Clemson Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich heading to Miami

FILE PHOTO: Clemson AD Dan Radakovich at Prowl & Growl
FILE PHOTO: Clemson AD Dan Radakovich at Prowl & Growl
Published: Dec. 9, 2021 at 11:37 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2021 at 11:45 AM EST
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CLEMSON, S.C. (WYFF) - The University of Miami has officially named Dan Radakovich as vice president and director of athletics, after a decade spent as Clemson as the Tigers’ director of athletics.

“I am so grateful to President Frenk and the University’s Board of Trustees for this incredible opportunity,” said Radakovich, in the University’s official statement. “Their commitment to Miami Athletics’ comprehensive pursuit of excellence and championships is what brought me back to Miami. As a unified Hurricane family—students, alumni, donors, and fans—there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. We are going to set the bar high and jump over it.”

The Athletic reports that Radakovich signed a deal worth more than $2 million annually, compared to the $1.3 million he was making at Clemson.

Radakovich was hired at Clemson in December 2012, after six years in the same capacity at Georgia Tech. Since taking over the athletics department at Clemson, the 63-year-old has helped spearheaded more than $180 million in facility enhancements, including the Reeves Football Operations Complex and renovating Littlejohn Coliseum, as well as McWhorter Stadium, which opened in 2020 for Clemson softball’s inaugural season.

Just last month, work began on $65 million worth of renovations to Memorial Stadium, which include improvements to the West Endzone Concourse Club and videoboard upgrades, which will be complete in time for the start of next season, and locker room and Lot 5 changes to take place the following offseason.

Under Radakovich’s watch, department revenue nearly doubled from $69 million in 2014 to more than $120 million in 2019. In 2018, he oversaw Clemson’s new 10-year, $58 million contract extension with Nike which spans all athletics.

Radakovich was named Sports Business Daily’s Athletic Director of the Year in 2017 at the Sports Business Awards, and was a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee from 2014-2017.

His return to Miami comes more than 30 years after he left Coral Gables. Radakovich graduated from the University of Miami Business School in 1982 with a master’s degree in business administration, and started his career in the athletic department there.

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