Press Release from USC Aiken Athletics:
AIKEN, S.C. – Although his passion remains at an all-time high for Pacer Athletics, Randy Warrick believes that after 39 years with the institution, the time has come for him to step aside from his role as USC Aiken Athletic Director.
“USC Aiken has been fortunate to have someone of Randy’s caliber at the university for more than 30 years to lead the athletic programs and mentor the student athletes. He is an acknowledged leader in the Peach Belt Conference and one of the most respected athletic directors in NCAA Division II.
“Randy wanted to announce his retirement and his departure at a time that would avoid distracting from or disrupting the season. That is another example of why he is a supreme example of integrity, service above self, and leadership. We will greatly miss him as the Pacer athletic director, and I will personally miss his experience, wisdom, and composure.”
He will continue to lead Pacer Nation throughout the 2016-17 academic year with plans to step down May 31, 2017.
“Now is the perfect time to retire,” Warrick said. “We have an experienced, capable staff of athletic administrators. Our coaches are dedicated professionals who do what it takes to be successful. We have quality athletic facilities, and USC Aiken is growing. Chancellor Jordan has everything going in the right direction.”
Warrick is the longest serving athletic director in the history of the University of South Carolina System and the only athletic director to have been in that capacity since the formation of the Peach Belt Conference.
Warrick, who started as the baseball coach and intramural director, quickly moved into administration. He was named the assistant athletic director in 1983, acting athletic director in 1984 and athletic director in 1985. He continued his role of baseball coach and athletic director until moving solely into the athletic director role in 1990.
During Warrick’s tenure, USC Aiken has won three NCAA Division II National Championships and has been national runner-up on three other occasions in golf; competed in the Final Four in men’s basketball once and the Elite Eight twice; and has competed in the Division II Baseball World Series. Collectively, USC Aiken has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 73 times. USC Aiken also competed in the NAIA National Golf Championships in 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1991 and the NAIA Baseball World Series in 1986 and 1991.
The Pacers have been outstanding in the Peach Belt Conference with 18 regular-season championships and 23 league tournament titles. His programs have also accounted for 22 PBC Coach of the Year accolades, 25 Player of the Year honors, 18 Freshman of the Year nods, three Defensive Player of the Year winners and one Libero of the Year.
“It has been a pleasure both personally and professionally to have known and worked alongside Randy Warrick for the past 10 years,” said PBC commissioner David Brunk.
“His steadfast leadership and insightful advice will be sorely missed by not only me, but by USC Aiken and the rest of the Peach Belt Conference. I offer my sincere congratulations on an outstanding career as both a coach and administrator and wish him nothing but the best as he begins a new, well-deserved chapter in his life.”
Warrick helped spearhead the addition of five sports, including four women’s sports, since his arrival, including softball in 1987, cross country in 1989, men’s tennis in 1992, women’s tennis in 1996 and women’s soccer in 1997.
Facilities have also grown under Warrick’s tenure. Satcher Field has been refurbished while Roberto Hernandez Baseball Stadium, the Convocation Center, Pacer Pit and Pacer Path were all built.
During USC Aiken’s time in the PBC, the institution has hosted league tournaments where Warrick was the tournament director 27 different times. He was also the tournament director when USC Aiken hosted six Division II region championships – two in men’s basketball, two in baseball and one each in women’s basketball and volleyball. USC Aiken was also the host institution for the 1995 Division II men’s golf national championship.
Having not only competed well in the field of play, under Warrick’s guidance the teams have excelled in the classroom as well.
There have been three Elite 15 winners, two NFCA scholar athletes and over 175 times his student-athletes have been named to PBC all-academic teams. USC Aiken has had eight CoSida All-Americans and 32 CoSida all-district honorees. The 2015-16 GPA for USC Aiken student-athletes was the highest it’s ever been with a 3.074 avg. In addition, USC Aiken has had five PBC Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
Warrick was on the NCAA National Golf Committee 2002- 2007 and was the National Chair 2005- 2007. He has been an NCAA Southeast Super Region Site Rep on 9 different occasions including most recently in 2015 and 2016. He was a member of the NCAA D-II Athletic Director’s Association Board of Directors from 1996- 2010. He was the chair for the PBC Athletic Director’s Council from 2004-06. From 2003- 2006, he served on the NCAA D-II Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Committee. In addition, he has served on numerous other Peach Belt, region and national committees during his time at the helm of the department.
“I have been fortunate and feel blessed to have been able to serve in this capacity for so many years,” Warrick said. “I have learned a great deal working with Chancellor Alexander, Chancellor Hallman and Chancellor Jordan as well as working directly with Dr. Deb Kladivko, vice chancellor for Student Life and Services.
“I will miss the work relationships I have had with them as well as our faculty, staff, student-athletes and community. However, I still plan to be around and help when I can.”
In the community, Warrick has been on the Greater Augusta Sports Council Board, the Aiken Family Y Board and served as a volunteer coach for the North Augusta Recreation Department. He has participated in the Aiken Adopt-a-Parkway program, helps coordinate the campus Clemson-Carolina Blood Drive, participates in Chamber of Commerce events and coordinates the Hoops For Heroes Blood Drive Challenge.
Warrick has left a lasting impact on thousands of student-athletes over a career that spanned 39 years as a baseball coach and Athletic Director at USC Aiken. He helped guide USC Aiken into the Peach Belt Conference and had a tremendous impact on the community. Warrick will leave a tremendous legacy at USC Aiken.