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Under Armour AD of the Year Award


The Under Armour AD of the Year Award recognizes administrative excellence within the campus and/or college community environment. It is for NACDA members in the U.S. and is presented for significant contributions made by a director of athletics at their institution in their respective division. This award is presented annually in NCAA Divisions FBS, FCS, Divisions I-AAA, II and III, NAIA/other four-year institutions and junior/ community colleges. Winners will be presented with their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at NACDA's 52nd Annual Convention. There will be 28 winners, four per division. Athletics directors may win the award only once in three years.

Eligibility and Criteria
All directors of athletics, provided they meet the following criteria, are eligible. The nominee must:

    • Be a NACDA member.
    • Have served as an athletics director for a minimum of five (5) consecutive academic years (July 1-June 30).
    • Be employed in a full-time capacity as the director of athletics (not as an associate, assistant or senior woman administrator) at the institution listed at the time of nomination.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to higher education and student-athletes.
    • Demonstrate continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to continuing education for the athletics administrative staff.
    • Demonstrate the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishment.
    • Demonstrate leadership and/or significant outreach for the betterment of youth and/or the local community.
    • Show leadership on the regional and/or national levels through serving on (1) NACDA committees; (2) NCAA, NAIA or junior/community college committees; (3) other athletics committees (NACWAA, USOC, AAU, etc.).
    • Have received previous awards for administrative excellence.
    • If a nominated athletics director's institution is on probation, he/she is not eligible for the ADOY award until the institution is removed from the appropriate governing bodies' probation.
    • Any director of athletics who meets all other criteria for the award and who has inherited a program currently on probation or is under review for probation (or lack of institutional control), is eligible to receive the award, as long as no other significant violations have occurred since his/her arrival that contribute(d) to the aforementioned.



Nominations must be submitted by Monday, January 23, 2017. Please submit nominations using this link. No other submission methods will be accepted. Nominators are required to submit a nomination form on behalf of a nominee, as well as a brief recommendation and an up-to-date biography.

For questions, please contact Katie Newman in the NACDA office at 440-788-7474.