BRAD EDWARDS, ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT/DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
Brad Edwards became the fifth athletic director in George Mason’s history on July 1, 2014. Prior to Mason, he served as athletic director at Jacksonville University and at Newberry College. He began his work in intercollegiate athletics in 1999 after a successful nine-year career in the NFL, joining his alma mater, the University of South Carolina.
Under his direction at George Mason, Mr. Edwards has led a departmental effort that secured more than $25 million in revenue contracts and commitments, highlighted by a naming rights deal for EagleBank Arena, a multi-year partnership with adidas and a long-term corporate sponsorships agreement with Learfield. In addition, the department has secured a multi-year sports performance partnership with Vivature and has benefited from nearly $8 million in generous gifts from Patriot Club supporters.
Providing outstanding athletics facilities is a priority for Mr. Edwards. He has delivered on a multi-million-dollar renovation of the men’s and women’s dedicated basketball practice facility as well as state-of-the-art locker rooms at EagleBank Arena. The renovation projects transformed Mason basketball facilities into holistic spaces on par with the top programs in the nation.
At Jacksonville, Mr. Edwards raised a department record of approximately $3 million in new capital gifts for athletic facilities. At South Carolina, Mr. Edwards played a primary role in the development of more than $170 million in revenue, construction projects and project financing. Mr. Edwards also played a critical part in new facility design, development and construction; most notably assistance with day-to-day oversight of design and construction of the 18,000-seat Colonial Life Arena, and primary oversight of the 34,000-square-foot Charles Crews Football Facility. Mr. Edwards was responsible for all venue concessions and food service, department advertising and multimedia rights, executive suites and assisting in securing major financial gifts.
Mr. Edwards earned second-team All-American honors after the 1987 season for the Gamecocks. He went on to play free safety in the NFL after being drafted in the second round of the 1988 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He was a defensive co-captain and runner-up MVP with the Redskins Super Bowl XXVI championship team. Mr. Edwards is a member of South Carolina (statewide) athletic Hall of Fame.
Mr. Edwards earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Carolina. He earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a graduate of the Sports Management Institute. He is currently pursuing a master of arts in education from Michigan State University.