Rick Bagby is in his 20th year overseeing the Athletic Video Services Department for Clemson University. In the summer of 2014, he added the title of assistant athletic director for video and technology, reflecting the ever-growing importance that both technology and video play in collegiate athletics.
Bagby oversees all live video streaming and live videoboard productions of athletic events at Clemson. Each year his department produces over one hundred live sporting events and press conferences for videoboards in Death Valley and Littlejohn Coliseum. The content is available online through the ACC Network Extra platform, which is the digital home for all Atlantic Coast Conference sporting events in conjunction with ESPN.
With the August, 2019 launch of the Linear ACC Network TV channel, Bagby’s duties have expanded to ensure Clemson’s successful participation in the new network. He currently is overseeing a multimillion dollar three-phased renovation and equipment upgrade, which started in the summer of 2017 when Bagby oversaw the renovation of Jervey Athletic Center for this purpose. Phase two is taking place over the summer of 2018, which will allow Clemson to be linear-ready one year in advance of the network’s launch. Bagby will continue to oversee additional hiring of staff and the final phase of this project all before the August, 2019 debut of the ACC Network. Once launched, Bagby and his staff will be responsible for producing a minimum of 13 live-network TV broadcasts of Clemson sporting events from their Jervey Athletic Center Control Rooms, for the new network. They will keep their existing duties, as well.
Bagby's technology duties have taken on a whole new meaning with construction projects in Memorial Stadium, Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Riggs Field, Sloan Tennis Complex, and Littlejohn Coliseum. He is focused on the fan experience, student-athlete experience, and live production technology needs in each project.
Bagby oversees four full time staff members and over 20 students. His department is also responsible for many other video projects for every sports team at Clemson. The Athletic Video Services Department creates highlight videos, recruiting videos, and content meant to engage the fans on stadium videoboards. The department also distributes content to local and national news media.
Bagby began his video career while still in high school. In 1990 during his senior year, he began working with the University of North Carolina football team operating a camera on game day Saturdays. The following fall, Bagby began his career at North Carolina where he worked all four years as a student videographer for the football team earning three varsity letters. After graduating with a degree in physical education in 1995, Bagby took a year off from video to serve as a tower manager at Granville Towers in Chapel Hill. He returned to the UNC football team as a video assistant in 1996. Following that season, Bagby became an assistant video coordinator with the University of Wisconsin football team in March of 1997. A few months later, Bagby was named to his first head position as the video coordinator for the University of Louisville football team. Bagby enjoyed one year at Louisville before moving on to Clemson in May of 1998.