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Division II ADA Announces Jane Meier as 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Jan. 13, 2011

CLEVELAND - The Division II Athletics Directors Association (DII ADA) has announced the recipient of the 2011 DII ADA Lifetime Achievement Award - Jane Meier, former director of athletics at Northern Kentucky University (NKU).  The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by WeatherPORT and is given to an athletics director who has exemplified superior achievement during their career at the Division II level. 

"Our Association is privileged to present Jane withthe DII ADA Lifetime Achievement Award," stated DII ADA President Greg Waggoner, director of athletics at Western State College of Colorado.  "She was a pioneer for women in intercollegiate athletics, becoming one of the first female athletics directors in the country.  The DII ADA looks forward to honoring heraccomplishments at the NACDA Convention in June."

Meier began her career at NKU in 1978 as the head volleyball coach, and also coached both softball and women's basketball at the university before becoming the athletics director in 1988.

During Meier's tenure, NKU captured a pair of national championships, 20 regional titles and 61 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular-season or tournament championships.  In all, Northern Kentucky tallied a total of 76 NCAA Tournament appearances under Meier's leadership, including 13 final four trips.  Northern Kentucky captured the GLVC All-Sports trophy six times under Meier's watch.

Academically, NKU produced 11 postgraduate scholarship winners during Meier's career and 24 student-athletes were named Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sports.  In addition, two student-athletes were selected as NCAA Today's Top VIII Award winners.

Nationally, Meier served on a variety of NCAA committees during her tenure, including volleyball (both regionally and nationally), basketball (both regionally and nationally), Nominating, DII President's Council Media Advisory Group and the Executive Committee Membership Group.

On campus, Meier oversaw the NKU basketball teams transition into the 9,400-seat, state-of-the-art The Bank of Kentucky Center in November 2008. Two other facilities were also constructed during her time at NKU, The Frank Ignatius Grein Softball Field and The Joyce Yeager Tennis Complex. 

In 2003-04, Meier was selected by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as a recipient of the Southeast Region Athletics Director of the Year.  In addition, she was named the 2004 DII Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA).  During 2000-01, she was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's National Administrator of the Year and, in 2008, she was inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.  She has also been inducted into the Villa Madonna Academy, Greater Cincinnati Basketball and Northern Kentucky High School Athletics Directors Hall of Fames. 

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award presented by the DII ADA.  To be eligible for this award, a person must be at least 60 years old, or have spent at least 25 years in collegiate athletics, with a majority of those years as an AD.  The honoree may be currently in the profession or retired.  The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an AD who, over the course of his/her career, has made an exemplary contribution to Division II athletics and the student-athlete experience.  

About DII ADA: The DII ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the DII ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com.  The DII ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 46th year.  For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

About WeatherPORT:  WeatherPORT has seen exponential growth over the last 40-plus years, moving their base of operation from Gunnison to the Delta, Colorado area.  Currently, WeatherPORT boasts over 200 families under their employ, making them one of the largest companies in the private sector in the area.  WeatherPORT maintains several manufacturing facilities and a Research and Development facility to further innovative ways in which to meet the customers' requisite needs.