Michael Alford is being introduced as Florida State’s athletics director on Friday at 11:30 a.m. We will post updates from speakers during the event.
President Richard McCullough opens the press conference by praising Alford, who he says is “beloved in the community.” McCullough said Alford and his wife, Laura, are die-hard Noles and are an integral part of the FSU family.
McCullough said Alford offered the job on Thursday and he accepted “literally in two seconds.”
McCullough running down the list of recent achievements and accomplishments of FSU’s teams, beginning with the national championship soccer team. He indicates FSU athletics doesn’t need fixing because of the quality coaches.
Alford thanks a long list of people from FSU athletics and boosters, including people like the ACC’s Jim Phillips and David Coburn.
Alford: “I am proud to stand before you today as a former student-athlete. … we are a product of the student-athlete experience.”
Alford says it is important to have alignment, with athletics as well as the educational mission of FSU. “We will be focused on the well being of our student-athletes and their success.”
The goal is to leave FSU with a degree in one hand and a championship ring on the other hand.
Alford wants to open the door to all student-athletes to come home. “Once a Noles, always a Noles.”
McCullough said he will not get into specific candidates who interviewed. “At the end of the day, Michael Alford rose to the top and clearly was our top choice. He’s the right man at the right time. The amount of support that he had in the Seminole Community is extraordinary.”
McCullough said he made phone calls to inform some people of the hire, and he often heard screaming back at him in approval. “It really affirms that he is the right person for us.”
Alford: All of the programs are strong, we had wonderful student-athletes, we do things the right way.
Alford, who is the son of a coach, feels a connection to the industry. Also mentions he goes home to a coach. Says he understands the life of a coach. He feels a necessity to continue to build a connection with coaches and work alongside them.
Alford says he feels the boosters and athletics are working closely together with a common vision. Alford: We couldn’t be in a better alignment.
Alford said it has been a great process to study the NIL nuances and state bills. He would like to see a bill that allows FSU and other state schools to compete in recruiting.
Alford says FSU is a destination place and Tallahassee is a destination community.