Oct. 29, 2012
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech president G.P. “Bud” Peterson confirmed today that the director of athletics, Dan Radakovich, has resigned to accept a similar position at Clemson University.
“Since he came to Georgia Tech in 2006, Dan has overseen a significant expansion of our athletics facilities,” Peterson said. “Under his leadership, our student-athletes have continued to excel, winning both conference and national championships. It has been a pleasure to work with him, and we wish Dan and his wife, Marcie, the very best in his new position.”
Senior Associate Athletics Director Paul Griffin has agreed to serve as acting athletics director. Georgia Tech will conduct a national search to fill the director of athletics position.
“We are thankful to Dan for his leadership and grateful that Paul Griffin has agreed to continue the strong leadership of our athletics department. This will provide the kind of continuity we will need as we look ahead to the future of athletics at Georgia Tech,” Peterson said.
STATEMENTS FROM GEORGIA TECH HEAD COACHES
Paul Johnson, football head coach
“Dan did a lot of good things for Georgia Tech athletics over the past six-and-a-half years. I appreciate everything he has done for me and my family, and I wish him and his family the best.”
Brian Gregory, men’s basketball head coach
“I’m appreciative for all that Dan has done for me personally and for our program. I’m thankful that he honored me with the opportunity to re-build this great program. He has a great understanding of the steps needed to be successful in this process. I’m also thankful for his tremendous vision in getting the new McCamish Pavilion built and for helping provide us with a tremendous home court in which to play.”
MaChelle Joseph, women’s basketball head coach
“Dan Radakovich has been instrumental in the success of our women’s basketball program. We will miss him and his family, but wish them continued success.”
Danny Hall, head baseball coach
“I want to congratulate Dan, and I wish him and his family the very best. I am very grateful for what Dan has done for me and my family, but more importantly, for his tremendous support of the baseball program.”
A PORTION OF RADAKOVICH’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT TECH
In his capacity as Georgia Tech athletics director, Radakovichwas responsible for overseeing more than 400 student-athletesrepresenting the Institute in 17 varsity sports. In total, GeorgiaTech teams won 14 ACC championships and nine ACC regular seasontitles during Radakovich’s tenure. Yellow Jacket teams have alsomade 51 NCAA postseason or bowl appearances, and women’s tenniscaptured the 2007 NCAA championship. During 2011-12:
— The Yellow Jackets captured three ACC championships – in golf,softball and baseball.
— Tech participated in NCAA postseason play in women’s basketball,golf, women’s tennis, softball and baseball.
— The football team participated in a bowl game for the 15thconsecutive season.
— The women’s basketball team advanced to the ACC Tournament titlegame and the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.Construction on new facilities or upgrades to existing ones hasbeen a focus of Radakovich’s tenure, including:
— McCamish Pavilion – the renovated new home for Georgia Techmen’s and women’s basketball
— Ground broken on the Ken Byers Tennis Complex
— John and Mary Brock Football Indoor Practice Facility
— Shirley Clements Mewborn Field, home for Tech’s softballprogram
— Zelnak Center, a practice facility for Georgia Techbasketball