Using more than two decades of intercollegiate experience in communications, fundraising and marketing, Scott Stricklin has built a wave of momentum within the Mississippi State fan base during his tenure as the director of athletics.
From his first day on the job as Mississippi State's Athletic Director in May 2010, Stricklin, integrating the department's three foundations of focus on student-athletes, possessing great integrity and aggressively promoting Mississippi State University, has overseen a stretch in which the Bulldogs enjoyed both on and off the field successes unparalleled in more than a decade.
The Bulldog football team has advanced to bowl play each of the last three seasons. Record attendance, including a streak of 20 consecutive sellouts, has prompted a
$75 million renovation and expansion of Davis Wade Stadium. The football program has just moved into the $25 million Leo W. Seal, Jr. Football Complex.
In 2012, Stricklin guided the men's and women's basketball programs through coaching changes, and saw the baseball and softball teams advance to NCAA tournaments. Baseball and men's tennis enter the 2013 season with Top 15 national rankings.
In the classroom, Bulldog student-athletes continue to excel. In the fall of 2012, for the second time in three semesters, Mississippi State's men and women athletes established their best combined grade point average with a 3.04 for the term.
Prior to being named to the top spot at Mississippi State, Stricklin had stints in athletic departments at Kentucky, Baylor, Tulane and Auburn. He received his bachelor's degree from Mississippi State in 1992.
Stricklin, 42, is married to the former Anne Howell, the youngest daughter of Basketball Hall of Fame member Bailey Howell. The couple has two daughters, Abby and Sophie.
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