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D2 ADA Announces NACDA Past President Tim Selgo as 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Tim Selgo
Jan. 23, 2017


AD Spotlight: Tim Selgo (Athletics Administration, August 2015)

CLEVELAND -- The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association has announced the recipient of the 2017 D2 ADA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner -- Tim Selgo, former director of athletics at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan. The Lifetime Achievement Award Winner is given to athletics directors who have exemplified superior achievement during their career at the Division II level. Selgo retired in the summer of 2016 after 20 years at the helm of the GVSU athletics program.

"Tim has been a visionary leader in Division II for many years," said D2 ADA President Pennie Parker, director of athletics at Rollins College. "He has served on multiple committees and led many associations during his time as an AD. The Grand Valley administrators and students were fortunate to have Tim as their leader, and their athletics success has been tremendous. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award."

Selgo served as NACDA President in 2015-16 and was the first Division II athletics director to assume the role. A promoter of a well-rounded athletics department, he was a key figure in Grand Valley's rise to the top of Division II athletics. GVSU finished in the top-two in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings for 15 consecutive years during his tenure, including 11 outright titles. Under Selgo's guidance, Laker student-athletes garnered 121 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year honors and 25 National Player of the Year plaudits, while Laker coaches earned 135 GLIAC Coach of the Year honors and 29 National Coach of the Year awards.

"I am humbled and honored to receive the D2 ADA Lifetime Achievement Award," Selgo said. "It is especially rewarding to know that my peers, my wonderful colleagues in Division II, honored me with this prestigious award. Awards like this do not happen in isolation. Without the phenomenal talents and work ethic of the outstanding staff and student-athletes at Grand Valley State University, this would not be possible. I also share this award with my wife Terry, who allowed me to achieve a very satisfying and rewarding career as an athletics director through her love and support. I thank the D2 ADA from the bottom of my heart!"

Selgo began his career in athletics as a standout basketball student-athlete at the University of Toledo (1976-80) where he was eventually inducted into the Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from UT in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in mathematics. Following graduation, Selgo remained at Toledo as a graduate assistant for the men's basketball program and earned his master's degree in education administration in 1982. He went on to serve as the Rockets' head women's basketball coach for three years before moving to the administrative side of intercollegiate athletics at Toledo as an associate athletics director.

In 1996, Selgo was named director of athletics at Grand Valley, marking the beginning of his 20-year legacy. He led his athletics department by three simple fundamentals of success that align well with many Division II initiatives: 1. Create the best learning environment possible; 2. Challenge Grand Valley's teams to competitive greatness; and 3. Commit the energy necessary for success. The idea of student first, athlete second was at the core of every decision Selgo made. During his time at GVSU, student-athlete GPAs continually exceeded that of the student body and by the end of his era the graduation rate would be 20 percent higher than when he was first appointed AD.

As a member of the Division II Management Council from 2007-11 and serving as chair in 2009, Selgo was highly involved with the development of the comprehensive life in the balance rule change package and the game environment and sportsmanship initiatives. He championed the initiatives both at the national level and within the walls of GVSU by fostering a work environment that had strong family inclusion. Selgo created an atmosphere where coaches could be great at their craft, but also be good fathers, mothers and partners. He was ever conscious of the student-athlete time demands, working to ensure the student-athlete experience extended beyond practice and competition and included other activities such as community engagement.

Selgo served on numerous advisory and leadership committees during his illustrious career, both inside and outside of the athletics circle, including: NCAA Division II Membership Committee, President of the GLIAC Management Council, GLIAC Executive Committee, Parish of Holy Spirit Educational Foundation Trustee, West Michigan Sports Commission Board of Directors, Grand Rapids Downtown Rotary, YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids Activate West Michigan Leadership Advisory Council, and the University of Toledo Varsity T Club Board.

Those associated with Grand Valley in any capacity maintain that Selgo wasn't a leader by title, but rather through action. His involvement and leadership roles within those committees affected change for his student-athletes, coaches, the conference and Division II. He became an influencer in the world of education, business and athletics. Shortly after his retirement from Grand Valley, Selgo began working as a consultant for Athletics Staffing and Consultants (ASC), assisting institutions and conferences with staffing needs, as well as an adjunct professor. He also wrote a book reflecting on his life and career in athletics, titled Anchor Up: Competitive Greatness the Grand Valley Way, which is due out in March.

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 must be retired or no longer serving as an active athletics director. 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 52nd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.