April 4, 2008
Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman has been working toward completing his executive staff and moves a step closer with the hiring of Kellie Elliott as Deputy Director of Athletics and Senior Women’s Administrator. Elliott will come to Florida State from San Jose State University, where she held the same position and has served as the chief operating officer responsible for all financial, administrative and operational elements of the Spartans’ athletics department since 2005. She will bring with her more than 22 years of diverse and comprehensive leadership experience at the professional, collegiate and Olympic sports level.
“We are very fortunate that Kellie has agreed to become part of the Seminole family,” Spetman said. “Her vast experience in athletics at all levels speaks for itself. She will be a great addition to our staff.”
While coordinating the daily administrative operations at San Jose State, Elliott supervised nine Spartan teams, with special emphasis on men’s and women’s basketball, and had a key financial role with football, including negotiating all football contracts and scheduling. She also had daily management of marketing, ticket operations, finance, sports information, facility and event management, strength and conditioning and sports medicine and was the department point person for all human resources matters. She also served as the Tournament Director for the 2007 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship San Jose Regional, hosted by San Jose State. As the Senior Women’s Administrator, Elliott’s responsibilities included ensuring the department’s compliance within Title IX. 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) for 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. 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. Her team of workers in Atlanta was voted “Best Operational Management Team” by the senior directors of the Olympic committee. At Salt Lake City, she was responsible for operational planning and implementation at six of the 10 competition venues.
As director of Guest Services for HP Pavilion and the San Jose Sharks from 1997-99, Elliott budgeted, staffed and executed over 180 events per year including NBA, NHL and NCAA games and concerts.
Elliott will assume her new position at Florida State on April 25th.