|Title:||Director of Athletics|
Now in his 26th year as Director of Athletics at Georgia Regents University Augusta, 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 was recently selected to the NCAA’s Division II 40th Anniversary Team for his collegiate efforts as a standout men’s basketball player at Belmont Abbey (N.C.) College. On Oct. 5, 2013, Bryant will be inducted into the BAC Hall of Fame.
He oversees a 13-sport Athletics department that has consistently battled for conference and regional honors. Under Bryant’s leadership, Jaguar programs have enjoyed prosperity on and off the playing fields and courts.
GRU Augusta has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last seven seasons, with 43 Jaguar teams qualifying for NCAA Regional competition -- including seven in 2011-12 -- while 28 of the teams earned national rankings in their respective sports. In May, 2012, GRU Augusta 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 GRU Augusta Athletics programs. 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 GRU Augusta 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. In 2010, he was named chairman of the press, marketing, promotions and advertising committee of the prestigious Electrolux 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 GRU Augusta also includes nine seasons as the Jaguars’ men’s basketball head coach from 1988-1997. During his stint, the Jags 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 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 adult daughters, Lauren Ashley (24), a graduate of Georgetown University and resident of Washington, D.C.; and Kristin Amanda (23), a recent graduate of Wake Forest University who now lives in Boston, Mass.