SBJ/June 12 - 18, 2000/Special Report

NACDA Regional Athletic Directors of the Year

NCAA DIVISION I-AA/I-AAA

Lew Perkins
Univeristy of Conneticut
Northeast Region

Conference: Big East
No. of years as an AD: 17
Career highlights: UConn has won NCAA championships in men's (1999) and women's basketball (1995 and 2000) during Perkins' tenure; school currently is moving to Division I-A, a move that includes building a $90 million, 40,000-seat football stadium; has guided several facility projects.

Charles Boone
University of Richmond
Southeast Region


Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
No. of years as an AD: 23
Career highlights: The Spiders’ men’s basketball program reached six NCAA tournaments and four NITs during Boone’s tenure; Richmond will join the Atlantic 10 Conference in 2001-02; Boone retired at the conclusion of the 1999-2000 school year.

Helen Smiley
Western Illinois University
Central Region


Conferences: Mid-Continent; Gateway (football only)
No. of years as an AD: 6
Career highlights: WIU has won the Mid-Continent Conference’s All-Sports Trophy and the Commissioner’s Cup for Athletic Excellence Award three times in the last four years; football program has won consecutive Gateway Conference titles.

Bill Hogan
University of San Francisco
West Region


Conference: West Coast
No. of years as an AD: 18
Career highlights: Student athletes have a 91 percent graduation rate at USF; athletic revenues have increased by 200 percent since 1991, when Hogan took over the USF program, and men’s basketball season-ticket sales have doubled; every program has increased its victories since 1991.

NCAA DIVISION II

Rita Castagna
Assumption College
Northeast Region


Conference: Northeast-10
No. of years as an AD: 13
Career highlights:
Is a member of the NCAA Division II Championship Committee; has been a member of several other NCAA committees; was the 1999 NACWAA District Administrator of the Year; inducted into the Bridgewater State College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.

Hal Smeltzly
Florida Southern College
Southeast Region


Conference: Sunshine State
No. of years as an AD: 28
Career highlights: Florida Southern has won more than 20 NCAA Division II championships during Smeltzly’s tenure; FSC student athletes have a 95 percent graduation rate; Smeltzly retired this year after 43 years as an administrator at Florida Southern.

Thomas Spicer
Fort Hays State University
Central Region


Conference: Rocky Mountain Athletic
No. of years as an AD: 17
Career highlights: Spicer initiated the return of women’s softball to the school, which included construction of a $250,000 softball complex; Fort Hays has won national championships in men’s (1996) and women’s (1991) basketball during Spicer’s tenure.

Ed Harris
West Texas A&M University
West Region


Conference: Lone Star
No. of years as an AD: 19
Career highlights: West Texas A&M has hosted six NCAA Regional tournaments since Harris took over the program in 1995; Harris is a member of the NCAA Division II Management Council and a former member of the NCAA Committee on Ethics and Sportsmanship.

NCAA DIVISION III

John Biddiscombe
Wesleyan University
Northeast Region


Conference: New England Small College
Athletic
No. of years as an AD: 13
Career highlights: Coordinates a program with 29 teams and a $2.2 million annual budget; guided construction of a $21 million athletic and recreation facility; hosted two NCAA Division III championships.

Mike Clary
Rhodes College
Southeast Region


Conference: Southern Collegiate Athletic
No. of years as an AD: 10
Career highlights: Serves as chair of the NCAA Division III Football Committee; compiled a record of 69-47-5 as football coach at Rhodes from 1984 to 1996, winning three
conference championships.

John Schael
Washington University
Central Region


Conference: University Athletic Association
No. of years as an AD: 22
Career highlights: Washington has won 60 conference titles since the formation of the UAA in 1986; was elected president of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators in 1996.

Bob King
Trinity University
West Region


Conference: Southern Collegiate Athletic
No. of years as an AD: 11
Career highlights: Trinity hosted the 1998 Division I men’s basketball Final Four; school has won six consecutive SCAC All Sports/Presidents Trophies; has served as tournament director for several NCAA Division III championships.

NAIA/Other Four-Year

Pam Hennessey
Husson College
Northeast Region


Conference: Maine Athletic
No. of years as an AD: 14
Career highlights: Named the 1996 NAIA National Administrator of the Year; is a two-time NAIA District 5 Athletic Administrator of the Year; serves on several NAIA committees, including the Coucil of Athletics Administrators.

Larry Carpenter
Lee University
Southeast Region


Conference: TranSouth
No. of years as an AD: 5
Career highlights: Won basketball national championships as both a player (1973) and coach (1994) at Lee; inducted into the Lee University Hall of Fame in 1998; serves as vice president of the TranSouth Conference.

Larry Hamilton
William Jewell College
Central Region


Conference: Heart of America Athletic
No. of years as an AD: 29
Career highlights: Was president of the NAIA Athletics Directors Association from 1990 to 1991; has served on several NAIA committees, including the Council of Athletics Administrators and the Council of Presidents.

Greg Feris
Wayland Baptist University
West Region


Conference: Sooner Athletic
No. of years as an AD: 10
Career highlights: Given the NAIA Award of Merit in 1996 and named the NAIA Athletic Administrator of the Year in 1998; has served on the NAIA Council of Athletics Administrators since 1994, including two terms as chair.

JC/CC/International

Bruce Shapiro
Monroe C.C.
Northeast Region


Conference: Western New York Region III
No. of years as an AD: 9
Career highlights: Inducted into the Monroe CC and Jewish halls of fame; had a record of 335-98 in 16 years as MCC basketball coach.

Thomas Jandovitz
Frederick C.C.
Southeast Region


Conference: Maryland Juco
No. of years as an AD: 11
Career highlights: Is a three-time Region XX Coach of the Year in golf; serves as Region XX secretary and on the Region XX Executive Committee.

Lea Plarski
St. Louis C.C.
Central Region


Conference: Midwest Community College Athletic
No. of years as an AD: 10
Career highlights: Awarded the Edward S. Steitz Award by USA Basketball in 1996 for her contributions to international basketball.

Mike Jacobsen
Utah Valley State College
West Region


Conference: Scenic West
No. of years as an AD: 16
Career highlights: Is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Baseball, Basketball and Football committees.

Patricia Murray
York University
International


Conferences: Ontario University Athletics Association; Canadian Inter-University Union
No. of years as an AD: 5
Career highlights: Has held several positions within the Canadian Olympic Association.

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