ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida A&M University (FAMU) President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., introduced Kortne Gosha as the new vice president and director of FAMU Athletics during the Future of FAMU Athletics Fundraising Breakfast, hosted by the FAMU National Alumni Association, on Saturday (Nov. 23) at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel.
On Dec. 3, Gosha will assume the position held by John Eason, Ph.D., who announced on Friday that he would be retiring as athletic director, effective Dec. 2.
Gosha's family members and University supporters were among the audience that greeted Gosha with a standing ovation on the morning of the Florida Blue Florida Classic football game in Orlando.
“I am honored to serve you and all of the students,” said Gosha. “I ask everyone to stand in unity and solidarity. It's going to take all of us working together to win.”
President Robinson outlined Gosha's career highlights, then presented the 31-year-old with a FAMU football helmet.
“We welcome Mr. Gosha to the FAMU family with open arms,” said Robinson. “I was amazed at the depth of his vision and look forward to building on the enthusiasm and excitement that was witnessed at this event. Come and show your support of our Athletics Department.”
Gosha said it is a “tremendous honor” to serve as FAMU's 17th director of Athletics.
“The rich traditions and legacy of excellence have helped create a dynamic culture of perseverance and success at FAMU,” Gosha said. “I am humbled that Dr. Robinson, the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee trust me to lead the next chapter of FAMU Athletics as we relentlessly pursue a world class student-athlete experience and athletics program.”
During the breakfast, Gosha unveiled his strategic plan, calling it a “growth strategy” that is designed to continue helping student-athletes win in the classroom, in the community, and on the gridiron, track and field.
“We will accomplish this by creating a student-centered environment for success, establishing resources for sustained growth, and operating in transparency, compliance, and integrity,” said Gosha. “We will operate at the highest level and employ best practices within intercollegiate athletics. I am extremely excited to get to Tallahassee and begin this process, with the support of the student body, the community, and all of the Rattler family.”