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NACDA's Vecchione Named to NFF Board

Bob Vecchione

April 3, 2013

CLEVELAND – National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Executive Director Bob Vecchione was named to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) Board of Directors announced by NFF President & CEO Steven Hatchell.

"I look forward to representing NACDA on the National Board of Directors and want to thank Steve for allowing me the opportunity to serve,” stated Vecchione. “NACDA has had the good fortune of running one of the 121 chapters, managing the day-to-day operations of the Mike Cleary Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation for the past five years, where we are able to highlight the accomplishments of our local high school and collegiate scholar-athletes annually.”

Programs such as the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, NCAA Football, the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award, the NACDA Daily Review, the Disney Institute and the Wounded Warrior Project are examples of those value added membership benefits created under his tutelage.

In 2012, the Association developed two initiatives geared toward student-athletes and their development after athletics, the Capital One Fiscal U program and Northwestern Mutual Life After Athletics program.

In an effort to expand upon NACDA’s mission and educational philosophy, 12 professional associations have been created and managed since 1992, each representing a specific business unit reporting directly to the director of athletics. The intercollegiate associations representing intercollegiate marketing, licensing, development, compliance, business managers, facility/event managers and latest addition, CoSIDA, have flourished under NACDA’s management. In addition, individual athletics directors associations falling under the NACDA’s umbrella include the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division I-AAA and Division II.  Lastly, the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) and the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) complete NACDA’s association management program that can be directly attributed to an increase of 4,000 new members since 1992.  Vecchione is the statutory agent for each of the aforementioned associations. NACDA’s 13th Association, the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), joined in August 2012.



The Annual NACDA Convention has virtually tripled in revenue and stature since 1992 and has grown to become the premier meeting place for athletics administrators.  The Convention attracts more than 2,500 administrators and over 300 corporate exhibitors. Additionally, Vecchione has created an multi-tiered sponsorship program that has grown to represent in excess of 25 corporations, providing more than $2 million in monies, goods and services.  Most recently, Fox Sports signed a multi-year agreement to become the title sponsor of the NACDA Convention.

Currently, Vecchione also serves as chair of the NCAA Football Youth Initiatives Committee, is a member of the NCAA Football Marketing Subcommittee, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Board and is on the advisory Board of the College Sports Video Summit.

About NACDA:  NACDA, now in its 48th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 13 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.