Now in his 25th year as Director of Athletics at Augusta State University, Clint Bryant has firmly established himself as one of the top administrators and leaders and advocates for equality in the state of Georgia, the Southeast and in the nation.
Named the Division II AD of the Year for the Southeast Region by NACDA (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics) in the summer of 2007, Bryant is also in his 15th year at ASU as administrative associate to the president.
He oversees a 13-sport Athletics department that has consistently battled for conference and regional honors. Under Bryant’s leadership, Jaguar and Lady Jaguar programs have enjoyed prosperity on and off the playing fields and courts.
ASU has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last six seasons, with 38 Jaguar teams qualifying for NCAA Regional competition -- including seven in 2011-12 -- while 24 of the teams earned national rankings in their respective sports. In May, 2012, ASU was named the recipient of the Peach Belt Conference Presidents’ Academic Award, a first for the University.
Highly visible and respected on the local, regional and national levels, Bryant brings an infectious enthusiasm to the university. Bryant’s work with the NCAA and USA Basketball has brought national attention to the Augusta State athletic program. In July, 2012, Bryant was honored by the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) with the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given by the association.
A member of various committees at the NCAA legislative level, Bryant was recently appointed -- for the second time -- to the NCAA’s Division II Management Council, a four-year post he assumed at the conclusion of the 2010 NCAA Convention in January.
Most recently, he served on the Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee. Most notable in his long-time record of service was his appointment to the chair of the NCAA Division II Management Council and his four-year term on the NCAA Legislation Committee, which concluded in Sept., 2005.
He also has previously served as a member of the Division II Budget and Finance Committee, chairman of the Championships Committee and the NCAA Basketball Rules Committee.
Locally, he sits on the Board of Directors of both the Forest Hills Golf Club Management Committee as well as the Shiloh Community Center. He is a member of the Voices for Georgia’s Children Board and serves on the Georgia Health Sciences University’s Committee on Quality. One of the co-founders of the NIKE Peach Jam, Bryant also is a board member for the City Classic college football game.
Most recently, he was named chairman of the press, marketing, promotions and advertising committee of the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley Golf Club.
Heavily involved in the community, Bryant is a Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Augusta. He is a past member of the United Way of the CSRA Board of Directors, a past president of the 100 Black Men of Augusta, Inc., and a past honorary chairman of the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia (1992).
In 2012, the Augusta Kiwanis Club honored Bryant with the George B. Barrett Award, which is presented annually to the member who best embodies leadership qualities and civic contributions. Bryant also received the Paul Harris Fellow Award in August, 2011 from the Augusta Rotary Club. The award is the highest honor the club can bestow on a member.
Bryant’s tenure at ASU also includes nine seasons as ASU’s men’s basketball head coach from 1988-1997. During his stint, the Jaguars posted 106 victories and enjoyed three straight 17-win seasons from 1991-94. He was named the Big South Coach-of-the-Year following the 1990-91 campaign. Prior to his arrival in Augusta, Bryant served as an assistant coach under Bill Foster at Clemson from 1977-84 and as an assistant coach and associate head coach under Foster at Miami (Fla.) from 1984-1988.
Bryant earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey College in 1977 and received a master’s degree in Personnel Services in 1980 from Clemson University. At Belmont, he received the Marty Thomas Scholar-Athlete Award, given annually to a student-athlete who demonstrated both academic and athletic excellence.
Bryant is married to the former Patricia Sweeney of Piedmont, S.C. They have two daughters, Lauren Ashley (24), a graduate of Georgetown University, and Kristin Amanda (23), a recent graduate of Wake Forest University.