One to Watch: Randy Spetman

Randy Spetman, FSU’s new athletic director, settles into his postOne to Watch: Randy Spetman

By Scott Carter

The day he moved into his spacious fourth-floor office at Doak Campbell Stadium in February, Randy Spetman instantly became one of Tallahassee’s most prominent citizens. As the athletic director for Florida State University, Spetman has one of the city’s highest-profile jobs.

After a 28-year career in the Air Force – Spetman served in various leadership roles, including chief of bomber planning during operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm – the native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, embarked on a career in athletics administration.

He arrived at FSU following a four-year stint as athletic director at Utah State. In his short time in Tallahassee, Spetman and his wife, Becky, have quickly made a new home.

“I found the community to be extraordinary, especially the passion for Florida State University athletics,” Spetman says. “It’s a very warm community. The people are helpful and honest. It’s a city with a small-town atmosphere.”

When Spetman breaks away from the office or the constant stream of meetings, you’ll probably find him outside working in the yard or planting a new flowerbed.

“I love to garden,” he says. “When we bought our home, a lawn service stopped by and wanted to know if they could start. I said, ‘No, I’m going to do my own lawn.’ They kind of looked at me strange,’’ he says. “I’m in a nice neighborhood where most people have a lawn service. I get a lot of good thinking done out there and don’t mind doing the work.”

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