The Collegiate Sports Video Association is inducting Rick Bagby, Assistant Athletic Director for Video and Technology at Clemson University, into the Sports Film and Video Hall of Fame in recognition for his dedication and accomplishments in the sports video profession. Through innovation, desire and commitment, Bagby has helped pave the way for the future of the sports video profession. Bagby is the eleventh NCAA inductee into the Sports Film and Video Hall of Fame and will be inducted at the 29th Annual CSVA conference banquet on May 10th, 2023 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Bagby is in his 25th year leading the Athletic Video Services Department for Clemson. His responsibilities include overseeing all live video productions for Clemson athletic events, IT liaison between athletics and the university, facility technology design and integration and content creation for all sports videoboards and social media. He manages five full- time staff members, forty-five students and an increasing number of freelance workers.In 2022, Bagby and his staff produced 194 events. Everything from head football coach, Dabo Swinney’s weekly press conferences to in-game video board content to live TV events on ACC Network and ESPN.
Bagby is also heavily involved with the technology needs of construction projects. He focuses on the coaches’ needs, student-athlete experience, fan experience and live production needs of projects taking place at Memorial Stadium, Doug Kingsmore Stadium, Riggs Field, Sloan Tennis Complex, Littlejohn Coliseum and the new Women’s Sports Complex.
Working with Clemson Athletic Properties, Bagby hires and assigns all radio and ACC Network Extra announcers and staff for broadcasts. His staff also makes highlight videos, recruiting videos and content to engage fans on video boards and through social media. They also distribute content to local and national news and media outlets.Through his busy schedule, his favorite duty is mentoring his student staff. He enjoys working with his staff on a daily basis, teaching them production skills, giving them real world experiences producing live events, helping them enhance their resumes and providing a place for students to learn and grow while developing for their future.
Bagby got his start in video while in high school in Lexington, NC. If he was not participating in a sport, he was behind a VHS camera recording the games for coaches to review. He started working with the University of North Carolina football team on game days while still a senior in high school. Bagby went on to attend UNC where he worked four seasons as a student videographer for the football team and earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1995.
In 1996, Bagby was hired back by the UNC football team as a Video Assistant. After one season he was hired by the University of Wisconsin in the spring of 1997 as the Assistant Video Coordinator. By that fall he had been hired by the University of Louisville to take over as Video Coordinator, his first head position. Following one season at Louisville, Bagby moved on to Clemson in May 1998.
In addition to his video duties, Bagby spent countless hours over the years serving other Video Coordinators as an active member of CSVA. He served as Vice President and then President of CSVA. His efforts promoted the importance of Video Coordinators in college athletics and helped the young association grow to a much larger membership. He has made a tremendous impact on Video Coordinators and the profession as a whole throughout his career.
Bagby and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Payton and Taylor. He enjoys playing golf in his limited spare time.