|Position:||Associate Athletic Director for Academics|
Brad Horton, 31, joined the Georgia State staff in January 2014 in the position of Associate A.D. for Student-Athlete Development. He oversees the staff, including four full-time assistants 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. Brad added sport administrator duties (Women’s Track & Field & Cross Country) in 2015.
With Brad leading the Office of Student Athlete Development, Georgia State University recently recorded its 17th straight semester with an average GPA of 3.0 or better. This past academic year (2015-2016), Panther student-athletes compiled a department-record 3.18 cumulative GPA, with 75 percent of the 325 Panthers student-athletes at or above a 3.0 and 81 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, Brad 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, Brad 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.
Brad 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, Brad 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), Brad 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 University Athletics Department.
Originally from Columbus, Ga., Brad 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 (4), Bailey (3 months).