McGarity Named Georgia Director of Athletics

Aug. 13, 2010

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Greg McGarity, executive associate athletic director at the University of Florida, today was named University of Georgia director of athletics effective Sept. 1. McGarity was introduced by UGA President Michael F. Adams this afternoon at a news conference in the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

An Athens native, McGarity graduated from UGA with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism in 1976. After beginning his career in the UGA Athletic Association, he joined the University of Florida in 1992, rising progressively through the positions of associate athletic director and senior associate athletic director to his current position of executive associate athletic director. His duties at Florida include assisting the athletic director in daily operations of the department, assisting in preparation and approval of the annual budget and extensive involvement in long-term planning, contracts, competition scheduling and employment searches, among other areas.

Georgia's new Director of Athletics, Greg McGarity


Citing McGarity's top-level experience in one of America's most successful athletic programs, Adams said McGarity understands UGA's desire to compete and succeed at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics while maintaining a primary focus on the needs and success of student-athletes.

"Greg McGarity is an experienced senior athletic administrator who has spent his entire life in athletics and athletic administration," Adams said. "He was admired greatly during the time he worked in the department here, and I can tell you from the comments I have read during this process that this is considered to be a great loss at the University of Florida. He has been involved in major personnel decisions at Florida, and I consider hiring the right people in the right positions to be the most important function of a senior administrator."

At Florida, McGarity has been involved in the planning and supervision of several construction projects, including the expansion of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the William Heavener Football Complex.

At UGA, he was assistant athletic director for facilities and event management from 1988-1992, an administrative assistant from 1982-1988, head women's tennis coach and assistant sports information director from 1977-1982, and a student assistant from 1973-1977. McGarity was a letterman on the 1973 UGA men's tennis team.

"I look forward to continuing and furthering the academic and athletic excellence already exemplified by this great institution," McGarity said. "I am excited about the opportunity to return home and to lead the athletic program at my alma mater, and particularly to work with our students, athletic staff, the UGA administration, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters."

McGarity is married to the former Sheryl Holland, who graduated from UGA in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in education. They have one son, Alex, 21, who is a rising senior at the University of Florida.

"Greg McGarity is an outstanding choice by Dr. Adams to be the athletics director at the University of Georgia," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "He has a deep appreciation for the history and traditions of the Southeastern Conference and has been a significant contributor to the conference for many years during his tenures at Georgia and Florida."

Jeremy Foley on Greg McGarity

I'm happy for Greg and his family. It's been a dream of his to be an Athletic Director and all of his hard work has paid off.

Greg has been an invaluable asset to our organization over the years. He has been involved in the day to day operations of our department and has been by my side every step of the way - from hiring coaches, to budgets, facility planning and event management, he has been a key component of our success. Greg is extremely loyal and has great vision for the future.

More than anything Greg is one of my most trusted and closest friends. He has meant much more to me than an employee. Greg is family and we wish him the very best.

Urban Meyer on Greg McGarity

"Greg has been a tremendous asset to me and our football program in my time at Florida. I remember first meeting Greg when Jeremy flew out to talk to me about the Florida job. He was involved in every discussion with Jeremy and our family and I could tell right away that Greg played a pivotal role in the athletic department. I could also see that his relationship with Jeremy and others in the athletic department went beyond the professional level. He was very well liked and respected among his co-workers. Greg always found a way to get things done, but he did it in a very personable manner. "

Billy Donovan on Greg McGarity

"I'm elated for Greg and his family that he is getting a chance to not only direct a first-class athletic department, but in essence, to go home.

I've known Greg for 15 years, he was involved in my hiring at Florida, and has been someone I've always had great respect and admiration for.

I echo the sentiments of everyone here in wishing he and his family the best in Athens and we will certainly all miss him. Georgia has made a fantastic hire."

Jeremy Foley on Greg McGarity

I'm happy for Greg and his family. It's been a dream of his to be an Athletic Director and all of his hard work has paid off.

Greg has been an invaluable asset to our organization over the years. He has been involved in the day to day operations of our department and has been by my side every step of the way - from hiring coaches, to budgets, facility planning and event management, he has been a key component of our success. Greg is extremely loyal and has great vision for the future.

More than anything Greg is one of my most trusted and closest friends. He has meant much more to me than an employee. Greg is family and we wish him the very best.

Urban Meyer on Greg McGarity

"Greg has been a tremendous asset to me and our football program in my time at Florida. I remember first meeting Greg when Jeremy flew out to talk to me about the Florida job. He was involved in every discussion with Jeremy and our family and I could tell right away that Greg played a pivotal role in the athletic department. I could also see that his relationship with Jeremy and others in the athletic department went beyond the professional level. He was very well liked and respected among his co-workers. Greg always found a way to get things done, but he did it in a very personable manner. "

Billy Donovan on Greg McGarity

"I'm elated for Greg and his family that he is getting a chance to not only direct a first-class athletic department, but in essence, to go home.

I've known Greg for 15 years, he was involved in my hiring at Florida, and has been someone I've always had great respect and admiration for.

I echo the sentiments of everyone here in wishing he and his family the best in Athens and we will certainly all miss him. Georgia has made a fantastic hire."

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