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Football Bowl Subdivision
June 13, 2011
Kathy Beauregard, Western Michigan University, Central
Kathy Beauregard has exemplified the Bronco tradition at Western Michigan University (WMU) since her hiring as athletics director more than 13 years ago, and continues to work tirelessly to move WMU Athletics forward.
The Kalamazoo native has been a part of WMU since 1979, starting as the women's gymnastics coach for nine seasons (1980-88), to eventually take the reigns as senior associate athletics director (1988-96) and director of athletics (1997-present). Beauregard is currently the longest serving athletics director in the Mid-American Conference.
Throughout Beauregard's tenure, 22 Broncos have earned All-America status and 22 more have been named Academic All-America. Seven more student-athletes have been crowned NCAA statistical champions during their respective seasons.
WMU facilities have also greatly improved under Beauregard's guidance, with approximately $36.7 million devoted to the betterment of the student-athlete experienced at Western Michigan.
Beauregard has been highly involved in the profession, assuming the chair position of the NCAA Olympic Sports Liaison Committee in 2001, serving two years. She also represented WMU as a member of the NCAA Championships Cabinet and NCAA Football Bowl Certification Committee, and served on the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Bill Bradshaw, Temple University, Northeast
Bill Bradshaw is in his ninth year as the director of athletics at Temple University and 34th overall, spending 16 years as AD at DePaul and nine years in the same position at his alma mater, La Salle.
Since his hiring at Temple, Bradshaw has overhauled the Owls athletics program. First he successfully managed the University's commitment to 1A Football by securing a home for the program in Lincoln Financial Field and a conference as a football only member in the Mid-American Conference. His hiring of Al Golden led to two consecutive Bowl-eligible seasons (2009, 2010).
That helped lure new coach Steve Addazio from Florida this past December. His hiring of men's basketball coach Fran Dunphy has resulted in three A-10 Championships and four straight NCAA appearances. He then made the right call by naming Tonya Cardoza as the women's basketball coach that has helped continue that program's current streak to eight straight NCAA trips.
Bradshaw has also added several new senior staff positions and has exceeded the revenue budget in each of the past eight years, while expanding and renovating facilities projects. Bradshaw has been highly involved in NACDA, serving as an Executive Committee Member, moving through the ranks from 1992-2001, and culminating as NACDA President in 2001-02. A decorated administrator, Bradshaw has been inducted into four Halls of Fame in his career.
Chris Hill, University of Utah, West
Chris Hill has spent the last 24 years positioning the University of Utah athletics department as a national player, including its membership in the Pac-12 Conference, which begins on July 1, 2011.
During Hill's tenure, the Utah men's basketball team has played in the national championship game and the football team has played in, and won, two BCS bowl games. Hill has hired three coaches who went on to be named National Coach of the Year in their respective sports, including current Ute football coach Kyle Whittingham, former football coach Urban Meyer and former men's basketball coach Rick Majerus.
Academically, Hill has made student-athlete success in the classroom a hallmark of his tenure and fall semester of 2010, Utah's teams compiled the best cumulative GPA in school history (a 3.069). A former Utah athletics fundraiser, Hill has overseen a facilities boom, with the latest addition to Hill's facility legacy coming last October in the McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex.
His many accolades include the Mountain West Conference's Commissioner's Award in 2004, and the Degree Completion and Outreach and Community Service Honor Award from the National Consortium for Academics and Sports in 2001, among others.
Eric Hyman, University of South Carolina, Southeast
Eric Hyman is in his sixth year at the helm of the University of South Carolina athletics department, enjoying unprecedented success in the classroom and on the field.
Hyman's commitment to academic achievement has led the Gamecock student-athletes to surpass the 3.0 grade point average plateau for seven consecutive semesters, in addition to continually improving their APR scores. His hiring of successful head coaches, the development of a $200 million master plan of facilities, and the institution's first athletics capital campaign have taken South Carolina athletics to new heights.
Hyman has successfully guided the department through a football seat donation initiative, which, along with philanthropic gifts and money guaranteed through the new television agreement, has provided the financial resources to begin bringing the Gamecock facilities up to the standards of their SEC rivals.
Hyman came to South Carolina from Texas Christian University (TCU), where he served as the athletics director for over seven years and was named the National Athletics Director of the Year by Street and Smith's Business Journal and was also selected as the Division I-A West Regional AD of the Year by NACDA in 2003-04. Hyman also had AD stints at Miami University (OH) and Virginia Military Institute. He also served as the President of the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association in 2008-09.