FSU's interim AD talks new role, next steps

BREAKING: FSU appoints David Coburn as interim athletics director
Posted at 5:56 PM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 17:56:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - We're hearing from Florida State University's newly appointed interim athletic director for the first time.

WTXL was the only local television station present as David Coburn did an informal meet and greet with media members.

Officials asked that no video be taken of the meet and greet. An audio recording of the informal meet and greet can be found below:

Coburn is replacing outgoing Athletics Director Stan Wilcox and is already beginning to step into his new role though he admits he was not expecting to be named interim. 

He doesn't know how long it'll be before they find a new AD. Coburn says the school will utilize a search committee, lead by President John Thrasher, to find a suitable replacement. 

Coburn brought a wealth of legislative and state budget experience to the university’s administration when President Eric Barron hired him in 2012.

He is a 34-year veteran of the Florida legislative process, most recently Staff Director of the Florida Senate Committee on Ways and Means prior to coming to FSU.

He served as Chief of Staff of the House of Representatives under two different Speakers, as Chief of Staff of the Senate under Senate President Ken Pruitt, and as Director of Planning and Budgeting for Gov. Lawton Chiles from 1992-94.

Coburn is a triple Florida State alumnus 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.