Spurs & Feathers exclusive interview with Ray Tanner
July 17, 2015
By Brian Hand
S&F: You just recently celebrated your third anniversary of taking over as the Athletics Director at the University of South Carolina. I am sure the last few years have been a whirlwind, but what are some of the things that have stood out to you during your time as AD?
There have been so many things that have stood out, but I think the thing that resonates so much with me every single day is how great it is to be here at the University of South Carolina in athletics with so many wonderful people. Our coaching staff is great. I know that a lot of Athletic Directors will make these kinds of comments, but I’m telling you that our administration here, the coaches, our student-athletes that have performed at high levels academically and competitively and the leadership from Dr. (Harris) Pastides, it has just been a fabulous time as we continue to grow. Three years, where did it go?
The energy and excitement that continues to build here is very special. I know that with the people that we have, and you hear people that talk about a team all the time, it really is a team. Whether you’re the head coach or whether you’re the Senior Associate in charge of compliance or the Athletics Director, it’s all about putting all the pieces in the right place. We have a very special environment here to work, to play and to achieve academic success.