The Florida International Panthers have experienced a good bit of success over the last 10 years and it is mostly because of athletic director Pete Garcia. However, amidst the controversy of him firing Mario Cristobal in 2012, Garcia has announced he will step down from his position in 2018.
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported that Garcia will remain in his position until July 31, 2018. He will then step down after what will be a 12-year run with the school at the time.
FIU AD Pete Garcia will remain for 2 years, but is stepping down July 31, 2018
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 16, 2016
“Leading FIU has been one of my most rewarding and exciting experiences,” Garcia said in a statement. “However, after months of personal reflection, I believe it is important to explore new professional challenges.”
Pete Garcia helped the Golden Panthers move from the Sun Belt to Conference USA in 2012. The school has seen 16 conference championships and 20 postseason appearances across the board since Garcia took over in 2006.
However, fans began calling for his job after Garcia inexplicably fired Cristobal following the 2012 season. Cristobal led the Panthers to their only football conference title in 2010 and their last bowl appearance in 2011.