Angela Marin and Eric Blanchard Named Recipients of NADIIIAA Administrator Awards|
Jan. 10, 2017
CLEVELAND - The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) has announced the recipients of this year’s NADIIIAA Emerging Athletic Administrator and Transitioning Administrator Awards. Angela Marin, assistant athletics director/SWA at the University of Texas Dallas (UT Dallas) is the recipient of the Emerging Athletic Administrator Award, while Eric Blanchard, assistant to the athletics director at Rhode Island College (RIC), was named the Transitioning Athletic Administrator Award winner for 2017. Annually, each award winner is presented with a commemorative plaque and a $1,000 professional development grant from NADIIIAA.
Both Marin and Blanchard will receive their awards during the NADIIIAA Reception at the NCAA Convention held in Nashville, TN on Saturday, January 21.
The NADIIIAA Emerging Athletic Administrator Award is presented to a professional with seven or fewer year’s cumulative experience as a titled athletics administrator at the Division III level. The award recognizes involvement and leadership roles on an institution campus or in a conference office.
Marin came to the UT Dallas and immediately jumped in, serving as the point person in compliance, a tournament director for various NCAA Championships, the SAAC liaison, community service contact for the athletics department, while also providing a leadership role within the American Southwest Conference. Marin has been the main conduit for between the athletics department and faculty, making sure the communication between the two is as seamless as it can be. Nationally, Marin currently serves on NCAA and NACWAA committees, while also serving on a plethora of campus committees. Previously, Marin work on the University of New Orleans campus.
The NADIIIAA Transitioning Athletic Administrator Award is presented to a professional who has transitioned from coaching or other professional duties to athletic administration and who has seven or fewer year’s cumulative experience as a titled athletics administrator at the Division III level. The award also recognizes involvement and leadership roles on an institution campus or in a conference office.
Blanchard, a former student-athlete and SAAC member at RIC, has continued his passion for learning in the department moving up from a student-worker while an undergraduate to his current position as assistant to the athletics director, which essentially an assistant AD role. In addition, he also serves as a faculty member in the mathematics departments and previously served as a faculty member for a freshman orientation class. While moving up the ranks in the department and teaching, he also earned his graduate degree in sports administration. Blanchard assists in special projects for the department, facilities, SAAC advisor, facility rentals and staff scheduling, concessions, team travel, summer sports camps, equipment orders and a variety of other programs and planning that is needed on a case by case basis.
About NADIIIAA: NADIIIAA is an association comprised of athletics administrators from the nearly 450 institutions and 43 conferences competing at the NCAA Division III level. A primary purpose of NADIIIAA is to encourage the continued development of athletics programs focused on the student-athlete and based on sound educational philosophy.