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Clemson AD to retire next July

Clemson, SC (Sports Network) - Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips has announced his retirement, effective at the end of his current contract next July.

Phillips is entering his 11th year as AD.

School president James F. Barker said a national search for a successor would begin immediately.

"As I am now in the final year of my contract, I have decided to publicly announce my retirement plans, so that President Barker can have as much time and flexibility as is needed to conduct a search and ensure a smooth transition in leadership," said Phillips. "I'm very proud of what we have accomplished at Clemson, and I believe the future for the athletics program is bright."

Clemson athletic teams under Phillips' direction have had 77 winning seasons and have won 13 ACC championships in eight different sports, while the football team has been bowl-eligible every year.

The school has been nationally recognized for its academic progression rates and has never received a letter of inquiry from the NCAA for compliance issues during Phillips' tenure.

08/09 12:48:05 ET