WICHITA, Kan. -

Wichita State Athletic Director Eric Sexton has won a national award as A.D. of the year.  Here is the full press release from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics:

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon onWednesday, June 11 at NACDA's 49th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.

NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione explains the ADOY Award is essential because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

"Since 1998, NACDA has been highlighting the impressive contributions made by athletics directors across all divisions of our membership," said NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione. "This award allows athletics directors to be recognized not only nationally, but also in their respective communities which heightens the awareness of their leadership position in the athletics enterprise."

Winners of the 2013-14 Under Armour AD of the Year Awards are: 

Winner

Institution

 

Football Bowl Subdivision

Scott Barnes

Utah State

Thomas Boeh

Fresno State

Dan Guerrero

UCLA

Jim Weaver

Virginia Tech

 

Football Championship Subdivision

Rob Bernardi

Nicholls State

Troy Dannen

Northern Iowa

Sandy Hatfield Clubb

Drake

Hunter Yurachek

Coastal Carolina

 

Division I-AAA

Chris May

St. Louis

Jack McDonald

Quinnipiac

Kim Record

UNC Greensboro

Eric Sexton

Wichita State

 

Division II

Kevin Buisman

Minnesota State Mankato

Jim Johnson

Pittsburg State

Joan McDermott

Metro State

David Scott

West Florida

 

Division III

Thomas Calder

Johns Hopkins

Tim Downes

Emory

Tracey Ranieri

SUNY Oneonta

Don Tencher

Rhode Island College

 

NAIA

Jack Hank

Our Lady of the Lake

Troy Plummer

Grand View

Keith Spataro

Menlo

Shay Wyatt

Westminster

 

Junior/Community Colleges

Richard Holler

Westmoreland County CC

John Jackson

Dean College

Greg Silcox

Paradise Valley CC

Jack Sullivan

County College of Morris

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 49th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 10,400 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 4,000 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 13 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.