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D2 ADA Announces Barton's Hall as 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Jan. 22, 2015

CLEVELAND - The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) has announced the recipient of the 2015 D2 ADA Lifetime Achievement Award - Gary Hall, former director of athletics at Barton College. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to athletics directors who have exemplified superior achievement during their career at the Division II level. Hall recently announced his retirement from the athletics department after leading the Bulldogs for 25 years.

"Gary led Barton to unprecedented success during his 25 years at the helm of the Bulldogs," stated D2 ADA President Eric Schoh, director of athletics at Winona State. "The D2 ADA looks forward to honoring his accomplishments at the Convention in June."

Under Hall's watch, the Bulldogs have doubled the number of intercollegiate sports on campus, now competing in 18. During the last 24 years of competition for the Joby Hawn Cup, the all-sports award for Conference Carolinas, Barton has won the award three times and placed second on seven occasions. Barton's student-athletes set a new standard for academic success in 2013-14 as the letter-winners for all teams combined to achieve an average grade point average of 3.1 for the spring semester and a cumulative 3.0 average at the conclusion of the year.

Hall chaired the athletics directors of the then Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference when they recommended in 1991 that the league change its national affiliation from NAIA to NCAA Division II. He then led Barton through the transition process with the Bulldogs first competing as NCAA members beginning in the 1995-96 year. He was selected as NAIA District 26 Athletic Administrator of Year for 1990-91 and 1993-94.

Hall has led numerous conference committees, serving for seven years as the Chair of the Athletic Directors Committee of Conference Carolinas. He also chaired numerous league ad hoc committees and has served on the league's Executive Committee. He served on the Student-Athlete Affairs Committee and Personnel Committee and was the Athletics Director Liaison for the Soccer Coaches Committee. He is currently serving his tenth year on an NCAA Division II Regional Advisory Committee. Hall is a long-time member of NACDA and served on the D2 ADA Board of Directors.

He also led the Barton men's soccer team until 2007. Prior to his time at Barton, Hall was the head soccer coach at Campbell University and Lenoir-Rhyne University.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award presented by the D2 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 athletics directors who, over the course of his/her career, have made an exemplary contribution to Division II athletics and the student-athlete experience.

About D2 ADA: The D2 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 D2 ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com. The D2 ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 50th year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.