John David Wicker was introduced as San Diego State University's new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics on Oct. 24, 2016.
Wicker was SDSU's Deputy Athletic Director from 2011 until leaving for Georgia Tech in July 2015. During his first term at SDSU, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Aztecs athletics department, overseeing business operations, human resources, events and facilities, capital projects, strength and conditioning, academics, video and sport oversight for football, rowing, and men's and women's basketball.
Prior to his time at SDSU, he was the Associate Athletic Director for Event and Facility Operations at Washington State from 2001-2011. While at Washington State, he was responsible for event planning and game day responsibilities for all home athletic events, conference tournaments and NCAA championships, day-to-day oversight and operations of all athletic facilities, and the liaison for the athletic department on capital projects.
From 1999 to 2001 Wicker served as Director of Event and Facility Operations at Southern Miss. At USM, he oversaw regular season and championship event operations, coordinated day-to-day maintenance of facilities, and was the liaison to the university on all capital projects. He also oversaw the design and initial construction of USM's $11 million Athletic Center, which houses administrative and coaching offices, football locker room, weight room and training area.
Wicker also spent three years at Georgia, from (1996-1999), where he also worked for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games in preparation for the 1996 Summer Olympics as the venue logistics manager for Sanford Stadium, home to the medal rounds for men's and women's soccer.
Wicker takes over an athletic department that has enjoyed great success in recent years. The football team, which posted a 10-2 record in 2017 and enjoyed back-to-back 11-win seasons in 2015 and 2016, will make its eighth consecutive bowl game appearance in 2017. Men's basketball has been to the postseason 11 of the last 12 years. Teams, from water polo to men's and women's golf, to baseball and softball, have combined for 37 Mountain West championships since the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.
Wicker graduated from Mississippi State in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in professional accountancy. He received his master's degree in education with an emphasis in sports management from Georgia in 1997.
Wicker resides in Santee, Calif., with his wife, Rachel, and daughters, Scarlett Anne and Waverly Lile.