UCF To Conduct National Search For Athletic Director After O’Leary Stepped Down
By UCF // October 13, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – University of Central Florida football coach George O’Leary announced that as of today he is stepping down as interim director of athletics. He has held the position since July.
“I don’t have an interest in being an AD,” O’Leary said. “I think it comes at a very important time. There are a lot of important decisions that have to be made. I just don’t have an interest in being that kind of person. I’m a football coach.
UCF President John C. Hitt thanked O’Leary for accepting the interim position this summer and said UCF will begin a national search for a new director of athletics.
Hitt also assigned responsibilities for the interim period and national search.
Grant J. Heston, UCF vice president for Communications & Marketing, will oversee the interim period and search process for the university. Heston was part of the leadership team during a director of athletics interim period in 2011-12. He also oversees on-campus football game day operations for the university.
Brad Stricklin, executive senior associate athletics director, will serve as interim director of athletics. Stricklin, who has been with UCF since 2006, was promoted this summer to be the senior leader in athletics under O’Leary.
“I love being a Knight and will work hard every day to give our student-athletes, coaches and staff the support they need,” Stricklin said. “We have a great staff in place and I look forward to leading them through this transition.”
Stricklin will continue to be responsible for the daily operations of the athletics department and will coordinate with Heston during the interim period.
“Grant and Brad will work together to ensure a smooth transition for our athletics program,” Hitt said. “Their leadership and knowledge of our athletics operations will serve our program well during this transition.”
UCF hopes to have a new director of athletics identified no later than the end of 2015.