Named Vice President and Director of Athletics at Florida State in 2021, Alford has been involved in intercollegiate athletics and professional sports for over 26 years. Prior to his current role, he served as CEO and President of Seminoles Booster Inc., adding over 2,000 members and raising over $15 million toward a new football operation facility in a little over a year. In addition, he conceived and launched concepts to improve the fan experience at Doak Cambell Stadium. From 2017-2020, Alford was the Associate Vice President and Assistant Athletic Director at Central Michigan, where he led the athletic program during its most successful fundraising era. He guided the school in its re-negotiated apparel contract, resulting in a 600 percent increase in revenue and also increased the Chippewa Athletic Fund’s membership while setting a fundraising record in 2018-19 that topped the previous year’s record by 50 percent. Before Central Michigan, the former baseball player at Mississippi State performed similar roles with the University of Oklahoma, the Dallas Cowboys, and the University of Alabama, elevating each program’s revenue through marketing, fundraising, and partnership efforts.
Allen, a multi-sport athlete while at Maynard Evans High School in Pine Hills, Florida, began competing in Long Drive competitions at the age of 28 and has since become one of the best strikers of the long ball in the world. Early in his career, he set a Guinness World Record for the fastest ball speed at 211 miles per hour. In 2015 and 2016, Allen joined the European Long Drive Tour, winning numerous events, which led to a move to the Long Drive Tour, where in 2017 he reached a number one ranking. That same year, he won multiple LDT events and finished as Tour Champion. In 2018, Allen won the prestigious Volvik World Long Driving Championship with a 393-yard drive in the final. A year later, he became the first person to drive a ball over Niagara Falls. With a peak swing speed of 162 mph and ball speed of 228 mph, Allen’s longest competition drive traveled a staggering 459 yards. A dedicated contributor to the game of golf, Allen is Ambassador for Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association, First Tee, and the Boys and Girls Club.
Alstott, a bruising fullback from Joliet, Illinois, was a 3-time team MVP at Purdue University and finished as the school’s all-time leading rusher with 3,635 yards. In his All-American senior year in 1995, he set single-season Purdue records with 1,436 rushing yards and 9 100-yard rushing games and also set a then school record with 39 rushing touchdowns. Drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2nd round of the 1996 NFL Draft, Alstott spent his entire 12-year NFL career with the Bucs, setting the franchise career mark for touchdowns with 71. The 6-time Pro Bowler and 3-time All-Pro honoree scored Tampa’s first-ever Super Bowl touchdown, leading the Bucs to victory over the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Alstott was inducted into the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in 2015.
Born in Pahokee, Florida, Anthony attended Glades Central High School before launching his career at the University of Florida. In each of his three seasons at Florida, the Gators won the SEC Championship and won the National Championship in 1996 following a victory over rival Florida State in the Sugar Bowl. During Anthony’s junior season in 1996, he had 73 receptions for an SEC-leading 1,293 yards and 18 receiving touchdowns, a U of F record and an SEC record until 2019. The First Team All-SEC and Consensus All-American was taken in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his rookie season, he caught 35 passes for 448 yards and 4 touchdowns and became the second-youngest NFL player (20 years, 336 days) to record a receiving touchdown. The next season, Anthony had career highs with 51 receptions for 708 yards and 7 touchdowns as well as 1,118 return yards, finishing eighth in the NFL in all-purpose yards with 1,869. After retiring from the game after five seasons, Anthony coached at his alma mater and was a contributing writer to GatorCountry.com as well as Director of Athlete Relations at Performance Compound, LLC. He’s currently Founder and CEO of YnotMeConsulting, working with young athletes. Anthony was inducted into the U of F Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.
A hometown basketball star from Orlando, Atkins played eleven seasons in the NBA, averaging 9.9 points per game and 3.4 assists per game over 696 regular season games. While at the University of South Florida, he set a school record for three-point attempts (674) and ranked second in made three-point attempts (244). His 1,619 points ranks sixth all-time. After going undrafted, Atkins played a season in the CBA before venturing overseas, connecting with Cibona Zagreb, where he won three-straight Croatian League titles and one Croatian Cup. Returning to the states, he joined the Orlando Magic in 1999 and played in all 82 games, averaging 9.5 points per game and 3.7 assists per game, earning Second Team NBA All-Rookie honors. He spent the next four seasons with the Detroit Pistons, playing nearly every game and averaging over 12 points per game during his first two seasons. In 2005-06, while with the Lakers, Atkins put up career highs with 13.6 points per game and 35.4 minutes per game, playing in every game. Following a resurgence in 2006-07 with Memphis, posutting up near career highs in points and assists, he finished his career with stints in Denver and Oklahoma City before returning to Orlando in 2009-10. Atkins had his No. 12 jersey retired at South Florida in 2001 and was inducted into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012.
Collins, a hard-hitting safety, played 7 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers before an injury shortened his career. The All-American from Bethune-Cookman led the NFL in interceptions returned for touchdowns (3) and interception return yards (295) in 2008. In Super Bowl XVL, his pick-six in the second quarter gave the Packers a 14-0 lead on their way to a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 3-time Pro Bowler from Cross City, Florida, was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2016.
Damon, who grew up in Orlando playing in the South Orange Little League, spent 18 seasons in Major League Baseball, most notably with Kansas City, Boston, and the New York Yankees. Drafted by the Royals in 1992 after being named Florida’s Gatorade Player of the Year out of Dr. Phillips High School, Damon made his major league debut three seasons later. In 2000, he led the AL in runs (136) and stolen bases (46), both career highs. With the Red Sox, Damon made two All-Star appearances and was instrumental in leading the Sox to the World Series in 2004, the club’s first since 1918. Following a move to New York, he remained one of the top lead-off hitters in the game and led the Yankees to the World Series title in 2009. A career .284 hitter, Damon amassed 1,668 runs, 1,139 RBIs, and 408 stolen bases. His 2,769 career hits ranks 54th all-time. Since retiring, he established the Johnny Damon Foundation, which provides assistance to American veterans and disadvantaged children, and he’s also been involved with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Hailing from Gainesville, Doering went from being a walk-on at the University of Florida to one of the school’s best-ever receivers. He finished among the top ten in career receptions (149) and receiving yards (2,107) and won three-straight SEC Championships from 1993-95. His 31 receiving touchdowns are the most in school history and were the most in the SEC until 2020. In his All-American senior season in 1995, Doering had 70 receptions for 1,045 yards and 17 touchdowns. Drafted by Jacksonville in 1996, he made appearances with Indianapolis, Denver, Washington, and Pittsburgh over six seasons, playing in 40 games while battling injury. Since retiring, Doering has performed as an analyst with ESPN, NBC, and the SEC Network and runs his own mortgage company.
Edwards, who hails from Detroit, Michigan, was a star wide receiver at the University of Michigan and set a single-season record in 2004 for receptions (97) and receiving yards (1,330). The Michigan all-time leader in receptions (252), receiving yards (3,541), and touchdowns (39), he was named Big Ten MVP and won the Fred Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s top receiver his senior year as well as earning All-American honors. Taken with the 3rd pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, Edwards broke franchise records for receiving yards (1,289) and touchdowns (16) in his 3rd season, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl. Following his 8-year NFL career, he has served students and athletes through financial and educational guidance as the leader of the Braylon Edwards Foundation.
Faulk, from New Orleans, burst into the national spotlight at San Diego State, where he rushed for 4,589 yards and 57 touchdowns in three seasons. In 1992, he rushed for 1,630 yards and 18 touchdowns and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting. The two-time All-American was drafted second overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1994 NFL Draft and earned Offensive Rookie of the Year and Pro Bowl MVP honors in his first season. From 1998 to 2001, Faulk posted four-consecutive seasons with over 2,000 all-purpose yards and transformed the running back position. In 1999, while with the St. Louis Rams, he set an NFL record with 2,429 yards from scrimmage, leading the Rams to the Super Bowl title. Faulk finished three-straight seasons as the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and was named the 2000 NFL MVP. The seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time All-Pro has the most all-time receiving yards (6,874) for a running back and is the only player in the NFL to have over 70 rushing touchdowns and 30 receiving touchdowns. Faulk was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2017.
Raised in Jacksonville, Floyd became a menacing fullback at Florida State where he scored 20 touchdowns over a three-year career that included a National Championship in 1993. Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1st round, Floyd became the 1st rookie to score 3 touchdowns in a playoff game during the 1995 Divisional Playoff against the Chicago Bears. He also scored in the NFC Championship against the Dallas Cowboys during the 49ers’ road to victory in Super Bowl XXIX, a rare NCAA-NFL champion in back-to-back seasons. Following a 7-year pro career that included over 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving and 25 touchdowns, Floyd performs as an analyst for the Seminole IMG Sports Network and is the Executive Director of his Bar None Foundation, which funds scholarships and grassroots community outreach programs.
Frontero, originally from Michigan but now residing in Oviedo, Florida, has been the Head Golf Professional at Tee It Up and the Frontero Golf Academy since 2006. Playing golf since six years old, he was a multi-sport athlete at Chippewa Valley High School and was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2015. After playing golf at the University of Detroit Mercy, Frontero turned pro at age 20 and spent 18 years on various professional tours, most recently in the North Florida PGA Tour, where he is the current Tournament Chairman. Earlier this year, he played in the PGA Senior Stroke Play Championship and qualified for this fall’s Senior PGA Professional Championship at PGA Golf Club. As a golf educator, he works with between 400 and 450 students in his program, ranging from youth to tour players.
Hester, from Riviera Beach, Florida excelled at multiple sports in high school before enrolling at the University of Miami. Playing in all phases, he made his mark as a return specialist, taking the opening kickoff back for a touchdown against Florida during his freshman season. In 2004, he set a school record with 4 return touchdowns while also leading the team in interceptions 94) and sacks (4). He earned All-American honors from multiple organizations and won the long jump competition at the 2004 Big east Indoor Championships. After being drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2006, Hester emerged onto the pro scene, returning a punt for a touchdown in his first game. He had 6 return touchdowns in his rookie season, an NFL record, and returned a missed field goal back 108 yards for a touchdown against the New York Giants. In Super Bowl XLI, he took the opening kickoff back for a touchdown, the first-ever occurrence in the game. He was named to his first of four Pro Bowls and his first of four All-Pro teams. Hester holds the NFL record for most career return touchdowns (20) and the most career punt return touchdowns (14) while holding nearly every bears return record. He finished his career with 3,695 punt return yards, 14,555 kick return yards, and 3,311 receiving yards, adding 16 receiving touchdowns and 1 rushing touchdown. He was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the University of Miami Hall of Fame in 2018. He was also a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023.
A defensive back from Quincy, Florida, Jackson starred at Florida State University during the Bobby Bowden-era, winning four-straight ACC titles in consecutive double-digit win seasons, appearing in two National Championships during the BCS transition. As a junior, Jackson earned All-ACC honors and was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1999. His 2 interceptions in Super Bowl XXXVII led the Bucs to a 48-21 win over the Oakland Raiders, earning Jackson the Most Valuable Player Award. A 10-year NFL veteran with Tampa Bay, Arizona, and Cincinnati, Jackson now works for the Tampa Housing Authority and coaches youth football.
Kanell grew up in Fort Lauderdale and played quarterback at Florida State University from 1992 to 1995. In his first start in 1993, he threw for 341 yards and 5 touchdowns in a 49-20 win over Maryland, and the Seminoles went on to the win the National Championship. In 1994, as the full-time starter, he threw for 2,781 yards and 17 touchdowns. In the final regular season game against Florida, he led a 31-3 comeback to tie the game 31-31, then beat the Gators in the Sugar Bowl to finish the season 10-1-1 and fourth in the final AP poll. In 1995, he threw for 2,957 yards and 31 touchdowns, and the Seminoles defeated Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl to conclude a 10-2 season and another top-five ranking. Kanell was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ended his career with 6,372 passing yards and 57 touchdowns, then a school record. Drafted by the New York Giants in 1996, he became a starter midway through the 1997 season and led the Giants to the NFC East title. The following season, he threw for career-highs 259 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 34-7 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Kanell played two seasons with Atlanta and spent a season playing minor league baseball before concluding his football career in Denver. He had 5,129 passing yards and 31 touchdowns throughout his NFL career. In 2012, Kanell was inducted into the Florida State Athletic Hall of Fame. After retiring, he joined ESPN as a college football analyst and host and now splits his time between Fox Sports as an analyst and his own talk shows on Sirius XM.
Kirby, from Hampton, Virginia, was a high school football and basketball star, earning Parade All-American and USA Today All-USA honors his senior year. At the University of Virginia, he became the school’s all-time rushing leader with 3,348 yards, which has since been broken. He led the ACC in rushing yards in 1990 (1,020) and 1992 (1,130), led the team in receptions in his final two seasons, and ranks fifth all-time in all-purpose yards. He finished his college career with 24 rushing and 8 receiving touchdowns before the Miami Dolphins selected him in the 1993 NFL Draft. With the Dolphins, he brought his balanced skillset, rushing for 390 yards and 3 touchdowns and catching 75 passes for 874 yards and three touchdowns his first season. In 1995, he had 3 rushing and four receiving touchdowns. In 1996, Kirby moved to San Francisco and set a career mark of 559 rushing yards on 134 carries. The next season, he had a career-high 6 touchdowns, a mark he equaled in 1999 while with the Cleveland Browns, and scored two touchdowns in a Divisional Round win over the Minnesota Vikings. Kirby had a career 27 rushing touchdowns, 12 receiving touchdowns, and 3 return touchdowns, adding another four (3/1) touchdowns in the playoffs. Since retiring, he’s worked as a personal trainer and is Co-owner of Ultimate Sports Institute in Weston, Florida. Kirby is also a competitive cornhole player.
Knox, a high school football and track star from Niceville, Florida, played wide receiver for Florida State during the most prolific era in school history. As a freshman in 1991, he caught 4 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown in a win over Virginia Tech, and a year later had 11 receptions for 123 yards in a win over rival Florida. His best season came in 1993, where he had 42 receptions for 495 yards and 7 touchdowns. He scored two touchdowns against both Maryland and NC State, and had 5 catches for 99 yards in the 18-16 win over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, earning FSU the National Championship, the first under Bobby Bowden. Knox was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1994 NFL Draft and played one season. His son, Kevin Knox II, is in his fifth season in the NBA, now with the Portland Trailblazers. The former McDonald’s All-American and SEC Freshman of the Year in 2018 led Kentucky with 15.6 points per game and 57 made three-pointers in his only season before the New York Knicks drafted him in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.
In his two years as head coach at the University of Central Florida, Malzahn led the Knights to consecutive nine-win seasons, culminating with an appearance in the AAC Championship, the school’s first since 2018. Central Florida ranked 16th in the nation in total offense with 469.6 yards per game and 9th in rushing with 228.4 yards per game. In 2021, Malzahn began his tenure at Central Florida with a 7-0 home record and was one of three finalists for the Steve Spurrier Award for best head coach in the first year with a team. Prior to UCF, Malzahn led Auburn to a 68-35 record, winning 1 SEC Championship, 2 SEC West titles, and six New Year’s Day bowl games while making eight-straight postseason appearances. In 2013, Auburn reached the BCS National Championship, earning Malzahn Coach of the Year from multiple organizations. 15 of Malzahn’s players earned All-American honors while 32 were drafted into the NFL.
Born in Tampa, McGriff played baseball at Jefferson High School and the University of Georgia before making his major league debut in 1986 with the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1988, he hit 34 home runs, the first of seven-consecutive seasons with over thirty home runs. McGriff led the AL in home runs with 36 in 1989 and topped the NL in 1992 with the San Diego Padres, going yard 35 times. The five-time All-Star joined the Atlanta Braves in 1993 and became a leader during Atlanta’s most successful era. McGriff hit a career-high 37 home runs that season, finishing fourth in MVP voting, one of six career top-ten finishes for the league’s top award. In 1994, he was named All-Star Game MVP, and the following year swiped two home runs in the World Series, leading the Braves to the title. The following season, he hit a career-high 107 RBIs, but the Braves lost in the World Series. McGriff led the MLB in home runs from 1989 to 1994 and is one of only two players to hit thirty-plus home runs for five teams. A career .284 hitter with 2,490 hits, 493 homeruns, and 1,550 RBIs, McGriff was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this past December as a member of the 2023 class.
Norvell, head coach at Florida State since 2019, completed the Seminoles’ first ten-win season since 2016, concluding with a thrilling 35-32 victory over Oklahoma in the Cheez-It Bowl in front of 61,520 at Camping World Stadium. Florida State finished No. 11 in the AP Poll and No. 10 in the Coaches Poll and was the only team in the country to lead its conference in total offense and total defense. The Seminoles were one of two teams in the country to average at least 270 passing yards and 210 rushing yards per game. Prior to joining FSU, Norvell went 38-15 at Memphis over four seasons, appearing in three-straight AAC championships. In 2019, the Tigers posted 12 wins, and Norvell was named a finalist for both the Eddie Robinson and Bear Bryant Coach of the Year awards. From 2016-19, Norvell was one of only two coaches whose teams scored 500 points a season.
A 15-year NBA veteran, most with the Orlando Magic as well as several years with the LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, and Memphis Grizzlies, Outlaw played 914 games, amassing nearly 5,000 points, 4,500 rebounds, and 1,450 assists. During his 1997-98 season with Orlando, he had career highs in points per game (9.5) and rebounds per game (7.8). A former Southwest Conference Co-Player of the Year with the University of Houston in 1993, Outlaw averaged 14.0 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Cougars and led the NCAA Division I in field goal percentage with .684. Since retiring in 2007, Outlaw has been a Community Ambassador for the Orlando Magic.
Former Florida State wide receiver Kenny Shaw is an Orlando native and Dr. Phillips High School graduate who appeared in 52 games for the ‘Noles between 2010 and 2013. While in Tallahassee, Shaw racked up 124 total catches for 1,919 yards and 14 receiving touchdowns as Florida State took home three ACC Atlantic Division titles and two ACC championships. Shaw was also FSU’s third-leading receiver and earned an All-ACC Third Team nod during the 2013-14 season, which ended with the program’s most recent BCS National Championship. Shaw also caught four passes for 64 yards in Florida State’s win over Notre Dame in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl (now Cheez-It Bowl). His professional career included stints with the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders (2014) as well as stops with Toronto, Ottawa, Saskatchewan and Edmonton of the CFL.
Starks grew up in Miami and joined his hometown Miami Hurricanes in 1996, recording a team-high three interceptions as the Canes went 9-3 and finished second in the ACC. His senior year, he again led the team with 3 interceptions and earned All-Big East honors. Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 1998 NFL Draft, Starks excelled in the bruising Raves defense, grabbing 20 interceptions over his first four seasons. In 2000, he had 6 interceptions during the regular season and another 3 in the playoffs, including a third-quarter pick-six in Super Bowl XXXV, giving the Ravens a 17-0 lead over the New York Giants. The Ravens went on to win the game 34-7. A season later, Starks joined the Arizona Cardinals, where he added another 5 interceptions and 1 touchdown over two seasons before finishing his career in New England and Oakland. He finished his eight-season career with 345 tackles, 25 interceptions, and 2 touchdowns. Since retiring, he’s enjoyed coaching youth football and is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and owner of Quanstar Limousine Service in South Florida.
After growing up in Cucq, France, Stewart starred as a center and power forward at the University of California where he became the school’s all-time career shot-blocker with 207. His 59 blocks during his freshman season rank first in school history, and he owns Cal’s top-4 single-season totals. Despite being undrafted, Stewart signed with the Sacramento Kings and led the team in blocks during his rookie season with 195, finishing 2nd in the NBA. In a 1998 game against the LA Clippers, Stewart blocked a career-high 9 shots. After serving as an NBA Player Rep for most of his career, Stewart transitioned into business where he’s now Vice President and Director of Business Development for the Unison Group, LLC in Orlando.
The son of a golf course superintendent, Thorpe grew up in Roxboro, North Carolina, where he earned a football scholarship to play running back at Morgan State University. He followed his passion for golf and turned pro in 1972, winning three times on the PGA Tour. In 1985, he won the Greater Milwaukee Open, three strokes ahead of Jack Nicklaus. His two other Tour victories came in the Seiko-Tucson Match Play. In 1984, he tied for fourth in the U.S. Open, his highest finish in a major. That same year, he also finished in the same spot in The Players Championship and posted top-ten finishes in the 1986 PGA Championship and the 1987 U.S. Open. Moving onto the Champions Tour, Thorpe won 13 times from 2000 to 2007 and won his only career major in The Countrywide Tradition in 2002, defeating John Jacobs in a playoff. Thorpe spends much of his time teaching golf to inner city youth and has raised money for a number of charities, including First Tee, the Boys and Girls Club, Special Olympics, and the Urban League to name a few. In 2012, Thorpe was named the Ambassador to the Tobago Junior Golf Academy.
Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, Tuohy joined the staff at the University of Central Florida in 2021 as an Associate Athletic Director of Football and Chief of Staff. He served a similar role at Liberty in 2020 and was Assistant Director of Football Operations at Arkansas from 2018 to 2019. While earning a graduate degree in Humanistic Studies at SMU, Tuohy was a Special Teams Assistant. He’s currently pursuing his doctorate in Strategic Leadership. As an undergrad at Loyola University of Maryland, Tuohy played basketball for four years, leading the school to its second-ever twenty-win season. His career highlight included scoring at the legendary Allen Fieldhouse. Tuohy’s brother, Michael Oher, was an eight-year NFL veteran, and he and his family were featured in the bestselling book and award-winning movie “The Blind Side.” He serves on the board for the Making It Happen Foundation and the Tempo Foundation.
An elite cornerback for 18 NFL seasons, Woodson made 9 Pro Bowls and earned 3 All-Pro honors while with the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers. At the University of Michigan, the two-time All-American won the Heisman Trophy in 1997 before being selected by the Oakland Raiders with the 4th pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. He spent his first 7 seasons with the Raiders, earning AP Rookie of the Year in 1999. With the Packers, Woodson was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, won Super Bowl XLV, and later became the first NFL player to record 50 interceptions and 20 sacks. His 65 career interceptions rank fifth all-time, and in 2021, Woodson was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.