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December 15, 1999

Urick Named To NACDA's Executive Committee

CLEVELAND -- In an interim action by the Officers of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Max Urick, director of athletics at Kansas State University, has been selected to fill a vacancy on NACDA's Executive Committee.

Urick joins the Committee as a University Division representative from District 5 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota). The opening was created when Joe Castiglione, athletics director at the University of Oklahoma was selected to fill an opening as NACDA's 3rd vice president. Urick had previously served on NACDA's Executive Committee in 1985-86 while he was the athletics director at Iowa State University. Therefore, he has three years remaining on his term, which will run through June 2002.

Urick became Kansas State's 12th athletics director in June 1993. Since his arrival, Urick has been a key player in the development of the Big 12 Conference and its ongoing transition. During his tenure, football season ticket revenue has jumped more than 460 percent and corporate sponsorships have risen more than 250 percent. Licensing revenue has seen a steady increasing, topping $500,000 in 1998-99 to rank among the top 15 in the nation.

On the field, K-State has participated in seven consecutive football bowl games (including this season), played in four men's basketball postseason tournaments, advanced to postseason play in women's basketball in two of the last three seasons and played in three consecutive NCAA women's volleyball tournaments. Additionally, the Wildcats have established nationally prominent programs in cross country, track and field, women's tennis, golf, women's rowing and baseball.

NACDA, which is now in its 35th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators 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 and operates 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.