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Albany's McElroy to be Inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame

Nov. 15, 2011

CLEVELAND - The John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) is proud to announce that NACDA Past President and current Vice President and Director of Athletics at the University at Albany Lee McElroy will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame as the NACDA representative on the evening of June 27, 2012.  The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual NACDA Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

McElroy, who is in his 12th year as the Albany's vice president and director of athletics, provides leadership for Albany's NCAA Division I 19-sport intercollegiate athletics program for men and women. He served as NACDA's President in 2006-07 and was recognized as the Under Armour Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Northeast Region Athletic Director of the Year.  In 2010, McElroy was selected to the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) Board of Directors. 

During his tenure, Albany has won 50 conference championships and made 19 NCAA appearances in men's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, softball, women's volleyball, baseball, women's field hockey and men's and women's track and field.  In 2004-05, the Great Danes were awarded the Commissioner's Cup as the America East Conference's top athletics program.

He was a key figure when the University successfully completed the NCAA's second cycle of Division I athletics certification. He was honored with the 2004 General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award by the All-American Football Foundation.

McElroy, who played football at UCLA in the late 1960s, was previously American University's director of athletics for four years, where he also served as president of the America East Conference Executive Committee in 2003-04.

In 1998, McElroy was named to the NACDA Executive Committee for the University Division and chaired the Learfield Sports (previously Sears) Directors' Cup Committee. 

McElroy also spent time as the director of athletics at California State University Sacramento and worked at the University of Houston from 1981 to 1988 as assistant director of men's and women's sports and as associate director of athletics, and for one year as the director of athletics at The University of the District of Columbia. 

Previous NACDA recipients include:

2010: Howard Gentry Sr. - the association's first minority officer in the 1970's while serving as director of athletics at Tennessee State.

2009: Gale Sayers -the first African-American athletics director in Division I (Southern Illinois)

2007: Gene Smith - the first African-American NACDA President

About the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.