Georgia Tech

Radakovich, Joseph get extensions

Georgia Tech’s athletic association on Tuesday announced it had approved contract extensions for athletic director Dan Radakovich and women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph. Terms of the extensions were not immediately disclosed.

Both extensions are good for five years and will go through the 2015 athletic season.

Recently completing his fourth year at Georgia Tech, Radakovich has overseen the implementation of several Institute-wide initiatives, including the construction and completion of the new, state-of-the-art Zelnack practice facility, where the men’s basketball team began training this season. The inclusion of the facility freed up gym time the men’s and women’s teams had been previously forced to share inside Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Additionally, in Radakovich’s time on the Flats, the Yellow Jackets athletic programs have seen a string of recent success. This past academic year, for example, Georgia Tech teams compiled a combined .727 winning percentage, the school’s highest total in at least 30 years. (Those figures exclude golf, swimming and track).

In that same academic calendar, Georgia Tech received NCAA tournament berths from both basketball teams, the baseball and softball teams hosted NCAA Regionals and the golf and men’s and women’s tennis teams earned postseason bids, as well. The football team also enjoyed one of its best seasons in school history, winning its first outright ACC championship since 1990, and playing in its first major bowl since that season.

“I am extremely appreciative of the confidence that (Georgia Tech president) Dr. (Bud) Peterson and the Board have shown in me,” Radakovich said, according to a statement from the school. “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.”

Joseph is set to begin her eighth season at Georgia Tech. She has led the Yellow Jackets to four straight 20-win seasons and four straight national tournament appearances. Her 2009-10 team compiled a 23-10 record, matching the school’s all-time wins mark in a season.