Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley to retire

Longtime Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley is announcing his retirement.

Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley speaks on during an introductory press conference on December 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. Jim McElwain has left Colorado State and replaces ex-Florida head coach Will Muschamp who was fired earlier this season.

Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley speaks on during an introductory press conference on December 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. Jim McElwain has left Colorado State and replaces ex-Florida head coach Will Muschamp who was fired earlier this season. (Getty Images)

Foley, 63, has led the Gators athletic program since 1992, and had joined the school an a ticket office intern in 1976.

He is the second-longest tenured athletic director among Autonomy Conference schools.

Foley will remain in place until October 1, when his replacement will take over. He will remain as the school’s Emeritus Athletics Director.

Under Foley’s watch, Florida became the first program in collegiate history to win both football and men’s basketball titles in the same calendar year (2006).  He’s also the only AD in Division I history to have his school’s football and men’s basketball programs win multiple national titles. The Gators football team won three championships (1996, 2006, 2008) and the Gators basketball team won consecutive titles in 2006 and 2007.

“You always want to leave an organization in good shape,” Foley told FloridaGators.com writer Scott Carter last Friday. “Right now, we obviously have a great group of coaches, we have had a good year and we’ve got things moving in the right direction. I just think that makes it a good time to transition.”

In all, 27 Gators teams have won national titles during Foley’s tenure, with 14 of those coming since 2009.

The school will have a news conference at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday to announce the news.