June 13, 2011
ORLANDO -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has named Portland's Larry Williams as the west region's Division I Athletic Director of the Year. Each year, NACDA names 28 winners from 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.
One winner was selected in each of the seven categories, for a total of 28 honorees. Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 18 at NACDA's 46th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.
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.
"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 outstanding jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 28 winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of exemplary athletics directors who excel at their jobs."
Joe Etzel, former director of athletics at the University of Portland, will also be honored this week as he will receive the 2011 Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday, June 16. It is the highest award presented by the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA).