Former South Carolina football star and administrator Brad Edwards has been named George Mason’s new athletics director.
“Brad Edwards is the kind of leader that exemplifies our innovative spirit, and we are proud to welcome him to Mason Nation,” George Mason president Ángel Cabrera said.
Edwards, who has served as athletics director at Jacksonville University since 2012, replaces Tom O’Connor, who announced his retirement in March.
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“I am incredibly thankful to Dr. Cabrera and the Mason community for this opportunity, an opportunity I’ve spent years working toward,” Edwards says.
Edwards has worked for three college athletics departments – Jacksonville University, Newberry College and South Carolina.
At his alma mater, South Carolina, he rose to the role of senior associate athletics director and chief financial officer where he oversaw all financial operations during a time when the annual revenue budget increased from $28 million to total revenue from all sources of more than $52 million.
During Edwards’ tenure at Newberry, the athletics program moved up 37 places nationally in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings.
Edwards was a standout athlete for the Gamecock football team, earning second-team all-American honors after the 1987 season.
He played free safety in the NFL for nine seasons, including with the Washington Redskins’ Super Bowl XXVI championship team.