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BIG EAST's D'Antonio 2009 NAAC Frank Kara Leadership Award Recipient

May 27, 2009

CLEVELAND – The National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC) has announced that Joseph D’Antonio, Associate Commissioner/Compliance & Governance of the Big East Conference has been named the recipient of the 2009 Frank Kara Leadership Award. D’Antonio will receive his award on Thursday, June 18 in conjunction with the NAAC Convention that is being held on Wednesday-Thursday, June 17-18 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The Frank Kara Leadership award is NAAC’s most prestigious annual award and is named in honor of former University of Minnesota Director of Compliance, Frank Kara. Nominees must be a NAAC member; be employed as a full-time compliance administrator at an institution, conference or the NCAA at the time of the nomination; demonstrate leadership and vision promoting athletics compliance; demonstrate commitment, cooperation and allegiance in promoting excellence in athletics compliance; demonstrate a commitment to professional development and mentoring of compliance staff; serve as a positive role model; and be committed to rules education and monitoring.

“Joey is a consummate leader. Visionary and yet able to analyze the details, Joey clearly articulates NCAA compliance and legislative issues,” stated NAAC President Judy Van Horn, associate athletics director/senior woman administrator at the University of Michigan. “On a personal level, he is compassionate and approachable. It is the total sum of all these qualities that make him the ideal recipient for the Frank Kara Leadership Award.”

At the Big East, D’Antonio oversees the Conference’s NCAA governance, legislative, enforcement, legal and compliance services. Additionally, he currently serves as the Conference's representative to and the chairman of the NCAA Division I Legislative Council. He is also a member of the NAAC Board of Directors.



In November 2005, D'Antonio came to the BIG EAST from Providence College where he most recently served as the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance and Administration. During his eight-year tenure at Providence College he was promoted on three separate occasions and served in a number of administrative capacities. A 1993 graduate of the New England School of Law in Boston where he earned Dean's List honors, D'Antonio was admitted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Bar in 1994 and worked in private practice prior to 1997.

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