Creighton University Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen has been named 2014-15 AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Rasmussen is one of 28 honorees nationwide to be honored for an award that 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 on Wednesday, June 17 at NACDA’s 50th 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 notable contributions made by athletics directors across all divisions of our membership,” said NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione. “These 28 winners have been recognized by their peers for their outstanding work on campus, in their community and supporting their student-athletes. We look forward to recognizing their significant achievements at our 50th Anniversary Convention this June.”
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.