Kellie Elliott is in her second year as the Deputy Director of Athletics / Senior Woman Administrator at Florida State. She has more than 23 years of diverse and comprehensive leadership experience at the professional, collegiate and Olympic sports level. She came to Tallahassee from San Jose State University, where she held the same title and served as the chief operating officer responsible for all financial, administrative and operational elements of the Spartans’ athletics department from 2005-08.
In her current duties at Florida State she directs all external services. She provides administrative oversight for units including development, marketing, ticket operations, Seminole Productions, communication services, video operations, sports information, promotions and digital media. She also has contract oversight of ISP who serves as the sponsorship arm of Seminole Athletics. In addition her duties include managing all broadcast, media rights and internet partnerships. She serves as the sport supervisor for men’s and women’s basketball programs and has had the responsibility for recruiting and hiring head coaching positions. In the spring of 2010 she will serve as Tournament Director for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship 1st & 2nd Rounds to be held in Tallahassee.
As the department’s senior woman administrator her role oversees the Student-Athlete services department which includes the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Title IX Compliance. She is a member of the ACC Council and serves on various ACC committees. Her NCAA work includes championship administration for men’s and women’s basketball as well as being an NCAA site representative for volleyball. In the fall of 2009 she begins a three year term with the NCAA Olympic Liaison Committee.
At San Jose State Elliott coordinated all departmental operations, supervised nine Spartan teams and hired several head coaches. She also had a key financial role with football, including negotiating all football contracts and scheduling. She successfully directed several capital improvement projects for football, academic services, volleyball and gymnastics. Her administrative oversight included marketing, ticket operations, finance, sports information, facility and event management, strength and conditioning and sports medicine and she served as the department point person for all human resource matters. Elliott also served as the Tournament Director for the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship San Jose Regional, hosted by San Jose State. She also served as the chairperson for the university Gender Equity Committee appointed by the president.
Prior to joining the Spartan athletics department, Elliott worked in a number of managerial and leadership roles at Stanford University, her alma mater. As Project Manager in the department of athletics from 2004 to 2005, Elliott secured a $30 million contribution for new football stadium construction and directed the transition to launch the reopening of a renovated Maples Pavilion, Stanford’s basketball and volleyball venue. Elliott also worked as a Project Manager for the Board of Trustees (2003-04), as a Program Director for the Alumni Association (1987-89; 1992-95) and as the Director of Football Operations (1989-92) at Stanford.
From 2001-03, Elliott’s professional path took her in a different direction as she was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Huntsville Flight – a charter member of the NBA’s National Basketball Development League. Her marketing and business acumen led to the Flight being a model franchise for the NBA, generating nearly $600,000 in corporate sponsorship and leading the league in attendance with 6,572 fans per game average in a venue that held 7,000. The official spokesperson for all media contact and press conferences, Elliott also mentored athletes for professional development, public speaking, media appearances and community volunteerism.
Elliott’s leadership and organizational skills were vital in the success of the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games held in the United States. She was a regional operations manager for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Committee and a senior general manager for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Committee. At Salt Lake City, she was responsible for operational planning and construction at six of the 10 competition venues.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. She is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute, serves on numerous boards and is an active member of NACDA, and MOAA and NACWAA.
Elliott and her husband, Steve reside in Tallahassee.