Jeremy Foley is an American sports executive who is currently the Director of Athletics at the University of Florida. He is widely regarded as one of the most successful and influential figures in college sports, having overseen the Gators’ rise to prominence in the 1990s and 2000s.
Foley was born in Gainesville, Florida in 1952. His father was a professor at the University of Florida and his mother was a schoolteacher. Foley was a star athlete in high school, playing both football and baseball. He attended the University of Florida on a baseball scholarship.
Foley’s career in sports began as a graduate assistant with the Gators’ baseball team. He then worked in the marketing department of the Atlanta Braves before returning to Florida as the Assistant Athletics Director for External Affairs. In 1992, he was promoted to Athletics Director, becoming the youngest AD in NCAA Division I history at the time.
Under Foley’s leadership, the Gators have won 27 national championships in various sports. He has also overseen the construction of numerous facilities, including a $170 million renovation of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Foley has been named Sports Executive of the Year on multiple occasions and was inducted into the College Sports Information Directors Association Hall of Fame in 2009.
Foley’s annual salary is $1.2 million and his net worth is estimated to be $5 million. He is married to his wife, Barbara, and they have two children together.
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