June 6, 2011
Athens native and University of Georgia graduate Greg McGarity was named Director of Athletics at UGA on August 13, 2010, after serving 18 years in the athletic department at the University of Florida.
At UF, he most recently served as Executive Associate Athletic Director after serving as both an associate and senior associate athletic director during his tenure. His duties at Florida included assisting the athletic director in daily operations of the department, assisting in preparation and approval of the annual budget and extensive involvement in long-term planning, contracts, competition scheduling and employment searches, among other areas. McGarity was involved in the planning and supervision of several construction projects, including the expansion of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and the William Heavener Football Complex.
McGarity graduated from the University of Georgia in 1976 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism. He was a letterman on the 1973 Bulldog tennis team and following graduation began his professional career at UGA. After serving as a student assistant from 1973–77, he held positions as assistant sports information director and head women’s tennis coach (1977–82), administrative assistant (1982–88), and assistant athletic director for facilities and event management (1988–92).
Citing McGarity’s top-level experience in one of America’s most successful athletic programs, UGA President Michael F. Adams said McGarity understands UGA’s desire to compete and succeed at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics while maintaining a primary focus on the needs and success of student-athletes.
“Greg McGarity is an experienced senior athletic administrator who has spent his entire life in athletics and athletic administration,” Adams said on the day of McGarity’s appointment. “He was admired greatly during the time he worked in the department here, and I can tell you from the comments I have read during this process that this is considered to be a great loss at the University of Florida. He has been involved in major personnel decisions at Florida, and I consider hiring the right people in the right positions to be the most important function of a senior administrator.”
McGarity is married to the former Sheryl Holland, who graduated from UGA in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in education. They have one son, Alex, 21, who is a rising senior at the University of Florida.