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Profile of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)

Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Current Membership More than 6,500 collegiate athletics administrators from the NCAA, NAIA and junior and community colleges
President Jim Phillips, Northwestern
Executive Director Bob Vecchione


Key Dates in NACDA History

1965
  • Founded
1966
  • Names first Executive Director
  • National office opened in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Holds first Convention, at the Pick-Congress Hotel in Chicago; 307 of the 311 members attended
  • Publishes first magazine, NACDA Quarterly
1968
  • Holds first Management Institute
  • Publishes The National Directory of College Athletics (Men's Edition)
1969
  • National office is moved to Cleveland, Ohio
1973
  • Individual membership hits 1,000
  • Publishes The National Directory of College Athletics (Women's Edition)
1977
  • Institutional membership hits 1,000
1980
  • Individual membership hits 2,000
1983
  • NCAA votes NACDA authority to stage Kickoff Classic preseason football game
1985
  • Celebrates 20th anniversary; opens new headquarters building in suburban Cleveland, Ohio
1986
  • Division I-A Athletics Directors Association is organized by and affiliates with NACDA
1989
  • NCAA votes NACDA authority to stage Disneyland Pigskin Classic football game
1990
  • Celebrates 25th anniversary
  • Individual membership hits 3,000
1991
  • Institutional membership hits 1,500
1992
1993
1994
  • Celebrates 125th Anniversary of College Football
  • Individual membership hits 5,000
1995
  • Expands Sears Directors' Cup program to include all divisions of the NCAA and NAIA
  • Initiates, along with the AFCA, College Football USA (CoFUSA)
1996
1997
  • Initiates a Fax-on-Demand and Fax Broadcasting System
  • Forms NCAA Football and NAIA Football with AFCA, NCAA, NAIA and Collegiate Commissioners Association
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2006
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014