CLEVELAND - MCC Director of Athletics Dudley "Skip" Bailey was named one of 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY), as announced today by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
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 be recognized during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 13 at NACDA's 52nd Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Bailey, who is in his seventh year as Monroe AD, oversaw a program that won nine Region III championships and an NJCAA national title in women's lacrosse during the 2015-2016 school year. In addition, 15 student-athletes were recipients of NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards, and three teams (women's soccer, women's swimming, and men's golf) were honored by the organization for having cumulative grade point averages over 3.0.
NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione explains the Under Armour 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.
"Once again, we are proud to honor the 28 directors of athletics, from all levels of NACDA's membership, as the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Class of 2016-17," said Vecchione. "This award was created by the leadership of NACDA in 1998 to honor those athletics directors who have done an outstanding job in the eyes of their peers. In the 19-year history of the program, we have honored in excess of 425 of the top athletics directors in the industry."
Bailey directs one of the most successful two-year college intercollegiate athletic programs in the country. He has been the recipient of numerous awards during his career, including NJCAA Region III Athletic Director of the Year Award in 2011 and 2014, as well as the NJCAA's Service Award in 2016.
Under Armour is now in its ninth year of sponsoring the award and over 200 different ADs have been honored with the award during that time.
"The Athletics Director of the Year Award honors those men and women who are visionary leaders in college athletics," said Nick Carparelli, Under Armour senior director of college sports. "Under Armour is proud to partner with NACDA to facilitate this recognition for the top athletics directors across all divisions."
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 during the tenure of the current athletics director.