Clemson University

Graham Neff
Acting Director of Athletics

Graham Neff

Graham Neff was named the Acting Director of Athletics by Clemson President Jim Clements on Dec. 9, 2021. Now in his eighth year at Clemson, Neff has made significant impact on the direction of the athletic department. In his role as the Deputy Director of Athletics, Neff works closely with Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich on both short-and-long terms planning and execution. He has overseen more than $200 million in capital projects, assisted in the negotiation of several high-value contracts and helped shape Clemson’s athletic department physically, operationally and financially.

Neff has helped develop several key areas of the department, including the financial philosophy, fundraising, student-athlete welfare, and external operations management, and in 2019 was named one of Sports Business Daily’s Power Players.

As Deputy AD, Neff serves as the sport supervisor for Clemson’s national champion football program and the men’s basketball program. Neff works consistently with key university stakeholders, including the university Executive Leadership Team, The Board of Trustees, IPTAY Board of Directors, Athletics Council, as well as several university committees and appointments.

Prior to his role as Deputy AD, he joined Clemson in 2013 as Associate AD of Finance and Facilities. Before Clemson, Neff served two-plus years several senior administrative roles at Middle Tennessee State Athletics, with emphasis in finance, facilities and external operations.

A civil engineering graduate of Georgia Tech, he served as a student manager for Coach Paul Hewitt and the men’s basketball program, advancing to a Final Four in 2004. Neff worked in the Financial Advisory Services group at Deloitte and Touche from 2006 to 2008, prior to returning to a finance and ticketing role at the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. He earned an MBA from Georgia Tech in 2010.

Neff and his wife Kristin have three sons, Grady, Emmett and Nolan.