University of Florida Athletic Association
|Location||Gainesville, Florida, USA|
The University Athletic Association, Inc. (UAA) is a non-profit corporation that is responsible for maintaining the Florida Gators intercollegiate sports program of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The UAA is run by a board of directors led by the University of Florida's athletic director. The athletic director also acts as the UAA's chief financial officer and reports directly to the president of the university.
The athletic association was originally incorporated in 1929 with impetus from university president John J. Tigert to oversee the construction of Florida Field. Since then, its mission has grown to include operating and improving all of the school's athletic programs and facilities. For the 2014-15 academic year, the UAA has an annual operating budget of $103.3 million which is funded entirely through its own revenues with additional support from Gator Boosters, Inc., the fundraising arm of the university's athletic department. The UAA does not depend on the University of Florida's state funding for financial support, and has in fact contributed $79 million to the school's academic programs since 1990.
Current varsity sports
The UAA currently fields Florida Gators teams in nine men's sports and twelve women's sports:
The Gators men's and women's track and field teams are counted twice in the total number of sports teams because Florida's track and field athletes compete in the separate indoor and outdoor track and field seasons sanctioned by the NCAA.
Since 1917, the following fourteen men have served as the athletic director of the University of Florida's intercollegiate sports program:
- Alfred L. Buser (1917–20)
- William G. Kline (1920–23)
- James L. White (1923–25)
- Everett M. Yon (1925–28)
- Charlie Bachman (1928–30)
- Edgar C. Jones (1930–36)
- Josh Cody (1936–39)
- Tom Lieb (1940–45)
- Raymond Wolf (1946–49)
- Bob Woodruff (1950–59)
- Ray Graves (1960–79)
- Bill Carr (1979–86)
- Bill Arnsparger (1986–92)
- Jeremy Foley (1992–2016)
- Scott Stricklin (2016- )
Nine of the fifteen athletic directors were also the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Six, including James White, Everett Yon, Edgar Jones, Bill Carr, Bill Arnsparger, Jeremy Foley, and Scott Stricklin, were not. In addition to serving as the athletic director, White was the head coach of the Florida Gators men's basketball and baseball teams; Jones was the head coach of the Gators men's golf team. Yon, Jones and Carr were former Gators athletes. Bill Arnsparger was the former head coach of the LSU Tigers football team. Only Jeremy Foley, who has spent his entire adult career working for the UAA in a variety of capacities, and Scott Stricklin never coached a college varsity sports team.
- Hobart & William Smith Colleges: Alumni Biographies-Jeremy Foley '74
- University Athletic Association, 2014–2015 Operating Budget Executive Summary. Retrieved September 4, 2014.