Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State Vice President and Athletic Director Michael Alford announced on Friday the hiring of Alycia (Lisa) Varytimidis as Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Administrator (SWA) for FSU Athletics.
Varytimidis, a highly regarded sports administrator and former indoor volleyball student-athlete and collegiate head coach, comes to Florida State from Austin Peay State University where she was most recently assistant director of Athletics for Student Welfare and Senior Administrator (SWA).
Varytimidis was the primary contact and oversight for Austin Peay’s student-athlete experience and welfare and conduct issues. She also oversaw internal operations for the athletic department, including academics, compliance, athletic training, and athletic performance. She was primarily responsible for the governors’ men’s and women’s basketball and tennis programs in addition to serving as the department’s liaison to the university provost, office of student affairs, housing, and office of admissions.
In addition to her responsibilities with Title IX and gender equity as part of her role as SWA in the State of Florida, Varytimidis will oversee student-athlete development, compliance, and have athletic oversight responsibilities. .
“Lisa is an outstanding administrator with the student-focused mindset I was looking for in this position,” Alford said. “She has extensive experience in most areas of intercollegiate athletics, including the valuable perspective of having been both a coach and a student-athlete. She will be a major asset to our management team. »
Before her stint at Austin Peay began in 2018, Varytimidis spent five seasons in various roles at the University of Louisiana Monroe, including as senior ULM administrator and director of compliance. During her career at ULM, she held a variety of roles, including overseeing several sports and academic and compliance offices. She also served as the Title IX Coordinator and Title IX Sexual Assault Investigator.
Varytimidis served as the Warhawks’ volleyball head coach from 2000 to 2004 after head coaching stints at Nicholls State (1999-2000) and Bethune-Cookman (1997-99). She was an educational advisor and coordinator of the study room at ULM from 2013 to 2016.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of Seminoles Athletics,” Varytimidis said. “Florida State University and the community of Tallahassee are rich in tradition and success, and I thank Michael Alford for giving me the opportunity to pursue my passion to serve, motivate, and develop a valuable group of individuals…the Seminole student-athletes.”
Varytimidis played volleyball at Barton County Community College before playing his freshman year at Georgia and his senior season at Northeast Louisiana University (now ULM). She received her Masters in Sports Administration from Grambling State in 2006. From 2006 to 2013, Varytimidis served as athletic director in addition to coaching and physical education instructor at Grace Episcopal School in Monroe.
She has given numerous presentations throughout her professional career, ranging from Title IX. eligibility, including a speech on African Americans in Sports Management and Their Experiences in Doctoral Programs in Nicosia, Cyprus.