Dan Radakovich, director of athletics at Georgia Tech, was introduced Monday (Oct. 29) as Clemson University's new AD, concluding a three-month national search that drew more than 30 candidates.
In announcing the decision, Clemson President James F. Barker described Radakovich as the right person to build on the strong foundation created under the leadership of current AD Terry Don Phillips, who announced his plans to retire in August.
"Dan Radakovich understands the academic, business and competitive aspects of college athletics. He knows what it takes to win championships, he has a proven track record in fundraising and revenue growth, and he is committed to compliance and student-athlete welfare," Barker said. "He has been successful in the ACC and SEC, and he is known and respected among coaches and athletic directors nationwide."
Radakovich has served as Georgia Tech's AD since 2006, following a five-year tenure as senior associate athletics director at Louisiana State University - a period when LSU won a national championship in football. He previously served as athletics director at American University and associate athletics director at the University of South Carolina.
"I am truly honored to be joining the Clemson family, and I wish to express my appreciation to President Barker and the board of trustees for this incredible opportunity," he said. "Clemson is synonymous with success on and off the fields of competition, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence."
Georgia Tech has had consistent success throughout its total sports program under Radakovich's guidance. The program has had 51 teams advance 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.
Eleven different sports 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.
On an individual basis, the program boasts 51 first-team All-Americans in 10 different sports, 30 academic All-Americans, two National Coach of the Year selections and two National Player of the Year selections. The program has had 13 ACC Coach of the Year and 13 ACC Player of the Year choices as well.
In making the announcement, Barker paid tribute to outgoing AD Phillips for helping make the position "one of the best jobs in America by building a program that is financially healthy, academically and athletically successful, and has some of the nation's best facilities, coaches, compliance and academic support programs."
Clemson Coaches quotes on hiring of Dan
Jack Leggett's thoughts on AD hire:
"I'm very impressed with what Dan has had to say and I am excited about his enthusiasm for Clemson and his excitement and passion for what this challenge holds for him. I have known him some through his work on the ACC Baseball Committee and I have always had a lot of respect for the program at Georgia Tech. I think he has really good communication skills."
Head Football Coach Dabo Swinney
"The committee has done a tremendous job and took their task very seriously. I don't have a lot of working knowledge about Dan personally, but everything that I have heard of him is very positive.
"Paul Johnson has talked to me numerous times about his thoughts on Dan and they've all been very positive. I'm excited about getting started. I look forward spending time with Dan and talking about his experiences and helping him learn about Clemson and our program.
"He has a good background in raising revenue. There are a lot of positives that he will be able to carry from his career experiences, especially at Georgia Tech. I have a lot of respect for Georgia Tech and what they have been able to do throughout the years.
Head Men's Basketball Coach Brad Brownell:
"I certainly want to welcome Dan and his family to Clemson. I'm really excited to have a man with his kind of experience. He brings a wealth of experience from a many types of institutions. I'm eager to sit down and talk to him about the recent facilities at Georgia Tech, and how we can work together to put our vision for the future for Clemson basketball."
"His recent work at Georgia Tech with their new facility tells me he sees the significance of having first-class facilities for the student-athletes. If you want to be successful in the ACC in basketball, you've got to provide your student-athletes and coaches with the type of facility that will give them the opportunity to be at their best.
"The fact that he's done that in the past couple years with both a practice facility and an arena is exciting because he knows what it takes and how to get things done."
Head Women's Basketball Coach Itoro Coleman:
"I want to welcome Dan to Tigertown. With the experiences that he has, we are looking forward to his leadership. He spoke about the practice facility, which is something that's high on our agenda right now, and I am looking forward to sitting down to speak with him about it. I would love to see where he could take it. I'm excited about what can happen here under his leadership."