Coburn named permanent FSU athletics director

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David Coburn has been named the permanent Florida State athletics director after holding the role on an interim basis since August.

President John Thrasher announced the move on Friday, effective immediately. Coburn has held the interim role since Stan Wilcox left late in the summer for a job with the NCAA.

Coburn has navigated budget challenges in the last 10 months, trimming some of the fat in FSU’s athletics budget. But Coburn has also made some significant long-term moves, scheduling a home-and-home football series with Georgia as well as pushing for fundraising as part of the boosters’ Unconquered Campaign.

“I am grateful to David Coburn for taking on this role permanently,” President John Thrasher said in a statement. “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.”

Coburn has worked with Thrasher for decades, from the Florida Legislature to the president’s office at FSU. He served as chief of staff to President Eric Barron and Thrasher.

“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.”

Coburn has earned three degrees from FSU: a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree and a law degree.