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Tech taps Radakovich to lead Athletic Association

  Radakovich and Clough

In naming Tech’s new director of Athletics, President Wayne Clough highlighted Dan Radakovich’s 18 years in athletics administration, and his experience in handling the “complex athletic budgets and issues” of a major college program.

Dan Radakovich, the senior associate athletics director at Louisiana State University, has accepted a position as Georgia Tech’s new director of Athletics. Institute President Wayne Clough made the announcement during a news conference last week.

“I am pleased that Dan Radakovich has chosen to join Georgia Tech as our new athletic director,” Clough said. “He brings a unique combination of enthusiasm for sports, concern for student athletes, experience in athletic administration, business experience and communication skills that are needed in today’s complex world of intercollegiate athletics. It is my pleasure to welcome Dan, his wife Marci and their two children to Atlanta.”

With nearly 20 years of experience in collegiate athletics management positions, Radakovich comes to Tech after nearly six years at LSU. He will take over for Dave Braine, who is retiring after nine years in the post, and will be the seventh person in Tech’s history to hold the position. The selection was met with the unanimous approval of the voting members of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association Board of Trustees.

Radakovich expressed his appreciation to the search committee and the Athletic Association for the opportunity to guide Tech’s athletic programs.

“Georgia Tech has a proud history of creating leaders,” he said. “We will continue to strive for competitive excellence [in our athletic programs],” while helping student-athletes balance their multiple roles.

To do that, he cited the ongoing role of preparation and review.

“You can’t go from A to Z. You must stop at other letters of the alphabet. Sustained success doesn’t come without a process in place,” he said.

Dan Radakovich’s career
in athletics administration

May 2001 - February 2006
Senior Associate Athletics Director,
Louisiana State University

October 2000 - May 2001
Athletics Director,
American University

March 1994 - October 2000
Associate Athletics Director,
University of South Carolina

August 1989 - March 1994
Senior Associate Athletics Director,
Long Beach State University

October 1983 - October 1985
Athletic Business Manager,
University of Miami

Clough, who chaired a search committee that also included Dan Schrage, faculty representative for Athletics; Joe Irwin, president of the Alumni Association; Chuck Easley, former Tech football player and current member of the Athletic Board; and David Anderson, president of the Student Government Association, called the search “thorough and complete.”

“We have left no stone unturned and have considered candidates from around the nation, from a range of institutions and from non-traditional sources,” he said. “I want to thank my fellow search committee members who worked hard to evaluate individuals with outstanding credentials who were interested in our AD position. I am gratified by the interest we saw by top members of intercollegiate athletics in our job, and I thank each one for their participation.”

In his position at LSU, Radakovich was responsible for the day-to-day operation of an athletics program with an annual budget of more than $50 million, encompassing 20 sports and more than 450 student-athletes. He directly supervised LSU’s men’s basketball and baseball programs.

As associate athletics director at South Carolina, Radakovich directed financial operations for a $30 million athletics budget, while supervising financing and logistics for $33 million in facilities improvements. He also worked closely with then-South Carolina Athletics Director Mike McGee to lay the groundwork for the new $70 million Colonial Center Arena in downtown Columbia, S.C.

A native of Monaca, Pa., Radakovich, 47, played football and was student coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in finance. He added a master’s degree in business administration from Miami in 1982. He also completed the Sports Management Institute’s executive education program in 1992.



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