TWU DIRECTOR HALL HONOURED

Murray Hall - TWU Director of Athletics

SPARTAN ATHLETICS (ANNOUNCEMENT)
THURSDAY, JUNE 24, 2010
AWARD

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TWU DIRECTOR HALL HONOURED

ANAHEIM, Calif.
– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 29 winners of the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award (ADOY) with Trinity Western University’s Director Murray Hall winning in the International category.

It is the second time that Hall, who is entering his 23rd year leading the Spartans, has been honoured by NACDA. He previously won the International ADOY award in 2002.

During his time leading the Spartans Hall has seen the TWU Department of Athletics grow from a minor program in the British Columbia Colleges Athletic Association to a prominent program in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. The Spartans, who entered CIS competition in 1999-2000 have earned four national championships and 12 CIS championship medals and this past season had five of their six programs ranked in the CIS Top Ten.

Building on their success TWU will be expanding their presence in the CIS with the addition of six teams this fall. The Spartans will begin CIS competition in the 2010-2011 season in men’s and women’s cross-country, track and swimming. In addition TWU has hosted CIS championships in men’s and women’s soccer and will host the 2011 CIS men’s volleyball championships this March 4-6, 2011.

There are four geographic regions - northeast, southeast, central and west; while the membership is separated into seven categories - Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A); Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA); Division I (formerly Division I-AAA); Division II; Division III; NAIA; and Junior/Community Colleges, along with one International winner. One winner was selected in each of the seven categories, for a total of 29 honorees.

Winners received their awards today during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at NACDA's 45th Annual Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary explains the ADOY Award is essential because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities.

"Before the program's inception, our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need for an award such as the AD of the Year," said Cleary, who oversaw implementation of the program to allow all NACDA Officers and Honors and Awards Committee members to participate in the awards process, should they be elected. "The program brings to light the exceptional jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 29 winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of outstanding athletics directors who excel at their jobs."

About TWU:

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 4,000 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 41 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 17 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership. For more information, visit TWU's Official Athletics site at gospartans.ca.

All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.

Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners. Special Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award. A complete listing of Selection Committee members can be found on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.

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About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 45th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director.

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Last Updated: 2010-06-24
Author: Scott Stewart