March 26, 2018
The National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) has launched the 2018 NADIIIAA Richard A. Rasmussen Lifetime Achievement Award nomination process. The Richard Rasmussen Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the University Athletic Association executive director, and founder of NADIIIAA, will be presented to athletic administrators who have dedicated their professional career to the advancement of Division III. This award is given to individuals who best exemplify the leadership and service that has made a significant impact on DIII as demonstrated by Richard (Dick) Rasmussen during his tenure as an athletic administrator.
The NADIIIAA executive committee will present the award to recognize and honor extraordinary career achievement in guidance, commitment and duty to Division III. This will not be an annual award.
Nominations will be accepted from any current NADIIIAA member.
Richard (Dick) Rasmussen has served as Executive Director of the University Athletic Association since the Association began official operations in July of 1987. Prior to assuming his leadership role in the Association he served as Head Baseball Coach and Business Manager for the Department of Sports and Recreation at the University of Rochester. In this capacity, he was a member of the planning group that shaped the original proposals for the formation of the UAA. During his 14-year career at Rochester, "Raz" also coached football for nine years and worked for several years as a computer programmer and research analyst in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. His 1980 Rochester Baseball squad was the first men’s team at the University to qualify for an NCAA Division III team championship.
Rassmusen has extensive committee service, including stints on the NCAA Council, the NCA Restructuring Task Force and the Division III Management Council and as the chair of the Division III Membership Committee. He is a past president, and the current treasurer, of the Division III Commissioners Association and a recipient of that group’s Distinguished Service Award. He was also the first recipient of the DIIICA Meritorious Service Award, recognizing significant, sustained achievement and contributions to college athletics at the national level. He was a co-founder of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators (NADIIIAA) and its current Executive Director.
To submit a nomination, click here. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, April 17.
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