|Position:||Associate Athletic Director for Academics|
Brad Horton, 33, joined the Georgia State staff in January 2014 in the position of Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Development. He oversees the staff, including six full-time assistants, two learning specialists, and a tutor coordinator while guiding the academic support programs for all 16 sports. He works directly with coaches on student-athlete enrollment, eligibility, academic progression towards graduation and retention. Horton added sport administrator duties (Women’s Track & Field & Cross Country) in 2015.
With Horton leading the Office of Student-Athlete Development, Georgia State recently recorded its 21st straight semester with an average GPA of 3.0 or better. This past academic year (2017-2018), Panther student-athletes compiled a 3.15 cumulative GPA, with 81 percent of the 350+ Panthers student-athletes at or above a 3.0 and 57 student-athletes recording a perfect 4.0 for the academic year. Also, 13 of the Panthers’ 15 teams were above a 3.0 GPA.
Nationally, Horton serves on the National Association of Athletic Academic Advisors, as Chair of the Ethnic Concerns Committee (2016-2017) and has recently been selected for a two-year term as N4A Director of Region II (2017-2019).
Prior to his return to his home state, Horton spent 2011 to 2013 at Florida State working directly with the top-ranked Seminoles’ football program as Assistant A.D. for Student-Athlete Academic Services.
He first served as an Academic Program Specialist with the FSU football team starting in 2011 before being named Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Academic Services/Director of Football Advising in March 2013.
Horton supervised a staff of six who coordinated academic compliance, monitored NCAA eligibility and ensured institutional policy was followed. He collaborated directly with the university department of admissions regarding football student-athlete admissions while coordinating and overseeing the support of all football-related academic advisement and counseling.
Prior to joining the Seminoles’ staff, Horton was an academic coordinator/learning specialist at Miami (Ohio) from 2009 to 2011. He was the academic liaison for eight teams including football and men’s and women’s basketball and served as a monitor for all teams with regards to GPA, APR (Academic Progress Rate) and GSR (Graduation Success Rate).
Prior to Miami (Ohio), Horton was selected as one of 18 interns nationally for the NCAA’s internship program with the Student-Athlete Development group immediately following two years as a graduate assistant with Academic Services in the Mississippi State Athletics Department.
Originally from Columbus, Ga., Horton earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mississippi State in 2006 and a master’s in sports management in 2008. Horton was a four-year letterman in football for the Bulldogs, including serving as a team captain during his senior year.
Brad is married to his wife Monica and they have two kids; Blake (6), Bailey (2).