Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024
Iconic former Georgia Tech athletic director passes away at age 97

Georgia Tech’s athletics department is mourning the loss of Dr. Homer Rice, a legendary former director of athletics who passed away on June 10 at the age of 97. During his tenure from 1980-1997, Dr. Rice hired some of Tech’s most successful head coaches, including Bobby Cremins in basketball, Bobby Ross and George O’Leary in football, Jim Morris and Danny Hall in baseball, and Bruce Heppler in golf. Under his leadership, Georgia Tech won 16 ACC championships across five different sports.

Even after retiring as the athletic director, Dr. Rice continued to teach a leadership class at Georgia Tech and authored several books on leadership success. In 2021, a statue of Dr. Rice was unveiled outside of Bobby Dodd Stadium, where it now stands alongside statues of legendary Georgia Tech coaches John Heisman and Bobby Dodd. Dr. Rice’s impact on Georgia Tech athletics and the community as a whole will always be remembered and cherished. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of student-athletes and leaders.

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