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Background on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), now in its 38th year, serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 collegiate athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,750 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. NACDA's membership includes athletics administrators at colleges and universities in the NCAA, NAIA and at junior and community colleges.

Through its annual series of management seminars, workshops and clinics, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. The NACDA Foundation annually provides scholarships and internships for student?athletes and students studying sports management and administration. Since 1982, the NACDA Foundation has provided more than $10.2 million in postgraduate scholarships. Additionally, NACDA publishes Athletics Administration, an informative national magazine considered the voice of collegiate athletics administration, six times a year. The National Directory of College Athletics, which lists all of the institutions, addresses, phone numbers and personnel, is also an official publication of NACDA.

In 1993, NACDA initiated the Directors' Cup, a program that honors the all-sports champion. For the first two years, the program recognized the champion in the NCAA Division I. However, 1995-96 was the first year the Directors' Cup program encompassed all divisions of the NCAA -- I, II and III, and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies. The overall champion is the institution that has a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Accompanying this program is a scholarship component in which more than 100 postgraduate scholarships are awarded.

Since 1983, NACDA has directed the operation of the annual collegiate Kickoff Classic football game held each year in late August. The game signals the beginning of the college football season and benefits the National Football Foundation's Hall of Fame, the AFCA and the NACDA Foundation. NACDA has also served a similar function for the Pigskin Classic, whose inaugural contest was in 1990.

In 1994, NACDA joined forces with the AFCA to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of College Football. A logo was designed which was sported by more than 400 teams and in more than 60 venues around the country. A commemorative magazine was also published. An outgrowth of this was College Football USA (CoFUSA), another joint effort by NACDA and the AFCA. This program unified the 671 football-playing institutions through the use of the CoFUSA logo and a program of sponsorship, licensing/merchandising, publicity, promotions, public relations and marketing. An additional outgrowth was NCAA Football and NAIA Football, in which the NCAA and NAIA joined with NACDA and the AFCA.

In 1998, NACDA initiated the NACDA AD of the Year Awards, which were created to honor intercollegiate directors of athletics for their commitment and administrative excellence within a campus and/or college community. The award spans six divisions (NCAA Division I-A, I-AA/I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year and JC/CC) and annually honors 25 athletics directors (four from each division) and one international recipient as regional winners.

NACDA also administers the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA), the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD), the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators (NAACC), the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association, the Division II Athletics Directors Association, the National Alliance of Two-Year Collegiate Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA) and the International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA).