Stansbury, Daniels discuss Operation Blacktop, Gold-Medal Coaches and other topics.
The University of Central Florida named Todd Stansbury vice president and director of athletics on Jan. 10, 2012. He officially began his duties at UCF on March 1, 2012. Since joining the Knights, Stansbury has overseen an athletic department that has enjoyed significant success in competition, in the classroom and in the community while also working diligently to become an indispensable partner to the campus and Central Florida region.
Stansbury led the Knights' successful transition from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference in 2013-14. Included in UCF's first season in the new league were three conference championships. The Knights won the first-ever American Athletic Conference titles in football, women's soccer and softball. On the gridiron, the Knights had a historic season. UCF went 12-1, won a BCS game defeating Baylor 52-42 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and finished the season at No. 10 in the Associated Press poll.
In the classroom, UCF has extended an incredible run of academic success under Stansbury's leadership. UCF student-athletes set a school record with a 3.17 grade-point average (GPA) in the 2012-13 academic year. After the 2013-14 academic year, the Knights have now put together 13 consecutive terms with a department GPA of 3.0 or better, while 14 of the Knights' 16 teams were at or above a 3.0 for the 2014 spring term. More than 63 percent (233) of UCF student-athletes posted a GPA of 3.0 or better, while 33 were at a perfect 4.0 in 2014.
During 2012-13, UCF won three Conference USA championships and the school's first-ever NCAA Championship. The women's soccer, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field programs all won league titles. Sprinter Aurieyall Scott took the 60-meter dash crown at the 2013 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Knights' football program won the C-USA East Division title and won a bowl game for the second time in school history. In addition, both the volleyball and women's basketball programs advanced to their respective Conference USA Championship games.
As part of Stansbury's vision for the development of an Institute for Student-Athlete Leadership, the Knights have initiated and maintained a partnership with Junior Achievement and expanded their community service initiatives beyond Central Florida with the creation of an international service program called "Knights without Borders."
The first two "Knights without Borders" service-learning trips -- to Panama and St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- saw Knight student-athletes and administrators work on maintenance and repairs at a pair of orphanages and a library, while also teaching nutrition and wellness classes to the children. Knights Without Borders has plans for more international service trips each year which will include both current student-athletes and Varsity Knights.
Stansbury's belief in the development of leaders through the intercollegiate experience extends beyond graduation, which led to the establishment of the young alumni leadership council and the resurrection of the Varsity Knights. These two groups focus on professional development and building a pipeline to professional opportunities and the Knight network.
Stansbury joined the Knights after serving as executive associate athletic director at Oregon State University, beginning in 2003. At Oregon State, Stansbury supervised internal and external operations and revenue sports, including development and oversight of a $56 million budget for an athletics program that includes 17 sports and more than 500 student-athletes.
During his tenure at Oregon State, Stansbury was part of the senior leadership team that led the renaissance of Oregon State athletics. The following is a snapshot of some of the program's achievements during Stansbury's tenure at Oregon State:
-- More than half of Oregon State's student-athletes boasted grade-point averages of 3.0 or higher.
-- The Beavers' athletics annual fund grew by 155 percent since 2003, while ticket sales increased by 80 percent.
-- About $120 million in new athletics facilities were completed since 2004, and more than $40 million in facilities were on track for completion in Corvallis when Stansbury left for his new position at UCF.
Prior to his time at Oregon State, Stansbury served as director of athletics at East Tennessee State University from 2000-03. He was associate director of athletics at the University of Houston from 1997-00 and worked in the athletics department at Georgia Tech from 1988-95. He also has experience in the classroom, teaching courses as an adjunct professor at Oregon State and Houston.
In 1984, Stansbury received a bachelor's of science degree in industrial management from Georgia Tech, where he was a member of the football team. He was a third-round draft choice for the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders. Stansbury later completed a master's degree in sports administration at Georgia State University in 1993.
Stansbury began his professional career as a banker in the asset-based lending division of Citizens and Southern National Bank in Atlanta before returning to Georgia Tech as the academic counselor for football in 1988.
Stansbury is a native of Oakville, Ontario, Canada.
Stansbury is married to the former Karen Hammond of Easley, S.C. The couple's interest in travel led to an 18-month circumnavigation of the globe from 1995 through 1996, which included a number of adventures, including trekking the Himalaya of Nepal, tracking the Mountain Gorilla in the Congo (Zaire) and sailing the Whitsunday Islands of Australia.