Panel will advise President Peterson on candidates
Statement from Georgia Tech President Dr. Peterson
Yellow Jacket student-athlete GSR at 76 percent in most recent data
Issue No. 156, October 25, 2012
Georgia Tech Athletics Director Dan Radakovich gives his 2012 State of Georgia Tech Athletics address to life members
The 2011-12 academic year was another extremely successful campaign in Georgia Tech athletics:
- The Yellow Jackets captured three ACC championships -- golf, softball and baseball.
- Tech participated in NCAA postseason play in women's basketball, golf, women's tennis, softball and baseball.
- The football team exceeded all expectations by winning eight games, knocking off sixth-ranked and eventual ACC champion Clemson along the way, and participated in a bowl game for the 15th straight year.
- The women's basketball program enjoyed its finest season, advancing to the ACC Tournament title game and to the NCAA Sweet 16.
- Baseball overcame numerous injuries and became the first No. 8 seed to win the ACC Tournament crown, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
- Softball continued its path as the ACC's most dominant program by winning the conference championship and playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 11th time.
- Women's tennis spent the spring ranked in the national polls and earned another NCAA postseason bid.
- The golf team, playing in one of the nation's top golf conferences, won its fourth consecutive conference championship.
- Golf's Bruce Heppler was named ACC Coach of the Year. Baseball coach Danny Hall won his 1,000th career game in the spring.
- Softball's Kelsi Weseman was named ACC Player of the Year for the second straight season.
- Academically, Georgia Tech's Academic Progress Report (APR) improved for the fifth consecutive year.
In total, Georgia Tech teams combined to win 14 ACC championships and nine ACC regular season titles in Radakovich's tenure. In addition, Yellow Jacket teams combined to make 51 NCAA postseason or bowl appearances and captured a national championship in women's tennis in 2007.
The construction of new facilities or upgrades to existing ones was the focus of Radakovich's tenure. The John and Mary Brock Football Practice Facility, which opened in August, 2011, and McCamish Pavilion, which opened in November, 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 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 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 Yellow Jacket student-athletes, and cosmetic and functional improvements to Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Outside the competition venues, Radakovich directed an overhaul of the annual giving and donation structure for Tech athletics, anchored by the TECH Fund, which establishes minimum giving levels tied to season tickets in various seating areas of Bobby Dodd Stadium and Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Radakovich also initiated the Athletic Director's Initiative Fund, started in June, 2006, which has raised in cash and pledges more than $12 million.
Radakovich has also played an integral role in fund-raising initiatives for facility projects including McCamish Pavilion, the John and Mary Brock Football Practice Facility and the Byers Tennis Complex. A 2009 gift from the Henry F. McCamish, Jr., family for the renovation of Alexander Memorial Coliseum, could be worth up to $15 million toward that project.
Named Georgia Tech's Director of Athletics on Feb. 22, 2006, Radakovich came to Georgia Tech after five years as senior associate athletics director at LSU (2001-06). He previously served as the Athletics Director at American University in 2000-01. That followed stints as associate athletics director at South Carolina (1994-2000) and Long Beach State (1989-94) as well as two years as the athletics business manager at Miami (FL) (1983-85).
Just the seventh Director of Athletics in Tech history, Radakovich was named to succeed Dave Braine, who retired after nearly nine years in the post. Radakovich also follows in the footsteps of storied names such as John Heisman, Bobby Dodd and Homer Rice.
A graduate of Center High School near Aliquippa, Pa., and a member of its Alumni Hall of Fame, Radakovich, 53, became a football letterwinner and student coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1980 with a bachelor of science degree in finance. He was enshrined into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in April, 2008, and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni from IUP in March, 2009.
Radakovich added a master's degree in business administration from Miami (FL) in 1982. He also completed the Sports Management Institute's executive education program in 1992.
He is married to the former Marcie McDonald, and the couple has two children, Christian and Grant.
Georgia Tech Directors of Athletics John Heisman, 1904-1919 William Alexander, 1920-1950 Bobby Dodd, 1950-1976 Doug Weaver, 1976-1979 Homer Rice, 1980-1997 Dave Braine, 1997-2006 Dan Radakovich, 2006-2012