Georgia hires Florida’s McGarity as next AD

By Adam Silverstein
August 12, 2010

A source inside the University of Florida‘s University Athletic Association has confirmed to OGGOA that Florida Gators executive senior associate director of athletics Greg McGarity has been tabbed as the Georgia Bulldogs’ next athletic director, is on the way to sign a contract and will be officially announced as such Friday.

McGarity, who had essentially been Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley’s right-hand man during his tenure at Florida, was hired in 1992 after graduating from Georgia. He was up for the Bulldogs’ AD job in 2003 and was widely believed to be the school’s top candidate to replace Damon Evans since July.

“I have been very fortunate to work alongside the very best in collegiate athletics at two outstanding institutions, the University of Georgia and the University of Florida, over the last three decades,” McGarity wrote in an application letter to Georgia’s associate vice president for human resources. “I know what it takes to lead and direct an athletic program at the highest level, and am ready to lead the University of Georgia Athletic Association into the future. I look forward to having the opportunity to compete for this position.”

He was such a popular candidate that U.S. Representative Jack Kingston (R-GA) went out of his way to write the school’s president to “enthusiastically recommend” McGarity. “He is ready to get back to his hometown and to serve his alma mater in this distinguished position,” Kingston wrote.

OGGOA wishes to extend our sincere congratulations to Mr. McGarity.

4 Comments

  1. John Shanks says:

    Mr. McGarity thank you for all you’ve done, we’re sad to lose you. You and Jeremy have done a wonderful job.

    I do hope however, that at least one week a year in late October, you epically fail in your future endeavors.

  2. Daniel M. says:

    Lol J.S.

    Thank you For 18 years of hard work and dedication Mr. McGarity. Gator Nation sincerely appreciates all the big and the little things you have done. Good luck to you as AD at UGA.

    And although I extend my best wishes to you, you are now officially gator bait.

  3. Josh says:

    If you can’t beat em, hire em.

    We’ll miss Mr. McGarity, and I feel bad that he’s going to have to regret his decision so badly every October.

  4. Wingtee says:

    Good luck Greg thanks for your work in gainesvile

Top