(Updated July 6, 2018)
Stan Wilcox was named FSU’s 11th full-time Director of Athletics in August of 2013 and promoted to Vice President in July of 2016. In his five years on the job the Seminoles won the school’s third football National Championship in 2013, the University’s first-ever soccer National Championship in 2014 and the school’s first-ever NCAA title in softball this past spring. Also, the athletic department has recorded four top 15 finishes in the Learfield Sports Athletic Director’s Cup, including a top 10 finish this past year despite fielding fewer sports than almost any other school in the top 25 of the standings.
Wilcox has been at the helm during a span that is one of the most successful in the history of Seminole athletics. FSU has claimed 17 ACC Coach of the Year honors in the last four years and won 24 conference titles. During Wilcox’s tenure there have been 30 ACC Player of the Year honors awarded to Seminoles and FSU student-athletes have received more than 200 All-America first-team honors. Add to that a Heisman Trophy winner and 17 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. In 2017-18 one of Wilcox’s major goals was achieved as the student-athlete population posted a cumulative 3.0 GPA for the year. The arc of the program under his direction is apparent with unprecedented success in the classroom combined with a top 10 overall athletic program.
Facilities upgrades have also been a major focus since Wilcox arrived in Tallahassee. During his tenure the Tucker Center, home to FSU’s men’s and women’s basketball programs, has been completely transformed with new seating, state-of-the-art scoreboards and numerous infrastructure improvements. The arena underwent another $10 million worth of renovations, which included new locker rooms, player lounges, training rooms and auxiliary areas.
In just the past few years, the Seminole football offices, locker rooms, common areas, meeting rooms, coaches’ locker rooms and players’ lounge areas have all been significantly renovated or newly constructed, the Champions Club was built in the south endzone and new scoreboards and ribbon boards were added transforming the fan experience inside Doak Campbell. Locker room renovations for soccer, softball and beach volleyball have also been completed and the Don Veller Seminole Golf Course, with a redesign by Jack Nicklaus II, will begin renovations this fall.
Wilcox came to Florida State from Duke where he served as Senior Deputy Director of Athletics from 2008-2013. 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.
In addition to his Florida State duties, Wilcox currently holds several national and ACC leadership positions including: membership on the NCAA Football Oversight Committee; Internal ACC Network Content Committee; US Olympic Committee Collegiate Advisory Council; Chair of the ACC Women’s Basketball Committee; and, LEAD1 Board of Directors.
Throughout his career Wilcox has spent considerable time 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).
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 was 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.
Stan is married to the former Ramona Harrell and has three daughters: Yasmeen, Nadia, and Soraya (who is married to Adam Kent) and two granddaughters, Cora and Kira. Ramona has three sons: James, Brian, and Charles.