Jan. 23, 2013
CLEVELAND – The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 D2 ADA Lifetime Achievement Award – Kathleen Brasfield, former director of athletics at Angelo State University (ASU) and Jack Bishop, athletics director at Central Washington University (CWU). The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to athletics directors who have exemplified superior achievement during their career at the Division II level.
“We are excited to honor these two outstanding advocates of Division II athletics,” stated D2 ADA President Anita Barker, director of athletics at Chico State. “Kathleen and Jack have led their respective institutions to unprecedented levels in Division II and the D2 ADA looks forward to recognizing them for their achievements over the years.”
Brasfield was a fixture at ASU and NCAA Division II for more than 30 years and was hired as the women’s athletics director in 1982. She led the entire department beginning in 2004, ultimately expanding it to 13 intercollegiate sports with the most recent additions being women’s golf (2009) and women’s indoor track (2011). Recent highlights include being named the Division II West Region Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year in 2011 and spearheading ASU’s hosting of the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship in women’s track and field.
Brasfield was instrumental in procuring the first endowment solely for Angelo State, which provided for a new scoreboard and improvements to the track facility prior to the NCAA DII National Championships, which ASU hosted for the fifth time.
Also active on the national scene, Brasfield served on the NCAA DII Management Council, serving as chair in 2010. She also served several stints on the NCAA DII Volleyball Regional Advisory Committee and spent four seasons on the NCAA DII Volleyball National Advisory Committee. A native of Abilene, Brasfield received her bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and her master’s degree from ASU.
Bishop has spent the last 13 years at the helm of CWU, completing the university’s transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division II. He previously spent time as athletics director at Southern Utah University (SUU) and assistant (for advancement) to the SUU President.
Since 1993, Bishop has championed the survival of Division II football in the West, serving in many capacities for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), including on the NCAA Division II Football Championships Committee as task force chair, representative to the Division 2 ADA Board of Directors, GNAC Management Council (chair) and GNAC Finance Committee.
Throughout his tenure at CWU, he has facilitated upgrades to the Wildcat football, soccer, baseball and softball facilities and has spearheaded the development of conference tournaments to enhance post-season opportunities for student-athletes.
Bishop is a graduate of Southern Utah University and is the winningest football coach in the history of his alma mater. He was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
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 D2ADA: 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 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.