SBJ/June 9 - 15, 2003/Special Report

NACDA Regional Athletic Director of the Year winners

As part of our special report on college sports, Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal presents the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics' 2002-03 Regional Athletic Director of the Year award winners, listed below.

Winners were chosen in each of four regions — Northeast, Southeast, Central and West — and in six categories — NCAA Division I-A, NCAA Division I-AA/I-AAA, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA and other four-year institutions, and junior and community colleges. There also is one international winner.

Each of the winners must have been nominated by a NACDA-member athletic director, school president or conference commissioner and must have served as an athletic director for a minimum of five consecutive academic years.

ADOY: Division I-A

Curley
Tim Curley
Penn State University
NORTHEAST REGION

Conference: Big Ten
Career highlights: Penn State has earned six top-10 and three top-five placings in the Sears Directors' Cup standings; in recent years, the athletic department has completed more than $136 million in facility improvements, including expanding capacity of Beaver Stadium to 107,282; the Nittany Lions had an athlete graduation rate of 82 percent during the most recent academic year.


Wellman
Ron Wellman
Wake Forest University
SOUTHEAST REGION

Conference: ACC
• Career highlights: Oversees an athletic department that had a $24 million budget in 2001-02; the Demon Deacons had an athlete graduation rate of 77 percent during the most recent academic year.


Taylor
Rick Taylor
Northwestern University
CENTRAL REGION

Conference: Big Ten
• Career highlights: During his tenure at Northwestern, athletic department revenue has increased, numerous improvements have been made to facilities and more than 200 athletes have earned first-team All-Big Ten status; Taylor is retiring effective Aug. 31.


Smith
Gene Smith
Arizona State University
WEST REGION

Conference: Pac-10
• Career highlights: Oversaw completion of a $30 million capital campaign, which in part funded the construction of the $19 million Ed and Nadine Carson Student-Athlete Center; in his three years at ASU, Smith has hired football, soccer, wrestling, women's golf, water polo and volleyball coaches.

ADOY: Division I-AA/I-AAA

Blake
Curtis Blake
Rider University
NORTHEAST REGION

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic
• Career highlights: School has added five varsity sports under Blake's guidance; served as co-host of the 2002 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.


Jarrett
Jim Jarrett
Old Dominion University
SOUTHEAST REGION

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
• Career highlights: Old Dominion teams have captured 26 national championships during Jarrett's tenure; has tripled the department's athletic facilities.


Parry
John Parry
Butler University
CENTRAL REGION

Conference: Horizon League
• Career highlights: During Parry's tenure, Butler has added varsity teams for women's soccer, women's golf and men's lacrosse; Butler has won more than 40 conference championships in 12 sports; department regularly graduates 80 percent of its athletes.


Hogan
Wayne Hogan
University of Montana
WEST REGION

Conference: Big Sky
• Career highlights: Tenure at Montana has included two NCAA Division I-AA football national championships, and the Grizzlies have appeared in the national championship game four times; twice the school has won the Big Sky football, men's basketball and women's basketball championships in a single year, an unprecedented sweep in the conference.

ADOY: Division II

Skinner
Dana Skinner
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
NORTHEAST REGION

Conference: Northeast 10
• Career highlights: Helped school gain admittance into the Northeast 10 Conference; worked with city and state officials to get 6,500-seat Paul Tsongas Arena and 5,000-seat Edward LeLacheur Park constructed; directed construction of new team locker rooms, office space for coaches, a new softball complex, a soccer stadium and an outdoor complex for football, field hockey and track and field.


May
Jeff May
Lander University
SOUTHEAST REGION

Conference: Peach Belt
• Career highlights: Serves on the Peach Belt Athletics Council, and has served as the chair of the Peach Belt Conference committee and on the NCAA South Atlantic Regional Basketball Committee; inducted into Lander's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999.


Selgo
Tim Selgo
Grand Valley State University
CENTRAL REGION

Conference: Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic
• Career highlights: During his tenure, the Grand Valley football stadium has been expanded to 6,344 seats, a track was added around the field and lights were put up at the stadium; a new weight room, and press boxes and concessions areas for the baseball and softball fields also have been built; Grand Valley finished second in the 2000-01 Sears Directors' Cup standings.


Poage
Wayne Poage
Dallas Baptist University
WEST REGION

Conference: Heartland
• Career highlights: During Poage's tenure, Dallas Baptist's athletic program has grown from four sports to 14, with the number of athletes increasing from 61 to 180; athletic department's graduation rate has increased from 51 percent to more than 70 percent.

ADOY: Division III

Harper
John Harper
Bridgewater State College
NORTHEAST REGION

Conference: Old Dominion Athletic
• Career highlights: Led construction of the 80,000-square-foot Adrian Tinsley Center and the Alumni Park baseball/softball complex; served a three-year term as commissioner of the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference.


Miller
Geoff Miller
Goucher College
SOUTHEAST REGION

Conference: Capital Athletic
• Career highlights: Led the design and construction of a $3.5 million track and field complex; served a two-year term as president of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association and six years on the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee.


Ackerman
Allen Ackerman
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
CENTRAL REGION

Conference: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic
• Career highlights: Under his direction, Wisconsin-Oshkosh teams have won 12 national championships and 52 conference championships; led construction of a new natatorium and facility improvements to the school's stadium, indoor sports complexes and weight facility that cost more than $3.7 million.


Wallo
Steve Wallo
Lewis & Clark College
WEST REGION

Conference: Northwest
• Career highlights: Has led nearly $3 million in capital upgrades to the school's athletic facilities, including renovations to the Pamplin Sports Center and at the baseball and softball fields.

ADOY: NAIA

Dennison
Jim Dennison
Walsh University
NORTHEAST REGION

Conference: America Mid-East; Mid-States (football)
• Career highlights: Led Walsh in instituting football, where he serves as head coach and his teams have never had a losing season; more than 50 percent of Walsh athletes achieve a 3.0 grade point average.


Ridder
Steve Ridder
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
SOUTHWEST REGION

Conference: Florida Sun
• Career highlights: During his tenure, school's number of athletic teams have increased from five to 11 and the athletic department staff has grown from five full-time employees to 16; also developed a sports information office and the start of women's athletics at the school.


Harris
Dan Harris
Baker University
CENTRAL REGION

Conference: Heart of America Athletic
• Career highlights: During Harris' tenure, Baker has finished in the top three of the HAAC All-Sports Trophy for 10 years; was appointed chair of the NAIA Region V in 1999, and was named HAAC and NAIA Athletic Director of the Year in 2002.


Holmquist
Dave Holmquist
Biola University
WEST REGION

Conference: Golden State Athletic
• Career highlights: Has been a member of the GSAC Athletic Director Executive Committee and served as the GSAC basketball liaison; named the GSAC Athletic Director of the Year and the NAIA Region II Athletic Director of the Year in 2001.

ADOY: International

Quigley
Therese Quigley
McMaster University
INTERNATIONAL

Conference: OUA, CIAU
• Career highlights: Became the first female AD in Ontario in 1990; has raised $37 million for new athletic facilities, and signed the first Nike all-school agreement in Canada; is a board member for the 2003 World Cycling Championships and a member of the bid committee for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

ADOY: Division JC/CC

Case
Ron Case
Gloucester County College
NORTHEAST REGION

Conference: Garden State
• Career highlights: During Case's tenure, the Road Runners have won 11 NJCAA Division III national championships.


Cox
James Cox
Miami-Dade Community College
SOUTHWEST REGION

Conference: Southern, FCCAA
• Career highlights: During Cox's tenure, Miami-Dade has captured three NJCAA national championships and seven Florida Community College Activities State Championships.


Steele
Kevin Steele
Redlands Community College
CENTRAL REGION

Conference: Independent
• Career highlights: Serves as NJCAA Region 2 director for Oklahoma and Arkansas.

 


Guthmiller
Karen Guthmiller
Lee College
WEST REGION

Conference: Region XIV
• Career highlights: Has served as the Region XXIV Director for Women and on numerous NJCAA committees; was inducted as the first of five coaches into the NJCAA Hall of Fame for volleyball.

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