June 13, 2011
Kathleen Brasfield, Angelo State University, West
Kathleen Brasfield has been a fixture at Angelo State University and held a powerful presence in NCAA Division II for more than 30 years.
Brasfield was hired as the women's athletics director in 1982 and started leading the entire department in 2004, expanding the department to 13 intercollegiate sports. The most recent additions include baseball (2005), women's golf (2009) and women's indoor track (2011). Under Brasfield's guidance, ASU won its first two NCAA National Championships - softball in 2004 and women's track and field (2010).
Brasfield was instrumental in securing the first-ever endowment solely for Angelo State athletics - a $1 million gift to benefit ASU student-athletes for years to come. The donors of the endowment provided an additional $100,000 for a new scoreboard at the recently renamed LeGrand Sports Complex, and improvements to the track facility prior to the NCAA Division II National Championships in 2009, which ASU hosted for the fifth time.
Brasfield also served on the Division II Management Council and served as chair of the council in 2010. She's also spent time on the NCAA DII Volleyball Regional Advisory Committee and spent four seasons on the NCAA DII Volleyball National Advisory Committee, acting as national chair in 2004.
Rick Cole Jr., Dowling College, Northeast
Since taking the reigns as vice president for athletics in 2004, Rick Cole Jr. has shown his commitment to higher education and student-athletes by building the presence of the Dowling College athletics department into one of the finest in the Division II landscape. Not only did he secure the necessary funding to add women's soccer and lacrosse and men's cross-country as NCAA sponsored sports, he also elevated 12 coaches to full-time status.
Even with a detrimental budget cut in 2010, Cole was able to rally the troops and motivate from within, using proper planning and strong fundraising strategy to absorb the deficit. His successes can be measured by conference and national championships, community initiatives and academic achievement. Last fall, both the volleyball and men's soccer teams advanced to the national semifinals, while more than two-thirds of the student-athletes were named to the honor roll.
On a national level, Cole was recently elected as chair of the Division II Management Council, and has previously served as the East Coast Conference's representative to the Division II Management Council, as well as a Management Council liaison to the Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Division II Planning and Finance Committee.
Peggy Davis, Virginia State University, Southeast
Peggy Davis continues to enhance a proud legacy of athletics in her eighth year as the director of athletics at Virginia State University (VSU).
Davis has a list of impressive accolades on her resume, as she was named AD of the Year of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) three of the last four years, and was also honored with the Jeannette A. Lee Athletics Administration Achievement Award in 2005 and 2010.
Under her leadership, the VSU athletics department was honored by the university and awarded the Governor's Excellence Outstanding Team Award. She has overseen numerous facility upgrades, including the most recent in the new men's and women's basketball locker rooms and the new athletics equipment storage facility.
Davis also started the $1,000 Trojan Athletics Fundraising Club. Prior to her position at VSU, Davis coached women's basketball at Angelo State.
Davis is currently president of the CIAA Executive Committee, as well as the CIAA Athletic Director's Association, is a member of the CIAA Tournament Committee and is also a member of NACWAA, NACDA and the WBCA. Davis also sits on the NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Tennis Committee representing the Atlantic Region.
In June 2010, Davis was elected to the MOAA Board of Directors.
Jerry Hughes, University of Central Missouri, Central
Jerry Hughes has spent most of his professional career dedicated to his alma mater, the University of Central Missouri, including the last 28 years as the athletics director.
Under Hughes' leadership, UCM has enjoyed unprecedented success, including 126 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championships, five national championships, 39 top-four NCAA finishes and 223 NCAA post-season appearances.
Hughes was named NACDA's DII Central Region AD of the Year in the program's inaugural year, 1998-99 and again in 2001-02, making him the first repeat winner in the history of the Athletics Director of the Year program. In 2008-09 and 2009-10, UCM finished third in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, the best in UCM and MIAA history. Hughes has spearheaded fundraising efforts for major renovations of UCM's football and baseball stadiums, a new clubhouse for UCM's Pertle Springs Golf Course, as well as the development of UCM's South Recreation Complex.
Hughes has been a Division II member of the NCAA Executive Committee, Chairman of the Division II Championships Committee and a member of the NCAA Division II Management Council. He also served a term as NCAA Vice President for Division II and has been a member of the NCAA Council and has been on numerous other NCAA Committees throughout his career.