Clemson extends contract of Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich
CLEMSON, South Carolina — Clemson University announced Monday an extension through June 30, 2022, of the contract for Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. Radakovich has served in the role since December 2012 and has led the Tiger athletic department to high achievements both on the field and in the classroom while developing significant upgrades in finances and facilities.
By nearly every measure, Radakovich led Clemson to one of the best athletic years in school history in 2015-16. With a fall semester featuring berths in the national championship games in both football and men’s soccer and Spring ACC championships in men’s golf and baseball, the Tigers recorded their highest finish in the Learfield Director’s Cup in a decade.
“Dan is without a doubt one of the best ADs in the country and I’m proud of the work our student-athletes have done in the classroom and around our community under his leadership,” President James P. Clements said. “We’ve seen incredible progress in our athletic facilities and tremendous successes on the field over the last four years, and I’m thrilled Dan wants to continue to serve at Clemson for a long time.”
In the classroom, 78 student-athletes earned degrees last year and, while competing for national titles, both football and men’s soccer recorded record GPAs. Clemson’s Graduation Success Rate and Academic Progress Rate continue to be among the nation’s best as football, men’s basketball and women’s golf were recognized among the top 10 percent nationally in APR, with football earning the distinction for the sixth-consecutive year. Earlier this month the NCAA announced Clemson had matched its school record with a 91 percent Graduation Success Rate, sixth-highest nationally among public institutions.
This fall, football has recorded 10 victories for the sixth-consecutive year and continues to be ranked among the top programs in the country, men’s soccer has earned the #3 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and women’s soccer advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Following the 2014-15 academic year, Radakovich was named a finalist for the SportsBusiness Journal Athletics Director of the Year Award. He has served on the College Football Playoff Selection Committee since its inception in 2014, and was recently elected vice chair of the LEAD1 Association, an organization of all 129 Division I directors of athletics.