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Coburn to retire, FSU exploring options for new Athletic Director

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Does FSU make an external hire or one from within?

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The Florida State Seminoles are on the hunt for a new athletic director looking to replace current AD David Coburn, the school confirmed Wednesday night.



Coburn, who’s been at the helm of the athletic department since May of 2019, is now Vice President of the university alongside being the director of athletics. Among many other accolades, Coburn oversaw a national championship run in women’s soccer and softball, a trip to the College World Series in baseball, a Sweet Sixteen run in basketball, and helped guide the Seminoles through unprecedented times during the COVID-19 pandemic. Having earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a Juris Doctorate from the FSU College of Law, Coburn is a triple Florida State Alumnus and served as chief of staff under presidents Barron and John Thrasher prior to his current role.

Coburn issued this statement:

“When I accepted this position, I was determined to get the athletic program and the university I love through a historically challenging period. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the myriad of COVID-related issues – not the least of which was the potentially crippling budget impact that virtually all schools have suffered through.

Our athletic department is in excellent shape. We have coaches and staff who are recognized as being among the very best in the country and we have phenomenal student-athletes who compete at the very highest level of intercollegiate athletics.

I have enjoyed the position as athletics director a great deal and it has been very rewarding, but this program needs an athletic director who will be here for the long term. It is just a good time to step away and let the next generation take it from here.

I have agreed to stay on until the end of the spring semester or until the position is filled, whichever comes sooner.”

Will Florida State promote from within the rankings in the athletic/booster department or will they search outside the bricks at the Moore for their new leader?

Tomahawk Nation will monitor this story as it continues to develop.