Keith R. Tribble
|1974–1976||University of Florida|
|Administrative career (AD unless noted)|
|1992–1993||Florida (Assoc. AD)|
|1993–2006||Orange Bowl Committee (CEO)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame|
Keith R. Tribble (born 1955) is an American university sports administrator and former college athlete. He previously served as the chief executive officer of the Orange Bowl, and as the athletic director for the UCF Knights Division I sports program of the University of Central Florida. He resigned as Central Florida's athletic director on November 9, 2011, after being cited in NCAA allegations of recruiting rules violations by the university's basketball and football programs.
Early life and education
Tribble accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he lettered at offensive guard for coach Doug Dickey's Florida Gators football team from 1974 to 1976. During his time as a Gator football player, he played on three bowl teams. Tribble graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in 1977, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Distinguished Letterwinner" in 2011.
Tribble was an associate athletic director at the University of Florida from 1992 to 1993. He became the chief executive officer of the Orange Bowl Committee in 1993, and served in that position for thirteen years, including the negotiation of the Bowl Alliance and Bowl Championship Series (BCS) agreements.
In June 2006, he was hired as the athletic director of the UCF Knights. At the time he was hired by the University of Central Florida, Tribble was one of nine African-American athletic directors among the 120 major college athletic programs in the Division I/Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA). He also served as the executive vice president for the University of Central Florida Athletics Association, the private non-profit corporation that is responsible for the administration and financial management of the UCF Knights athletic programs. As UCF's director of athletics, Tribble oversaw $150 million in improvements to the Knights' athletics facilities, with another $70 million in construction approved and pending.
Tribble is married and has two children.
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