Tech AD Radakovich leaves for Clemson

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Georgia Tech athletic director Dan Radakovich has been hired as Clemson’s AD.

Clemson President James F. Barker said

Monday that Radakovich was the right person to build on the work done by

Terry Don Phillips, who announced his retirement in August.

“I watched from down I-85 as Clemson has

assembled a great collection of coaches,” Radakovich said. “I look

forward to working with them.”

Radakovich has spent six years with the

Yellow Jackets. He has also been an athletic administrator at South

Carolina and LSU. Radakovich takes over an athletic program on the rise,

led by the defending Atlantic Coast Conference football champions.

Before coming to Georgia Tech,

Radakovich spent five years as senior associate athletics director at

LSU and was there when the Tigers won a football national championship.

While at Georgia Tech, Radakovich

oversaw 51 teams who advanced to either NCAA team tournament play or

bowl games. That includes six sports — football, baseball, women’s

basketball, softball, women’s tennis and golf — that have made the

postseason every year he has been in Atlanta.

There are been 11 sports that have

finished in the final top 25 of at least one major poll 27 times in

those six years. That includes a national championship women’s tennis

program in 2007, just the second NCAA team title in Georgia Tech

history. There have been 13 ACC championships celebrated in addition to

nine regular season conference or division titles.

Although, Radakovich was also there for

the school’s NCAA transgressions that cost them the 2009 ACC football

championship where Georgia Tech defeated Clemson. The NCAA said

Radakovich wrongly informed the football coaches that some Georgia Tech

players were going to be interviewed.

Georgia Tech was fined $100,000, placed on probation for four years along and vacated the ACC title.

Barker said the three-month search drew

about 30 candidates and Radakovich was the person who stood out as

someone who could win, help raise money and lead a department with

integrity.

“We believe we’ve found that person in Dan,” Baker said.

Radakovich said he was interested in

the opening when he heard Phillips was leaving. Radakovich said he would

spend the next two weeks or so closing Georgia Tech duties before

taking over at Clemson fulltime by the end of November.