Head football coach and interim director of athletics George O’Leary has announced a few changes to his senior staff with promotions of UCF administrators John Kvatek and Brad Stricklin, as well as the addition of former administrator Matt DiFebo.

Stricklin has been with the university since 2006 and has been given the title of executive senior associate athletics director/chief financial officer, according to a press release. He has previously held the senior associate athletics director/chief financial officer.

“I appreciate coach O’Leary placing me in this important position,” Stricklin said in the release. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work at UCF for the past nine years. I look forward to serving our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the university in this expanded role.”

After serving as the assistant athletic director for video and creative services, Kvatek, who has been with the university since 2004, has been given the role of senior associate athletic director for external operations. He will oversee the Knights’ spirit programs as well as the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame.

“I am certainly grateful to coach O’Leary for having the confidence in me to lead our external units and take on a larger leadership role in the department,” Kvatek said in the release. “I’ve been a Knight for more than a decade and I plan to use that experience to continue the progress our forward-facing departments have had over the years.”

DiFebo is in his second stint with UCF after founding he held the associate athletic director position from 2004-09. He returns as the senior associate athletics director/chief revenue officer.

“Coach O’Leary is assembling an excellent leadership team and I’m honored to be part of that,” DiFebo said in the release. “We have very ambitious goals and a lot of work ahead of us to deliver for people who invest in the UCF Athletics program, our fans and student-athletes. I’m eager to get started to build on the solid program already in place and to help continue making UCF among the best athletic programs in the country.”


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