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June 8, 2001

Jacobsen Recipient of NATYCAA's L. William Miller Award

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Mike Jacobsen, director of athletics at Utah Valley State College (UVSC) was selected as the recipient of L. William Miller Award presented by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletics Administrators (NATYCAA).

The award was presented today at NATYCAA's annual convention at the Little and Grand America Hotels in Salt Lake City, Utah. Presented for excellence in athletics administration, it is the highest award presented by the association.

Jacobsen is in his 15th year as the athletics director at Utah Valley State College.

Under Jacobsen's direction, the UVSC athletics program has flourished. The Wolverines have claimed a host of conference and regional championships and have posted top 10 national finishes in volleyball, basketball and cross country.

Jacobsen has been active in the athletics community, serving on a number of local, regional and national committees. He was president of the Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference and is currently the director of Region 18 of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). He is serving on the NJCAA committees for Division I basketball, baseball and football. He is also a past president of NATYCAA. He is on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Committee. He has been president of the Utah Football Coaches Association and the Professional Association of College Employees at UVSC. He also serves on the Utah County Cancer Board and the Board of Directors of the Provo Rotary.

Jacobsen received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University.

NATYCAA provides educational and networking opportunities for two-year college athletics administrators.

NATYCAA is administered by NACDA, which is now in its 36th 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, Mexico and Canada. 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. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II, III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.

Contact: Laurie Garrison
 Assistant Executive Director, Communications
 440/892-4007 (Fax)
 E-mail: lgarrison@nacda.com
 Web Site: www.nacda.com