Radakovich rewarded — updated with terms

Athletic director Dan Radakovichdzwszz and women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph received five-year contract extensions through 2015, the Georgia Tech Athletic Association announced on Tuesday.

Radakovich’s contract stipulates that he will receive a guaranteed $600,000 in 2011, increasing annually to $680,000 in 2015. The guaranteed salary for years 2011-13 didn’t change when comparing terms of the old contract to the new. There is no buyout clause.

Joseph will receive a guaranteed $363,000 in 2011, increasing annually to $453,000 in 2015.

Radakovich, 52, is in his fifth year at Tech. During his time, he has hired football coach Paul Johnson, oversaw the construction of Shirley Mewborn field, the Zelnak Center, and is in the beginning stages of the renovations to Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

“I am extremely appreciative of the confidence that (Georgia Tech President) Dr. (Bud) Peterson and the Board have shown in me,” Radakovich said in a statement. “And I am very happy to see MaChelle continue to build our women’s basketball program as she has done since she first arrived at Georgia Tech.”

A few other things of note during 2009-10 while Radakovich was athletics director, courtesy of ramblinwreck.com:

  • Teams combined to produce a won-loss record of 213-80 (.727), the highest winning percentage at Georgia Tech in modern history.
  • Georgia Tech participated in NCAA postseason play and/or bowl games in football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball and golf.
  • Tech was the only school in the country to play in a BCS bowl game (Orange Bowl), host an NCAA baseball regional and advance to the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
  • The Yellow Jackets won four ACC championships: football, golf, softball and women’s tennis.
  • Academically, Georgia Tech’s Academic Progress Report (APR) scores improved for the third consecutive year. Five teams were recognized by the NCAA for producing an APR score that ranked among the top 10 percent in each respective sport.
  • The football team won the ACC championship outright for the first time since 1990, played in a bowl game for the 13th straight year, two Yellow Jackets were taken in the first round of the NFL draft, and Paul Johnson became the first coach ever to be named ACC Coach of the Year in his first two seasons in the conference.
  • The men’s and women’s basketball teams both won 23 games and both earned NCAA Tournament bids. Coach Paul Hewitt’s team advanced to the championship game of the ACC Tournament.
  • The baseball and softball teams both earned top-eight national seeds and hosted NCAA regionals. Women’s tennis also hosted NCAA 1st- and 2nd-round matches.
  • The ACC champion golf team advanced to the final eight of the NCAA championships.
  • The volleyball team, under first-year coach Tonya Johnson, earned the program’s first NCAA bid since 2004.

In other news, linebacker Osahon Tongo, a native of Naperville, Ill., has voluntarily left the football team.

15 comments Add your comment


June 29th, 2010
11:32 am

Good move by Tech. Dan is the real deal!

in other related news

June 29th, 2010
11:42 am

georgia tech university was forced to roll over phew hewitt the gt basketball coach’s yet again despite inferior results and coaching.

it is a shame that hewitt has no scruples or conscience.


June 29th, 2010
12:01 pm

Dan R’s “Good Word” column on the alumni website did a great job putting the recent athletic performance in perspective. Lots to be proud of in the GT athletic program. Keep up the good work Dan!


June 29th, 2010
12:02 pm

good luck to tongo in whatever he is up to. appreciate the effort you gave to the team.


June 29th, 2010
12:23 pm

In Other Related News, it’s the Georgia Institute of Technology, Muttlander!

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Kenny D

June 29th, 2010
2:34 pm

it will be hard to surpass this year’s overall success, but Dan R is the man for the job


June 29th, 2010
6:26 pm

Very good and well deserved — but not as good as Hewitt’s — which is certainly not deserved. Hopefully one day we’ll fix it.

Chuck Allison

June 29th, 2010
7:46 pm

But DRad has failed in his efforts to find a way to remove Paul Hewitt.


June 30th, 2010
8:27 am

UGA 30 – GT 24!!!!!!!!!!!!
UGA 73 – GT 66!!!!!!!!!!!!!


WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Georgia Tech!!

June 30th, 2010
9:22 am

Doug, thanks for the article but could do a better job framing the Tongo blurb. The young man graduated from Tech and has a job. He didn’t leave the team because he was dis-illusioned or anything negative. He succeeded in what he came here to do: get a great education at one of the top schools in the nation. He is to be lauded, not mentioned as an afterthought.


June 30th, 2010
2:12 pm

Saint Simon
Everytime I start to feel a little sorry for the mutts (football team ranked 64th), I see some unemployed ne`er do well bulldug who has nothing better to do than read Tech Blogs and display his intellectual shortcomings. Good luck, Simon.

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June 30th, 2010
6:55 pm

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June 30th, 2010
9:11 pm

Please don’t judge UGA by people like Simon. First of all, he’s probably not old enough to be a UGA student, and for that matter, he probably won’t be able to be admitted when he is. On the other hand, if he is a UGA student or alumnus, he is just an embarassment to them.


July 1st, 2010
9:58 pm

What the hell is Georgia Tech University?