Former Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs has joined the Florida athletic department as an executive associate athletic director, UF athletic director Scott Stricklin announced Tuesday.
Jacobs, who is originally from Jacksonville, was the AU athletic director for the past 13 years before stepping down. He spent more than 30 years in the Auburn athletic department.
“Florida Athletics is fortunate to have someone of Jay’s caliber joining the UAA,” Stricklin said. “His character, vision, experience and ability to connect with people will be tremendous assets to our department. Additionally, having served in a leadership role in the SEC, Jay understands the great privilege and responsibility we have as a member of this wonderful conference. It’s exciting to have Jay joining the Gators.”
Jacobs replaces form associate athletic director Mike Hill, who left UF in March to become the athletic director at Charlotte.
In addition to serving as a member of the senior executive staff, Jacobs’ responsibilities will include oversight of the communications, marketing, ticketing and GatorVision departments.
“Some people are fortunate to say they are coming home once in their careers, now I am lucky enough to say it twice,” said Jacobs. “Having attended high school in Jacksonville, I’m honored and privileged to join the UAA and continue to work in the nation’s best conference in the SEC. I am looking forward to working with Scott Stricklin and the rest of the staff to help serve the Gator student-athletes, coaches and fans of the Gator Nation.”
While the AD at Auburn, five different teams won 12 national championships. Jacobs also spearheaded $220 million in facility upgrades.