Brad Edwards Named Director of Athletics at George Mason University

June 2nd, 2014 | by CollegeAD
Brad Edwards Named Director of Athletics at George Mason University
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George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera announced today that Brad Edwards will become the university’s next athletic director. The former Washington Redskin will become the fifth athletic director in George Mason’s history.

Edwards, who has served as athletic director at Jacksonville University since 2012, replaces Tom O’Connor, who announced his retirement in March after 20 years with the Patriots and 40 years in NCAA Division I athletics.

“I am incredibly thankful to Dr. Cabrera and the Mason community for this opportunity, an opportunity I’ve spent years working toward,” Edwards says. “I also want to thank Tom O’Connor for the outstanding job he has done in building the Patriot brand, and it is my mission to aggressively build on that foundation while also blazing a new path forward with great energy, enthusiasm and a highly competitive spirit.”

In Edwards’ first year a Jacksonville University, the Dolphins got off to a terrific start winning five regular season or conference tournament championships and having five student-athletes achieve All-American recognition, along with three conference Coach of the Year designations. Academically, JU had the Atlantic Sun Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year, received four NCAA Public Recognition Awards, and had the highest cumulative program GPA on record with nine teams achieving over a 3.2 GPA.


Over the course of the year, Edwards and the leadership team at Jacksonville raised a department record of approximately $5,000,000 in new capital gifts for athletic facilities, spearheading the development of a 5,500 seat expansion with a new press box to the Football and Lacrosse stadium, a new Softball office/locker room complex with covered batting cage, and a new Lacrosse team meeting room.

Edwards’ work in higher education began in 1999 after a successful nine-year career in the NFL, joining the University of South Carolina Athletics Department in the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Development. Edwards eventually rose to Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO where he oversaw all financial operations during a time of unprecedented growth with the annual revenue budget increasing from $28,000,000 to total revenue from all sources of over $52,000,000. During his tenure, Edwards played a primary role in the development of over $170,000,000 in revenue, construction projects, and project financing and subsequently received a letter of commendation from the S.C. State Treasurers Office for his handling of the Department’s financial and business affairs.

Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Carolina. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Marketing Management Program, as well as the Executive Management and Leadership Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He was a standout athlete for the University of South Carolina Gamecock football team, earning second-team All-American honors after the 1987 season. He went on to play free safety in the NFL for nine seasons after being drafted in the second round of the 1988 draft by the Minnesota Vikings.

He will be introduced during a news conference on June 9 and will officially start work July 1, 2014. Check out AD search timeline for the George Mason AD search.
 

George Mason AD Search Timeline

 
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  • March 25th, 2014—Tom O’Connor announced he will retire after 20 years as George Mason’s athletic director and 40 years in NCAA Division I athletics. “A Patriot legend is retiring,” said Ángel Cabrera, president of George Mason University. “Tom has devoted his career to building an athletic department that has made this university proud.” He will step down this summer. D1 Athletic Director jobs open.
  • May 16th, 2014—Sources tell College AD that George Mason will bring the finalists for Director of Athletics on campus next week for interviews. We are also told the university will name their next athletic director by the end of the month. George Mason is using Parker Executive Search to find the Patriots next athletic director.
  • June 2nd, 2014—George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera announced today that Brad Edwards will become the university’s next athletic director. The former Washington Redskin will become the fifth athletic director in George Mason’s history. Edwards, who has served as athletic director at Jacksonville University since 2012, replaces Tom O’Connor, who announced his retirement in March after 20 years with the Patriots and 40 years in NCAA Division I athletics.


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