John Stricklen has achieved great success both professionally and personally. Currently, he serves as Athletic Director for Florida University.
Under his direction, the Gators have won 25 top-five national titles.
He also oversees UF’s efforts to enhance fan experience and engage them socially and personally. This includes installing a $6 million WIFI system in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, creating a Gator app, and organizing various initiatives for fans on game day.
Early Life and Education
John Stricklen was born in 1808 in Maryland and became a Catholic convert before serving as bishop in Texas.
His father strongly encouraged Johnny to study Latin and history in order to be able to read Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War in its original Greek. Unfortunately, Johnny made little progress towards mastering these subjects.
As a result, his behavior became disobedient and impertinent. As such, his parents removed him from school and forced him to attend Rector Verheyk’s private academy. This period was filled with turmoil and tension for the young man; he documented it in his diary where he expressed great discomfort as well as being prone to disobedience and impertinence.
Stricklen made her debut in the WNBA this February, signing a two-year contract with the Atlanta Dream. She hopes to make an impact on her team this season and also help develop young players within a new environment.
Stricklen became heavily involved with the Roberson Project, a research initiative that seeks to tell Sewanee’s full history. Through it, she learned about Sewanee’s early Black students and the Black St. Mark’s community in Sewanee – which have served as resources for those students who are away from home for the first time.
Stricklen is currently wrapping up her junior year and writing her senior thesis, which examines John Armfield – the early benefactor of Sewanee and one of America’s most notable slave traders in the 1820s and ’30s. His connection to the University provides an important context for studying its founding as well as its lasting effects.
Achievements and Honors
Stricklin has earned himself a wealth of accolades during his time as head coach of the Big Ten’s most successful program. But perhaps most impressive of all is his ability to make his players and their fans feel like family – as one recent class said: “we’re not just athletes; we’re family.” It is no wonder then that Stricklin continues to inspire such loyalty among his students and fans alike.
He’s been able to ride the success of college baseball and create a program based on the philosophy that doing things correctly serves everyone involved – players, coaches and fans alike. His dedicated fanbase is eager to learn about and participate in his team’s newfound success. The winning formula has paid off with more than 10 ACC titles, the most wins in MAC since 2008 and an NCAA Super Regional in preparation – plus much more besides.
John Stricklen has had a storied and varied personal life. He was part of the founding team of the National Space Society, as well as being involved with Austin environmental groups and CSI – a national campaign for more accurate science coverage and less pseudoscience in mainstream media outlets.
He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, having completed his internship and residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. Additionally, he served two years in the military as Captain and Chief Orthopedic Surgeon at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota.
He has 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters; he also adopted 4 children from the Philippines for a total of 11 grandchildren. As a philanthropist and environmental advocate, he has received numerous awards for his efforts around the world.
John Stricklen boasts a net worth of $2 million. He serves as COO for Vertex Energy Inc and owns 149,610 shares in the company.
He is a renowned filmmaker, director and editor who has collaborated on films like Bodies (2004), Rebel Heart (2001) and Prime Suspect 2 (1992). Furthermore, he is an acclaimed gambler.
He owns several businesses, such as Strickland Propane and Sugarfoot’s BBQ. He engages in pari-mutual gambling and has made wagers on dog and horse races. Additionally, his artwork has been displayed at galleries across America; additionally, he has published several books and is an avid reader. Currently residing in Bainbridge, Georgia with no children, his interests lie elsewhere.