December 18, 1998
Inaugural Division I-AA ADs Association Academic All-Star Team Named
Cleveland, Ohio -- The 35 winners of the inaugural Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team were announced today by the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AA ADA).
The winners were chosen from 63 nominees and were announced at the Division I-AA football championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The 35 members of the Division I-AA Academic All-Star Team are:
"All of the nominees, and particularly the 35 winners represent the talent and dedication of the student-athletes at Division I-AA institutions," said Dave Roach, chair of the Division I-AA ADA Academic All-Star Team Selection Committee and athletics director at Brown University. "They are excellent choices to receive this inaugural award."
Football players from all Division I-AA institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the 63 nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
A special Review Committee of Division I-AA athletics directors and football coaches was responsible for selecting the finalists. Completing this task were Dave Roach, chair, AD, Brown; Gene Doris, AD, Fairfield; Ken LaRose, football coach, Butler; Steve McCarty, AD, Stephen F. Austin; and Chris Ritrievi, AD, Northern Iowa.
Now in its sixth year, the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance Division I-AA football. The Division I-AA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Now in its 34th year, NACDA serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. NACDA also owns the two preseason football games, the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II and III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.