Athens native and University of Georgia graduate Greg McGarity was named Director of Athletics at UGA on August 13, 2010, after serving 18 years in the athletic department at the University of Florida.
Since that time, McGarity has injected a program of imagination and innovation into the Georgia Athletic Association with emphasis on exploring new ideas and initiatives designed to move the organization forward in all areas of competition, academics, and service.
Among the many initiatives are implementation of a nutrition program for all sports, greater emphasis on customer service as well as community service, scoreboard upgrades enhancing the in-game experience for guests and patrons in all sports, and development of leadership programs fostering staff development. In addition, he has encouraged the experimentation of new ideas such as moving volleyball competition to Stegeman Coliseum and helping bring a sold-out concert (Jason Aldean, 65,000) to Sanford Stadium for the first time in stadium history. He was also instrumental in development and implementation along with Nike of a new brand identity program which brings consistency in use of colors, logos, lettering and numerals to Georgia sports teams.
McGarity oversees a 21-sport athletics program supported by a budget of $99 million. Since becoming Director of Athletics, Georgia teams have won national championships in women's swimming and diving (2013 and `14) and equestrian (2014) and SEC championships in men's tennis (2011, '13, '14, and `15), men's tennis SEC Tournament (2012 and `13), women's tennis (2013), women's tennis SEC Tournament ('14), women's swimming and diving (2011, '12, '13, '14, and '15), equestrian (2015), and two SEC eastern division titles in football (2011 and 2012). During that time 18 different Georgia teams have been ranked in the nation's top 20 and 10 in the top ten. Georgia's standing in the Learfield Director's Cup, which annually measures athletic teams success in NCAA championships, has improved from 20th in 2011 to 10th in 2013 and is consistently in the top 20.
McGarity has also been a standard bearer for academic achievement. Since his arrival, Georgia student-athletes have been the recipients of eight NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships, 21 CoSIDA Academic All-American awards, three NCAA Top Ten honors, three SEC Boyd McWhorter SEC Scholar-Athletes of the Year, and two SEC Brad Davis Awards.
In addition, he has been at the forefront of facility expansion and renovation. Recently completed are a $12 million Foley Field (baseball) facility renovation, and new scoreboards/video boards at baseball, softball, and soccer. New sound systems in Stegeman Coliseum and Sanford Stadium have also been installed to improve the fan experience, as well as improvements in rest rooms and concessions stands. In addition, a new Indoor Athletic Facility is scheduled to be constructed adjacent to the Butts-Mehre Building, which will provide a facility for all sports to utilize.
McGarity was appointed as the athletic director's representative to the SEC Executive Committee in 2013. He was named recipient of the 2013 Tom Osborne Award presented by the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association (CPSDA) for special achievement and contributions to advanced-practice sports nutrition. A 1976 graduate of UGA's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, McGarity is a 2012 inductee into the Grady Fellowship, a recognition program to honor those whose influence, achievements and service to the media professions have enhanced the reputation of the Grady College.
He served on the NCAA Division I Football Issues Committee from 2012-14. McGarity is also currently serving on the NCAA National Letter of Intent Football Recruiting Group, SEC Fan Experience Working Group, and the U.S. Tennis Association Athletic Director's Advisory Group.
At UF, he served as Executive Associate Athletic Director after serving as both an associate and senior associate athletic director during his tenure. His duties at Florida included 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. McGarity was involved in the planning and supervision of several construction projects, including the expansion of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the William Heavener Football Complex.
McGarity was a letterman on the 1973 Bulldog tennis team and following graduation began his professional career at UGA. After serving as a student assistant from 1973-77, he held positions as assistant sports information director and head women's tennis coach (1977-81), administrative assistant (1982-88), and assistant athletic director for facilities and event management (1988-92).
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, a graduate of the University of Florida and the University of Georgia.