Claude Felton
Claude  Felton

Loran Smith Senior Associate Athletic Director - Sports Communications


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Claude Felton has served since 1979 in the Georgia Athletic Association including the positions of Senior Associate Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director, Assistant Athletic Director, and Sports Communications Director. Prior to being named sports information director in July, 1979, Felton held positions as Sports Information Director, Director of Information Services, and Director of Public Relations at Georgia Southern University.

During his career, he has served as media coordinator for 17 NCAA national championship events. He served on the press liaison staff for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and was the press venue chief for the soccer venue at the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. He also served as chairman of the Ethics Committee of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from 1985-91 and chairman of the CoSIDA Olympic Liaison Committee (1992-1995). He was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 2001 and recipient of the organization's Arch Ward Award in 2004. Felton, who was inducted into the Savannah (Ga.) Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, was recipient of the Football Writers Association of America Bert McGrane Award in 2008. He is currently a member of the NCAA men's basketball Final Four media coordination committee.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Felton received his ABJ and M.A. Degrees from the University of Georgia. He is married to the former Cathy Turner of Athens, Ga., and they have three children: Robyn, a 2000 graduate of Samford University; Christopher, married to the former Katie MacKelcan and a 2001 graduate of UGA; and Patrick, a graduate of UGA.

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