June 13, 2000
NACDA/Continental Airlines AD Of The Year Winners Announced
ORLANDO, Florida -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 25 winners of the NACDA/ Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today.
There are four geographic regions - northeast, southeast, central and west; while the membership is separated into six categories - Division I-A; Division I-AA/I-AAA combined; Division II, Division III; NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions combined; and Junior/Community Colleges. One winner was selected in each of the six categories, along with one international winner for a total of 25 honorees. Winners were presented with their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at NACDA's 35th Anniversary Convention at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida.
NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary says the ADOY Award is necessary because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities.
"Our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need for an award such as the AD of the Year," said Cleary, who oversaw implementation of the program to allow all NACDA Officers and Honors and Awards Committee members to participate in the awards process, should they be elected. "The program brings to light the exceptional jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 25 winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of outstanding athletics directors who excel at their jobs."
Winners of the 1999-2000 NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award are:
All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.) in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.
Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners. Winners will also be honored on their campuses or in their .
Special Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award. Selection Committee members included Jennifer Alley, executive director, NACWAA; Steve Baker, president/CEO, NAIA; Dutch Baughman, executive director, Division I-A Athletic Directors Association; Linda Bruno, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference; Clay Chapman, former commissioner, Eastern College Athletic Conference; Joe Crowley, president, Nevada; Doug Echols, commissioner, South Atlantic Conference; Joanne Fortunato, commissioner, California Community College Commission on Athletics; James Frank, former commissioner, Southwestern Athletic Conference; Ken Free, former commissioner, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference; Tim Gleason, commissioner, Ohio Athletic Conference; Tom Hansen, commissioner, Pacific-10 Conference; Charles Harris, commissioner, MEAC; Robert Hiegert, commissioner, California Collegiate Athletic Association; Gene Hooks, director, Division I-A CHAMPS/Life Skills; James Houdeshell, commissioner, American Mideast Conference; Joe Kearney, former commissioner, Western Athletic Conference; George Killian, executive director, NJCAA; Betty Kruczek, former AD, Fitchburg State; Kerry Moynihan, former commissioner, Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union; John Swofford, commissioner, ACC; Craig Thompson, commissioner, Mountain West Conference; John Toner, former AD, Connecticut; Patty Viverito, commissioner, Gateway Football Conference; Alfred White, commissioner, Southern Conference; Scotty Whitelaw, former commissioner, ECAC; Tom Wistrcill, commissioner, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference; and Tom Yeager, commissioner, Colonial Athletic Association.
Additionally, 1998-99 winners who were members of the Selection Committee included Peggy Anderson, Eastern Oregon; Bob Bottger, St. Louis CC-Meramec; Bill Byrne, Nebraska; Rudy Carvajal, Cal State-Bakersfield; Rocky Carzo, Tufts; Deborah Chin, New Haven; Bill Cords, Marquette; Vin Cullen, CC of Rhode Island; Gary Cunningham, California-Santa Barbara; Allan Ferchuk, Red Deer (Alberta); Paul Griffin, South Florida; Jerry Hughes, Central Missouri State; Tom Kinder, Bridgewater; Jim Livengood, Arizona; Ronald Mann, Prince George's CC; Bob Marcum, Massachusetts; C.M. Newton, Kentucky; Frank O'Brien, Wisconsin-Stevens Point; Phil Roach, Rollins; Hal Smith, Malone; Harry Statham, McKendree; Judy Sweet, California-San Diego; Al Vanderbush, Army; and Willie Washington, Benedict.
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.