David Braine (athletic director)

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David Braine
Biographical details
Born (1943-07-07) July 7, 1943 (age 75)
Grove City, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1962-1964 University of North Carolina
Position(s) Defensive Back and Placekicker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1976-1977 Assistant Coach, Virginia
1974-1975 Assistant Coach, Georgia Tech
1971-1973 Assistant Coach, Richmond
1967-1970 Assistant Coach, Virginia Military Institute
1966-1967 Coach, Manatee High School, Florida
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1997-2006 AD, Georgia Tech
1988-1997 AD, Virginia Tech
1985-1987 AD, Marshall
1983-1984 Assistant AD, Fresno State
1978-1983 Assistant AD, Virginia[1]

David (Dave) Braine held the position of athletics director at the Georgia Tech from 1997 to 2006 and Virginia Tech from 1988 to 1997.[1] Braine significantly improved the athletic programs at both schools and increased support of student athletes with more focus on academics and life skills.

Early life and education[edit]

David Braine is a native of Grove City, Pennsylvania. He earned a master's of arts and teaching from the University of North Carolina in 1966. Braine also played football for the Tar Heels during 1962–1964 seasons as place kicker and defensive back.[1]

Career[edit]

Braine is noted for serving as athletic director for both Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. However, Braine's administrative career also included two years as athletics director at Marshall University and assistant positions at Fresno State and Virginia. Braine previously spent two years at Georgia Tech as an assistant football coach under Pepper Rodgers, and he also coached at Virginia, Richmond and Virginia Military Institute.[2]

Virginia Tech[edit]

When Braine became athletic director of Virginia Tech in 1988, he inherited a program that was plagued with financial, academic, and NCAA compliance problems. However, Virginia Tech made progress both on and off the playing field during this time frame. Braine emphasized improving quality of student life through increased academic advisement and by implementing code of conduct for student athletes. Virginia Tech's graduation rate for student-athletes increased to 70 percent, which was 12 percent above the national average for Division I schools. Braine also directed an expansion of women's athletics that made Virginia Tech compliant with federal gender-equity rules by implementing new women sports programs, such as soccer, lacrosse, and softball. During Braine's tenure, Virginia Tech won an NIT Championship in basketball and nine Atlantic 10 Conference titles in other sports. Braine also oversaw significant improvement in Virginia Tech's athletics facilities.[3][4][5]

Braine helped rebuild Virginia Tech football program by securing ties with the Big East Conference and by supporting Virginia Tech's football coach Frank Beamer following a 2-8-1 football season in 1992. Braine lead the Hokies to back-to-back berths in the Sugar Bowl and Orange Bowl. During the past two decades, Virginia Tech football program has been successful with Beamer as head football coach as measured by the number of winning seasons and bowl appearances.[3][4][5][6]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Braine became athletic director at Georgia Tech on June 3, 1997. Athletic highlights during Braine's tenure at Georgia Tech include the men's basketball team's 2004 NCAA runner-up finish and a school-record streak of nine straight bowl games for the football program. Other athletics highlights during Braine's tenure at Georgia Tech include No. 1 national rankings in baseball and golf, and 12 ACC team titles in seven different sports.[2]

Facility upgrades completed during Braine's tenure at Georgia Tech include the $75 million renovation and expansion of Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field, the reconstruction of Russ Chandler Baseball Stadium and the new Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, which hosted the 2006 NCAA Swimming Championships.[2]

As Athletic Director, Braine emphasized the Total Person Concept, a comprehensive support program that stresses academics and life skills. Through the Total Person Program, Georgia Tech student-athletes benefit from a number of enrichment programs ranging from life skills and career planning to wellness and community outreach. During Braine's tenure, the Homer Rice Center for Sports Performance was created. The Center's efforts concentrate on performance enhancement for student-athletes participating in the sports programs of the Georgia Tech Athletic Association with services also available for Tech students, faculty and staff. The center offers a motion analysis lab, a medical clinic and psychology lab, a nutrition center and a sports vision center. Also during Braine's tenure, Georgia Tech was named the recipient of the first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference Sportsmanship School of the Year Award in 2004.[1][7]

Braine retired in 2006 due to health concerns after he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease.[8]

Braine was also the architect of the misguided contract of former-Basketball coach Paul Hewitt. The Georgia Tech Athletic Department continues to pay for this contract. The following is an explanation and excerpt of that contract:

"[T]he school signed Hewitt to a lucrative five-year deal with a rollover provision baked in. That rollover clause meant Hewitt's contract automatically extended by one year after each passing season. It also means Hewitt always had at least six years on his contract, no matter how much time passed.

'[I]t is the intention of the Parties to create an automatic “rollover” provision so that the Term of this Agreement will always have six (6) years remaining after the automatic rollover occurs. Commencing April 15, 2005 and on April 15th of each year thereafter, the Term of this Agreement shall be automatically extended by one (1) additional year so that, on April 15th of each year, the Term of this Agreement shall be six (6) years unless the Association determines that an extension rollover not be made and notifies Hewitt of its decision in writing not less than thirty (30) days prior to April 15th in any year during the Term.'

Meaning if Georgia Tech wanted to terminate Hewitt's contract, it had to buy Hewitt out of six years and $1.3 million per year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Dave Braine". Ramblinwreck.com. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Braine to Retire due to Health Concerns". GT Newsroom. 2011-11-06. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  3. ^ a b "Virginia Tech's Dave Braine Takes Athletics Helm". Tech Topics. Fall 1997. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  4. ^ a b Doug Doughty (2012-09-08). "Braine helped Virginia Tech football grow". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  5. ^ a b Will Stewart (2012-07-18-). "Interview with Dave Braine, part one". Inside the ACC. Retrieved 2012-11-09. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Virginia Tech Bowl History". hokiesports.com. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
  7. ^ "Homer Rice Center for Sports Performance". ramblinwreck.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11.
  8. ^ "Braine to Retire Due to Health Concerns". Georgia Tech. 2006-01-11. Retrieved 2015-01-10.