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Stricklin Named Georgia Tech Athletics CFO

THE FLATS Brad Stricklin, a veteran college athletics administrator who has spent the past 15 years helping oversee the meteoric rise of UCF athletics, is joining Georgia Tech athletics’ executive leadership team as senior associate athletics director for administration and finance/chief financial officer, director of athletics Todd Stansbury announced on Friday.

“Brad is a talented and highly respected administrator and chief financial officer, and I’m delighted that he will be joining our team at Georgia Tech,” Stansbury said. “Brad has been instrumental to the success that UCF has enjoyed over the past 15 years and he will be a great asset to our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community. I’m excited to welcome him, Anne Marie, Sara and Andrew to the Georgia Tech athletics family.”

Stricklin arrived at UCF in March 2006 and most recently held the title of senior executive associate athletics director/CFO. In his role, he oversaw business operations, human resources and information technology, and was also the sport administrator for volleyball, men’s golf and women’s golf. He was a member of UCF’s executive leadership team when Stansbury was the school’s vice president/director of athletics from 2012-15, then served as interim A.D. for two months following Stansbury’s departure.

While Stricklin was in Orlando, UCF achieved unprecedented athletic success, including two undefeated football seasons (2013 and 2017), which culminated with wins in the Fiesta Bowl (over Baylor) and the Peach Bowl (over Auburn), respectively. UCF also made two conference affiliation changes during Stricklin’s time with the Knights, moving from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference in 2013 in addition to their recently announced move from the AAC to the Big XII.

Stricklin was honored for his work both locally and nationally during his time at UCF. In 2012, he was selected as CFO of the Year (non-profit category) by the Orlando Business Journal, and in 2016, he was named the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA) Manager of the Year.

Prior to his arrival at UCF, Stricklin spent seven years at the Conference USA office (1999-2006), starting as business manager (1999-2003) before being promoted to assistant commissioner for business affairs (2003-06). With C-USA, he was responsible for developing and monitoring the league’s annual budget and maintaining its financial records. He also coordinated the move of the conference’s headquarters from Chicago to Irving, Texas and developed the league’s financial models for the period of realignment that saw UCF join C-USA in 2005.

Stricklin’s career also includes two stints at Georgia Southern, first as a graduate assistant, then as assistant athletics director overseeing GSU’s business and ticket offices for four years, as well as a 17 months at Florida, where he spent a year in the athletics ticket office, followed by five months in the university’s office of research and graduate education.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to work at Georgia Tech and reunite with an outstanding athletics director in Todd Stansbury,” Stricklin said. “I am also excited to join his talented team of staff and coaches. I’m very appreciative of my 15-plus years at UCF and being a part of its tremendous growth. The memories I have from the progress we made will last a lifetime. It wasn’t an easy decision, but the opportunity at Georgia Tech was just too special.”

Stricklin graduated from Southern Miss with a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accounting emphasis) in 1991. As an undergraduate, he served as a student equipment manager for USM’s football program. He earned a master’s degree in sports management from Georgia Southern.

He and his wife, Anne Marie, have two children – a daughter, Sara (18), and a son, Andrew (14).

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