What is NACDA and What does it do?
The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) was founded in 1965. It had its origins at the First and Second National Conferences on Athletic Administration in Colleges and Universities, held in Louisville, Kentucky in 1959 and 1962. At the third conference, in 1965, in Washington, D.C., NACDA was officially founded and the Association held its inaugural Convention in 1966.
The largest association of collegiate athletics administrators, NACDA boasts a membership of more than 6,100 individuals and more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Members include athletics directors, associate and assistant athletics directors, conference commissioners and affiliate individuals or corporations.
NACDA is governed by a group of Officers and Executive Committee members. The Officers consist of a President, a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice President and a Secretary. The Finance-Management Committee consists of the current Officers and Past Presidents who conduct the finances of the Association. The Executive Committee includes eight representatives each from the College and University Divisions, four from the Junior/Community College Division and several At-Large members. This latter group includes five representatives of affiliated associations/organizations and female representatives from districts which do not have female representation.
NACDA serves as the professional association for those in the field of athletics administration, providing educational opportunities and serves as a vehicle for networking and the exchange of information to others in the profession.
Held in June, this conclave is devoted to examining contemporary problems facing today's athletics administrator. The highlight of NACDA's annual activities, the Convention caters to adminstrators in all levels of intercollegiate athletics with general sessions for the entire membership and breakout sessions which are geared to the specific needs of administrators at all levels of the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA. Recent high profile speakers have included have included Bonnie Bernstein, Todd Blackledge, Todd Christensen, Stephen Covey, Joel Fish, Dan Fouts, Leslie Gudel, Dan Hicks, Keith Jackson, Tommy Lasorda, Merlin Olsen, Robin Roberts, Hyrum Smith, Lynn Swann, Michele Tafoya, Lesley Visser, J.C. Watts, Pat Williams and Zig Ziglar.
The James J. Corbett Award, initiated in 1967, is presented annually "to the athletics administrator who, through the years has most typified Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and who worked unceasingly for its betterment". The award is named after NACDA's first president, Jim Corbett of Louisiana State University. Refer to the Awards section for the list of past winners.
Under Armour AD of the Year Award program was created to honor intercollegiate directors of athletics for their commitment and administrative excellence within a campus and/or college community environment. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division I, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year, JC/CC) and annually honors 29 athletics directors (four from each division) and one cross-divisional International winner. Recipients receive their awards at the annual NACDA Convention. Refer to the Awards section for the list of past winners.
The Management/Leadership Institute offers intense training in administrative and management practices utilizing special resource materials and the expertise of noted individuals in the field. It is held in seminar-style classes for a limited enrollment.
NACDA's Management Institute has aligned with the Sports Management Institute (SMI). This alliance creates even more opportunities for administrators to grow in their profession by attending both programs. SMI's sponsoring institutions include North Carolina, Michigan, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Southern California and Texas. The winner of the Corbett Award receives an honorary degree from the Sports Management Institute.
Started in the fall of 1984, the Intern Program, has provided opportunities for more than 100 students who are young, aspiring collegiate athletics administrators. They represent more than 50 NACDA-member institutions. The majority of them have gone on to jobs in the field of athletics administration.
The backbone of NACDA, the Foundation is the Association's educational arm which sponsors the clinics, workshops and seminars and manages the postgraduate scholarship programs. The Foundation sponsored the Workshop on Athletic Business Management at the 1996 and 1997 Conventions. At the 1998 Convention, the seminar was presented as the Workshop for the Primary Business Associate. The Foundation annually awards 136 postgraduate scholarships, four to student-athletes from the Pigskin and Kickoff Classic Football Games, six to minority students who will attend a sports administration program in graduate school and 126 awarded in conjunction with the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup to students involved in athletics support at the NCAA Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. Additionally, the Foundation annually provides the National Football Foundation with more than $500,000 for postgraduate scholarships. Since 1982, the Foundation has awarded more than $9.5 million in postgraduate scholarships.
This program honors four all-sports champions in the NCAA Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. Each institution is awarded points in a pre-determined number of sports for men and women. The overall champion is the institution which has a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. The winner in each division receives a crystal trophy. Refer to the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup section for the list of past winners.
An annual event available to all Division I athletics directors, this meeting is held in conjunction with the Division I Men's Final Four. Topics vary each year, but have included financial planning and personal wellness issues. Refer to the Upcoming Events for this year's dates and location.
Annual meeting available to all NACDA members in which consultants and architects show new concepts in the building of athletic facilities. Administrators also discuss successful methods of financing and marketing various facilities around the country. Refer to the Upcoming Events for this year's dates and location.
The official journal, published eight times a year by NACDA; Athletics Administration is primarily written by and for NACDA members. It focuses on athletics facilities, new ideas in promotions, marketing, development, legal ramifications and other current issues in collegiate athletics administration. In the "Q&A Forum," leaders in the field are interviewed on the most current issues by Athletics Administration.
For close to 30 years, NACDA members have been able to receive their athletics insurance through NACDA Insurance. For additional information, contact Kathy Polanshek at 801-412-2623.
The National Directory of College Athletics, NACDA's official directory, is published by Collegiate Directories, Inc. This publication lists the staff, addresses and phone numbers of the athletics department at every senior and junior college in the U.S. and Canada. Collegiate Directories also maintains a national high school coaches' database.
NACDA joined forces with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) for this celebration in the fall of 1994. The official logo was sported by more than 400 institutions. Media coverage reached more than 250 million impressions and photographic coverage in Sports Illustrated.
An outgrowth of the 125th Anniversary of College Football and NACDA's College Football USA (CoFUSA), NCAA Football is a joint effort by NACDA, the AFCA and the NCAA. A similar program, entitled NAIA Football, will be implemented for the NAIA. These programs unify the 671 football-playing institutions through use of the NCAA Football and NAIA Football logos and a program of sponsorship, licensing/merchandising, publicity, promotions, public relations and marketing.
The Kickoff Classic is the traditional start to the college football season. The game was held at Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands and showcased two of the nation's top teams.
The Pigskin Classic was NACDA's second presesaon game. It helped to signal the start of the college football season and is hosted by one of the participating institutions.
NACDA administers the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA), an organization which serves to bring together people working in the marketing field. NACMA holds its annual Workshop at the NACDA Convention. Refer to the NACMA section for additional information on the association.
In 1993, NACDA started the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD), an organization which brings together people working in the field of athletics fund raising. NAADD holds its annual Workshop at the NACDA Convention. Refer to the NAADD section for additional information on the association.
NACDA administers the International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA), an organization geared to the specific needs of collegiate licensing administrators. ICLA holds its annual workshop at the NACDA Convention. Refer to the ICLA section for additional information on the association.
NACDA administers the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), an organization geared to the specific needs of athletics administrators who concentrate on the compliance issues in intercollegiate athletics. NACDA assists in the managment of the legislative compliance seminars in addition to NAAC's activities which coincide with the NACDA Convention. Refer to the NAAC section for additional information on the association.
NACDA administers the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA), an organization geared to the specific needs of athletics business managers. CABMA holds its annual convention at the NACDA Convention. Refer to the CABMA section for additional information on the association.
NACDA administers the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association, an organization geared to the specific needs of athletics administrators at the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision level. The Football Championship Subdivision ADA holds one of its annual meetings at the NACDA Convention. Refer to the FCS ADA section for additional information on the association.
NACDA administers the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, an organization geared to the specific needs of athletics administrators at the NCAA Division I-AAA level. Refer to the Division I-AAA section for additional information on the association.
NACDA administers the Division II Athletics Directors Association, an organization geared to the specific needs of athletics administrators at the NCAA Division II level. Division II holds its annual meetings at the NACDA Convention. Refer to the Division II ADA section for additional information on the association.
NACDA administers the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), an organization geared to the specific needs of athletics administrators at the junior and community college level. NATYCAA holds its annual meeting at the NACDA Convention. Refer to the NATYCAA section for additional information on the association.
NACDA partnered with the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) which provides opportunities to exchange ideas, advocate increased participation and administrative opportunities for minorities in athletics. MOAA also promotes generating a sports culture that supports the values necessary to teach and learn respect for self and others.
In 2008, NACDA started the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA), which is dedicated to providing educational programs, professional development, networking opportunities and best practices to enhance event and facility management.