(updated January 2020)
David Coburn was named Interim Athletic Director in August of 2018. The interim title was removed in May of 2019 when Coburn became the 12th full time Athletics Director in FSU history.
During his 17 months in athletics, Coburn has applied his almost 40 years of legislative and university experience to address challenging budget issues and streamline, reorganize and implement new policies to help the department operate more efficiently and effectively.
“I am grateful to David Coburn for taking on this role permanently,” FSU President John Thrasher said. “For years I have relied on his experience, integrity and good judgment, and the progress we have made under his leadership is already evident. I know the future of our championship Athletics program is as bright as ever and in good hands.”
“I very much appreciate the confidence the president and the Board of Trustees have placed in me,” Coburn said. “Over these past months, their support has been invaluable. I also have gained tremendous appreciation for the wonderful people in Athletics and the Seminole Boosters. They all care deeply about our university and have been working together to move us forward.”
During his tenure leading the athletic department, Florida State placed seventh in the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup. It was the highest finish for any ACC school and also the highest ranking for FSU athletics in a decade. During the 2018-19 athletic year, FSU women’s soccer captured the National Championship, baseball reached the College World Series, men’s basketball advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, and 19 of FSU’s sports participated in NCAA Tournament play.
Prior to being named interim director of Athletics, Coburn served as chief of staff to President Eric Barron and then Thrasher.
Coburn brought a wealth of legislative and state budget experience to the university’s administration when President Eric Barron hired him in 2012.
He is a 34-year veteran of the Florida legislative process, most recently Staff Director of the Florida Senate Committee on Ways and Means prior to coming to FSU. He served as Chief of Staff of the House of Representatives under two different Speakers, as Chief of Staff of the Senate under Senate President Ken Pruitt, and as Director of Planning and Budgeting for Gov. Lawton Chiles from 1992-94.
Coburn is a triple Florida State alumnus having earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Juris Doctorate from the FSU College of Law.
He and his wife, Dr. Mary Coburn, have two daughters and two grandchildren.