Virginia Tech's Dave Braine Takes Athletics Helm


David Braine Braine: "An honor to continue and build upon the foundation Rice has established"


Citing his success in taking Virginia Tech to national prominen in sports while also promoting academic achievement, Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough named Dave Braine to succeed the retiring Homer Rice as athletics director.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to be the director of athletics at Tech," Braine said. "I consider it a great honor to continue and build upon the foundation which Homer Rice has established.

Braine took the reins in Atlanta Aug. I after a 10-year stint in which he helped lead the Hokies to back-to-back berths in the Sugar and Orange Bowls ir football, an NIT Championship in basketball and nine Atlantic 10 Conference titles in Olympic sports.

"Dave Braine has an outstanding record in collegiate athletics," said Clough, who served as dean of engineer ing at Virginia Tech. "Before I met him Dave had carved out a positive reputation on campus for his efforts on behalf of improving the academic success of the students and dramatically increasing student graduation rates.

"By the time I left Virginia Tech in 1993, Dave was well on his way to rebuilding the entire athletics infrastructure there and earning respect across campus and across the country"

Braine presided over a tremendous resurgence at Virginia Tech, leading the Hokies into the Big East Conference in football and the Atlantic 10 for other sports. He also directed an expansion o women's athletics that made Virginia Tech one of only a handful of schools, including Georgia Tech, in compliance with federal gender-equity rules.

"Perhaps most important to a school with a curriculum like Georgia Tech's, David's program has a current graduation rate for student-athletes of 70 percent-12 percent above the national ave age for Division I schools," Clough said

A three-time football letterman at the University of North Carolina, Braine served as an assistant football coach at Georgia Tech for two years under Pepper Rodgers. He also served on coaching or administrative staffs at the University of Virginia, Fresno State and Marshall University.

Braine inherited a Virginia Tech program that was plagued with academic, NCAA compliance and financial problems, and he gave the university a new program that emphasized the quality of student life. During his tenure, Virginia Tech made marked progress both on and off the playing field. Braine recently established a comprehensive action plan for the athletic department designed to teach life skills to student-athletes to establish clear expectations for conduct on and off the field.

He also oversaw significant improvement in Virginia Tech's athletics facilities.