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Friday, August 13, 2010 - 4:40am

Athens Native Takes Over UGA Athletics

The University of Georgia has named an Athens native as its new athletic director.

Greg McGarity grew up around Bulldog athletics, starting his eventual career as a ball boy for former tennis coach Dan McGill.

McGarity is also a UGA graduate, tennis letterman, and sports administrator.

He most recently served as the #2 head of athletics at the University of Florida. During a news conference to announce his appointment, McGarity explained his managerial style.

“At the end of the day, the Athletic Director is a facilitator. They are one to be of help, to be of counsel, to be accessible 24-7. And that’s how I plan to operate.”

McGarity replaces Damon Evans, who resigned last month after a June 30 drunken driving arrest.

His starting salary will be 420-thousand dollars.

He received a five-year contract which begins September 1st .

McGarity is the associate athletic director at Florida, where he has worked since 1992.