Clemson has hired Dan Radakovich as their new athletic director. Radakovich has served as the AD at Georgia Tech since February of 2006. In that time Radakovich has compiled quite a list of accomplishments. He led a successful renovation of Alexander Memorial Coliseum, which will re-open as McCarnish Pavilion next month. Radakovich also contributed to a new indoor football facility, a softball stadium, and a tennis complex.
Although, he has also had a negative spotlight on him during his time at Georgia Tech. During his term Georgia Tech was stripped of their 2009 ACC football title, placed on NCAA probation, and fined $100,000 for giving unacceptable benefits to two football players. The investigation was compromised when Georgia Tech staff members tipped off the two players about the upcoming interviews with the NCAA. Despite this dark time in his career, Radakovich managed to keep his job as AD, which speaks volumes.
Radakovich has the credentials and financial savvy to succeed at Clemson. His list of applicable positions include; Athletics Business Manager at Miami from 1983-1985, Associate AD at Long Beach State from 1989-1994, Associate AD at South Carolina from 1994-2000, AD at American University from 2000-2001, Senior Associate AD at LSU from 2001-2006, and AD at Georgia Tech from 2006 to the present.
At South Carolina Radakovich managed $33,000,000 in facility improvements, and helped manage the logistics of the new Colonial Center Arena where the Gamecock’s basketball teams currently call home. He also helped American University get into the Patriot League. At LSU he was involved in the $90,000,000 renovation of Tiger Stadium.
Most recently, for Georgia Tech, Radakovich was responsible for the hiring of Head Football Coach Paul Johnson. Also, in his first year he considerably improved the sale of season tickets.
Radakovich has been rumored to be linked to the AD openings at Miami, Texas A&M, and Tennessee, although he has denied these reports. It would have been sensible to think he could end up at Miami, the school to give him his first job in the business, but he will end up running the show at Clemson. Clemson has a lot to look forward to given the financial prowess of Radakovich. He has made significant improvements to every program he has worked for and we shouldn’t expect any different in Clemson, South Carolina.