

UF President Kent Fuchs said he respects the job Foley has done in building the UF athletic program.

"Jeremy's amazing accomplishments as athletics director are well known, and the university is very grateful to him for the national championships, a winning sports program that is highly ranked year after year, and the growth of women's sports,'' Fuchs said. "Jeremy also has a well-deserved reputation for recruiting the nation's most talented coaches and building an athletic association that is recognized as among the very best in the country."

The Gators said don't expect Foley to disappear after his retirement October 1.

His priority is to complete multiple facility projects currently planned as part of the UAA's master facility plan, the Gators said.

Those projects include the renovation of the O'Connell Center and building of the $25 million Hawkins Center for academics, which is scheduled to open later this month.

"I want to get some of the facility planning off the ground because I've looked some coaches in the eye and told them we are going to do some things. I'm not going to back out on my word on that,'' Foley said. "I feel really good about that."

Foley said he grew up wanting to do this and he's not putting his feet up.

"I still have some work to do for this organization. I think because the organization is in such good shape in terms of people and coaches and achievement, now is the perfect time," Foley said.