Celebrating Athletic Skill
The athletic field is a key setting for Tech students to develop their leadership and team-building skills — gifts that will help them succeed regardless of their career aspirations.
Georgia Tech alumnus and former football player Todd Stansbury is introduced as the Yellow Jackets' ninth director of athletics by President Bud Peterson.
Alumnus Todd Stansbury Named Athletic Director
Former Tech football player and Oregon State University Athletic Director Todd Stansbury returned to his alma mater last year as athletic director.
Stansbury — a 1984 industrial management alumnus — had served as Oregon State’s athletic director since 2015 following a nine-year stint as the university’s executive associate athletic director. During his time at Oregon State, Stansbury was part of a senior management team that raised $150 million for a football stadium expansion, in addition to fundraising for the construction of a sports performing center. He also was part of a team that established several career development initiatives for student-athletes.
“Todd Stansbury is committed to athletes’ success both on and off the field,” said President G.P. “Bud” Peterson. “His global perspective and leadership experience in athletics and development, combined with a lifelong passion for Georgia Tech, make him the ideal candidate. I believe this is one of those rare golden moments in life where opportunity meets ambition. We welcome him home.”
Stansbury’s resume also includes roles as athletic director at the University of Central Florida and East Tennessee State University. He was Georgia Tech’s assistant athletic director for academics from 1988–1995.
Josh Pastner Begins New Era in Men’s Basketball
Former University of Memphis head coach Josh Pastner was named men’s head basketball coach last year.
Pastner, who was only 38 when he joined the Yellow Jackets, compiled a 167–73 record over seven seasons as the head coach at Memphis, where the Tigers earned bids to the NCAA Tournament four times. He is the second winningest active coach under the age of 40 in NCAA Division I.
Despite his young age, Pastner has been involved in basketball at the Division I level for 20 years, in both player and coaching roles. He has been a part of teams that have won 490 games, played in 17 NCAA Tournaments and 18 total post-season events.
At the end of his first season at Tech, Pastner was named the John “Whack” Hyder Georgia College Coach of the Year by the Atlanta Tipoff Club. In his first year at Tech, he coached the Yellow Jackets to a 20–15 record and the final four of the National Invitation Tournament. He has won more games than any first-year coach in Tech history.