Winning and graduating our student-athletes are top two goals for Auburn
Statements from Gene Chizik and Jay Jacobs
Tigers honored at annual awards banquet
Jay Jacobs was named Auburn's 14th Director of Athletics in December 2004. A walk-on football player under legendary coach Pat Dye, Jacobs earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in business administration from Auburn in 1985 and 1988, respectively. He is a member of the Auburn chapter of Phi Kappa Phi honorary.
Under Jacobs' leadership, Auburn won 11 National Championships and 24 SEC Championships. Jacobs grew annual revenue from $46 million to over $145 million. The department fully funds its 21 sports, 12 of which are women's sports, through the reinvestment of operating cash flow under Jacobs' strategy.
During Jacobs' tenure as AD, each sports program was provided a new or renovated facility through investments of over $200 million. Auburn student-athletes averaged a cumulative GPA of 3.17 and had a graduation success rate the highest in Auburn history. Fan satisfaction surveys consistently ranked Auburn as having the best game day experience in the SEC.
Jacobs was named a 2017 NACDA / UnderArmour Athletics Director of the Year and was one of five finalists for the 2017 Sports Business Journal Athletics Director of the Year.
Jacobs' vision for Auburn Athletics focused on being the best school for the best student-athletes.