Georgia Tech's new AD Radakovich comes from LSU

Updated: February 22, 2006, 8:13 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Dan Radakovich was hired as Georgia Tech's athletic director Wednesday after spending the last four years as the top aide to LSU's athletic director.

He signed a five-year contract with an annual base salary of $425,000. A compensation clause in the deal allows for bonuses depending on how long he stays and how well the sports programs perform. Radakovich will begin his new job April 1, replacing Dave Braine -- who resigned Jan. 11 after nine years.

"He brings a unique combination of enthusiasm for sports, concern for the student, experience in athletic administration, business experience and communication skills that are needed in today's complex world of intercollegiate athletics," Georgia Tech president Wayne Clough said.

Radakovich, an administrator in college sports for more than 19 years, was the senior associate athletic director at LSU under Skip Bertman.

"This new job is a culmination of many hard worked years of carrying different roles throughout my career," Radakovich said. "There's no better city or state than Atlanta, Ga."

Auburn interviewed Radakovich for its AD vacancy in 2004 and South Carolina did the same last year.

"He oversaw budgets, did football scheduling, oversaw maintenance," Bertman said. "His job included a little bit of everybody's job. That's what made him so knowledgeable and that's what will make him so valuable to Georgia Tech."

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