SUNSET, S.C. — Longtime Clemson senior woman administrator Barbara Kennedy-Dixon is leaving her role for another spot in the athletic department.
Clemson said Tuesday that Kennedy-Dixon, who had spent the past 27 years in athletic administration and the past 10 as senior woman administrator, will become special assistant to athletic director Dan Radakovich. The school said Kennedy-Dixon would help Radakovich with special projects or areas of critical need within the department.
"In recent years I began considering retirement options, and last year I started pursuing those options. I will always have a passion for Clemson athletics and its continued success, and I look forward to this new role," Kennedy-Dixon said. "This opportunity will allow me to remain as a valuable resource at Vickery Hall and also to support the new senior women's administrator."
Kennedy-Dixon has been tied to Clemson since 1978 when she began her career with the women's basketball team. Kennedy-Dixon became the first women's basketball player in the school's Ring of Honor. She was a two-time All-American, a three-time member of the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team and was the MVP of the ACC tournament in 1981 and 1982.
Kennedy-Dixon was voted Clemson's top athlete of the 1980's, a decade where the football team won its national championship and was among the ACC's best with players like William "Refrigerator" Perry, Terry Kinard and Kevin Mack.
Kennedy-Dixon moved from college into coaching as a Clemson assistant coach, then became an administrator with her alma mater.
"I thank Barbara for her great work as SWA and look forward to her continuing valuable contributions. She has been a tremendous asset to me during my initial 18 months here at Clemson," Radakovich said. "Her institutional knowledge, care and passion for our student athletes and the high level of respect she maintains around both campus and the conference will continue to be of utmost value to our athletics program as we move forward."
The school said it's conducting a national search for Kennedy-Dixon's replacement as senior woman administrator.
Also, Clemson has hired former Georgia Tech and New England Patriots defensive lineman Darryl Richard as assistant director of business operations for the athletic department.
Richard earned a Masters of Business Administration at Georgia Tech. After making 43 starts for the Yellow Jackets, he was drafted by the Patriots in 2009 and stayed in the NFL until he was placed on injured reserve in 2010.
"Darryl is a sharp young man and he's excited to begin his journey into intercollegiate athletics administration," Radakovich said. "To have a former student-athlete with the experience he has both on the field and in corporate finance is a great positive."
Richard has worked at Entergy Corporation in New Orleans since February 2011 as a financial analyst and budget coordinator, where he monitored the target performance of Entergy's Utility Operations Group operations and a maintenance budget in excess of $600 million.