Dan Radakovich was named the 14th Director of Athletics in University of Miami history on Dec. 8, 2021, returning to his roots as one of the nation’s most decorated and successful college athletics administrators.
Radakovich, who most recently served as Director of Athletics at Clemson for nine years, launched his career at UM in 1983 as the Hurricanes’ athletic business manager, an experience which charted a course that has now spanned seven schools and 30-plus years as a visionary leader in all aspects of college athletics.
Radakovich is the immediate past President of LEAD1, which represents athletic directors at the Division I level. He was named 2017 SportsBusiness Journal Athletic Director of the Year after being a finalist in 2015. In 2014, Radakovich was one of 13 people, including one of only five FBS Directors of Athletics, to be named to first College Football Playoff committee.
At Clemson, Radakovich oversaw the most successful stretch in Tigers football history as the program won two national championships (2016, 2018), six ACC titles and made six College Football Playoff appearances.
Prior to his arrival, Radakovich amassed a wealth of experience serving in significant athletic administrative roles at Georgia Tech, LSU, American, South Carolina, Long Beach State and UM.
Radakovich came to Clemson from Georgia Tech, where he served as Director of Athletics for six years (2006-12). Prior to his tenure at Georgia Tech, Radakovich worked as a Senior Associate Athletic Director at LSU from 2001-06. He had many responsibilities that dealt with the football program and worked closely with then-head coach Nick Saban, including the year the Tigers won the national title in 2003.
From 2000-01 Radakovich was Director of Athletics at American University. Between 1994 and 2000, he served as Chief Financial Officer at South Carolina. He gained experience on the West Coast from 1989-94, when he was a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Long Beach State. Radakovich worked at The U from 1983-85, while also earning his MBA.
Radakovich, a native of Aliquippa, Pa., is a 1980 graduate of Indiana (Pa.), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance. He was also a football letterman and student coach with the Crimson Hawk program, and he was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in 2021. He previously was enshrined into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus from Indiana in 2009.
Radakovich, born June 9, 1958, and his wife, Marcie, have two sons, Christian, a 2012 Georgia Tech graduate, and Grant, a 2015 Mercer graduate who was a tight end on Clemson’s 2016 national championship football team.