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The National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators Changes its Name and Logo

Jan. 30, 2008

Cleveland, OH - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced that the professional organization for athletics compliance has officially changed its name to the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) and will no longer be referred to as the National Association of Athletics Compliance Coordinators.

This name change occurs in conjunction with a major restructure of the organization intended to better serve intercollegiate athletics. To lead this change, the NAAC Board of Directors recently elected Judy Van Horn, associate athletic director at the University of Michigan, to serve as president and Amy Folan, associate athletic director at the University of Texas at Austin, to serve as 1st vice president. New NAAC initiatives include reviewing the revised NCAA governance process, evaluating NCAA legislative proposals including their impact on campus personnel, discussion related to the establishment of industry standards for compliance monitoring on campus, and developing professional standards for compliance professionals. The group is committed to lending its expertise to strengthening its contribution nationally for the betterment of intercollegiate athletics.

"NACDA is excited about the forward movement occurring within the NAAC organization," stated NACDA President Kevin White, director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame. "For the first time, they will be meeting at the NACDA Convention with other affiliate associations under the NACDA umbrella. This falls in line with NACDA's mission of providing educational opportunities and serving as a vehicle for networking, the exchange of information and advocacy on behalf of the profession."

The past two years, NAAC held its conventions on college campuses, namely the University of Minnesota and the University of Texas at Austin. "In all my years in this business, the growth and impact of compliance is one of the most significant developments in college athletics. Athletics directors know that we need this group to provide national leadership on NCAA compliance issues," stated DeLoss Dodds, men's athletics director at the University of Texas.

Judy Van Horn, who has helped facilitate the transition of NAAC stated, "Compliance professionals understand that we need to do our part to assist athletics directors and presidents to protect the integrity of their athletics programs. The landscape is increasingly complex, and no president wants an NCAA infractions surprise. There is a tremendous need to clarify compliance expectations on our campuses, have a clear voice on major compliance issues and serve as a resource for the NCAA and its membership."

The NAAC Convention will include programming and professional development for compliance professionals and will take place June 8-9, 2008, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. For more information on NAAC visit www.naaccompliance.com.