Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw to retire

Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw to retire
May 1, 2013, 6:00 pm
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After 11 years at Temple, athletic director Bill Bradshaw is retiring.

Bradshaw will formally retire effective June 30 "to give full attention to personal issues within his family," but will take a personal leave starting this Friday, May 3.

"My 11 years at Temple University were among the most rewarding of my 36 years as an Athletic Director," Bradshaw said in a statement released by the university. "I will miss working with our exceptional staff and elite coaches, talented student-athletes, the campus community and the many friends of Temple Athletics who supported our vision and helped create a program poised for unprecedented success."

Replacing Bradshaw is Kevin Clark, who will take over on an interim basis. Clark was the former associate athletic director at Indiana and followed current Temple president Neil Theobold to Temple. Since last November, Clark has been serving as Theobold's senior adviser.

The statement indicates a national search will take place in order to name a permanent successor, although Clark seems a likely candidate.

"I worked with Kevin at Indiana University where he was senior associate athletic director. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the Temple University Athletics Department during this transition period," Theobald said.

As for Bradshaw, he oversaw both Temple's exit from the Big East in 2004 and its return in 2012. The Temple football program, which was then nearly voted out of existence by the Temple board of trustees, narrowly survived and floated adrift as an independent for two seasons before landing in the Mid-American Conference in 2007.

Bradshaw also conducted four coaching searches for his two revenue sports, three for football and one for basketball. Al Golden (2005), Steve Addazio (2010) and Matt Rhule (2012) were all brought in to rebuild and reshape the football program, while Fran Dunphy was hired in 2006 to take over for the legendary John Chaney.

Within the last two years, the university invested in new practice facilities for both the football and basketball teams, spending $10 million dollars on each project.

The Owls returned to the Big East in March 2012, filling a void left by the departing West Virginia, and joining, for the first time, for all sports.

Of course, the conference was already crumbling and would eventually break apart. Since last March, 10 programs have left the conference, with the seven basketball-only schools leaving to start their own league. Via an expensive settlement, the basketball schools bought the right to continue using the Big East name, while Temple now finds itself in the re-named American Athletic Conference.

Perhaps the lasting legacy of the conference switch can be summed up with this line from the university's release: "Bradshaw’s tenure was marked by numerous highlights, including the announcement in March 2012 that Temple would join the new American Athletic Conference for all sports in July 2013."

At the time, Temple was very much under the impression it was joining the Big East.

Nonetheless, the football program marches on, and in a much better condition than he found it.

"Bill was the right person at the right time for Temple athletics, and we are grateful for his commitment to excellence and dedication to our student-athletes," Theobald said. "I want to thank Bill for the dedication that he has given Temple as director of intercollegiate athletics over his tenure here. Bill leaves a strong foundation in place for his successor. We are grateful for his efforts and wish him the very best."

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