ATHENS, Ga. — Claude Felton, the media liaison for Georgia athletics whose 45-year profession on the college spanned from Vince Dooley to Kirby Good, is retiring Wednesday.
Felton has served within the roles of sports activities communication director, affiliate athletic director and, most lately, the senior affiliate athletic director.
“Numerous time has passed by and a few unbelievable experiences and recollections have come my approach,” Felton mentioned in a press release launched Tuesday by the college. “I’ve labored with some terrific presidents, athletic administrators, among the best coaches and athletes within the historical past of collegiate sports activities, and legendary media on all ranges from nationwide writers and community tv to radio stations and weekly newspapers across the state.”
Felton additionally praised the “best group of full-time workers members, graduate assistants and undergrad college students I might have imagined, who’ve accomplished outstanding work and are chargeable for at all times one way or the other making me look good.”
The Savannah native was employed by Georgia in 1979 after serving because the director of public relations at Georgia Southern College. The next yr, the Bulldogs received their first consensus nationwide soccer title with an unbeaten squad coached by Dooley and led by freshman sensation Herschel Walker.
Felton was nonetheless at Georgia when Good guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back nationwide championships throughout the 2021 and ’22 seasons.
Alongside the way in which, Felton grew to become a revered determine who was extremely revered by media members across the nation. He has been inducted into the School Sports activities Data Administrators of America (CoSIDA) Corridor of Fame and the Georgia Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
“Claude Felton is without doubt one of the most influential figures within the historical past of Georgia athletics,” athletic director Josh Brooks mentioned. “His honesty, humility, consideration to element and congenial spirit have elevated all of our athletic packages all through his 45-year affiliation with the Bulldogs.”
Felton served as media coordinator for 18 NCAA nationwide championship occasions. He additionally labored on the press liaison workers for the U.S. Olympic Committee on the 1984 Los Angeles Video games and was press venue chief when the soccer competitors was held at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium throughout the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Throughout Felton’s tenure, Georgia’s athletic groups received 136 Southeastern Convention titles and 47 nationwide championships. He dealt with the publicity efforts for quite a few All-People and particular person awards, most notably Walker successful the Heisman Trophy in 1982.