It has not taken long for Clemson fans to understand the level of
respect Dan Radakovich has on a national level.
Just seven months after he opened his McFadden Building door, he was
named by NCAA President Mark Emmert as one of 10 athletic directors from around
the nation to a new advisory commission that will be charged with making
recommendations as to the future of NCAA rules and policies.
Radakovich became Clemson's 13th director of athletics on December
1, 2012. He came to Clemson with a
wealth of experience after serving in significant athletic administrative roles
at Miami (FL), Long Beach State, South Carolina, and Louisiana State in
addition to athletic directorships at American University and Georgia
Tech. His athletic administrative career
spans over 25 years.
Radakovich came to Clemson from nearby Georgia Tech, where he
served with distinction for six years (2006-12). Just Clemson's fifth athletic director since
1940, he replaced Terry Don Phillips, who retired after over 10 years directing
the Tiger program.
"Dan Radakovich understands the academic, business, and
competitive aspects of college athletics," said Clemson President Jim Barker in
making the announcement of his appointment on October 29, 2012.
"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.
He has been successful in the ACC and SEC, and he is known and respected
among coaches and athletic directors nationwide."
The Tiger program had a strong finish to the 2012-13 academic year
under his guidance. The program finished
with eight different teams achieving top-25 status. There were two ACC Championships recorded by
the women's track program. Both indoor
track teams had top-25 finishes and both tennis teams had top-25 finishes in
During his career at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets had 51 teams
advance to either NCAA Tournament play or bowl games in his six years.
That includes five sports (football, women's basketball, softball,
women's tennis, men's golf) that made the postseason every year that he was in
Atlanta. The baseball program missed
Eleven different sports programs finished in the top 25 of at
least one major poll 27 times. That includes a National Championship
women's tennis program in 2007, just the second NCAA team title in school
history. There were 14 ACC titles
celebrated in addition to nine regular-season conference or division titles.
The football program played in a bowl game each year he was at
Georgia Tech, including the 2010 Orange Bowl, the program's first BCS-level
bowl appearance since the 1967 Orange Bowl.
On an individual basis, the program had 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 had 13 ACC Coach-of-the-Year and 13 ACC Player-of-the-Year
choices as well.
The construction of new facilities or upgrades to existing ones
was a focus of Radakovich's tenure with the Yellow Jacket program and it
certainly will be at Clemson as well.
The John & Mary Brock Football Practice Facility, which opened in
2011, and McCamish Pavilion, which opened for basketball in 2012, are two of
the top facilities of their kind in college athletics.
Radakovich also saw the completion of Shirley Clements Mewborn
Field, home for Georgia Tech's softball program, which was unveiled prior to
the start of the 2009 season. The Zelnak
Center, a practice facility for Georgia Tech basketball, was in place prior to
the start of the 2009-10 season.
Other facility upgrades under Radakovich include the
transformation of Georgia Tech's former football locker room on the ground
floor of the Edge Athletic Center into a new Technology Center, which benefits
academic support services for all student-athletes, and cosmetic and functional
improvements to Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Radakovich also initiated the Athletic Director's Initiative Fund,
started in 2006, which raised cash and pledges of more than $12 million.
The native of Alliquipa, PA was first made aware of Clemson
athletics through the basketball exploits of Butch Zatezalo, who was also from
the same town. Zatezalo was a three-time
All-ACC player whose legendary 25-point scoring nights received a lot of
attention in Pennsylvania in the 1960s when Radakovich was a youth.
Prior to his tenure at Georgia Tech, Radakovich worked as a senior
associate athletic director at Louisiana State from 2001-06. He had many responsibilities that dealt with
the football program and worked closely with then Head Coach Nick Saban,
including the year the Tigers won the National Championship (2003).
Radakovich became a director of athletics for the first time at
American University in Washington, D.C. in 2000.
Between 1994-00, Radakovich served as chief financial officer at
South Carolina. During that time, he
worked with current Clemson football administrators Woody McCorvey and Brad
Radakovich gained experience on the West Coast from 1989-94, when
he was a senior associate athletic director with the Long Beach State
program. He got his start in
administration at Miami (FL) in 1983 as the athletic business manager.
His resumé includes experience in private business in the early
1980s, working in the Miami area for Ernst & Whinney CPA firm, The
Travelers Insurance Company, and Margaretten & Company, a mortgage banker.
Radakovich is a 1980 graduate of Indiana (PA), where he earned a
bachelor of science degree in finance.
He was also a football letterman and student coach with the Crimson Hawk
program. He was enshrined into the
Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and was recognized as a distinguished
alumnus from Indiana (PA) in 2009.
He earned his master's degree in business administration from
Miami (FL) in 1982.
Radakovich, born on June 9, 1958, and his wife, Marcie, have two
children, Christian (23), a 2012 Georgia Tech graduate, and Grant (19), a
student-athlete who plays football at Mercer.