Bonifay interested in Georgia Tech AD job

Former Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Cam Bonifay became the latest candidate seeking to replace retiring Georgia Tech athletic director Dave Braine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Bonifay formally applied for the job on Wednesday, the day Braine announced his retirement.

Bonifay, 53, was a second-team All-America first baseman and kicked field goals for the football team as an undergraduate at Tech. He graduated in 1974 and was inducted into the school's athletics hall of fame in 1982. He later spent one season as a Tech assistant baseball coach.

Bonifay served for eight years as Pittsburgh's general manager and worked for five years as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' director of player personnel.

Bonifay was released from the Devil Rays, along with general manager Chuck LaMar and assistant GM Scott Proefrock, following Stuart Sternberg's takoever as principal owner in October. The moves followed the departure of manager Lou Piniella, who sought a buyout with one season remaining on his contract after criticizing the ownership group led by Sternberg.

"It's been a career built with the management of resources and the management of staffs," Bonifay told the Journal-Constitution Thursday. "I think that would be excellent experience for the job."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.