Kennesaw’s Williams named 2016-17 Athletics Director of the Year

Kennesaw State Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams has been named the 2016-17 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year.

According to a release on Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Williams will officially receive the award at the NACDA’s Convention in Orlando, Florida this June.

“On behalf of the entire Kennesaw State University community, I extend my congratulation to Vaughn and his family,” KSU President Sam Olens said in a release. “His tenure as KSU’s Director of Athletics has been marked by unprecedented growth, not only in our sports programs, but in critical areas such as fund raising, corporate partnerships, community engagement, and student achievement. He is certainly deserving of this recognition.”

Under Vaughn’s leadership, the Owls have seen several successful coaching hires, like Brian Bohannon who launched the KSU football program with back-to-back winning seasons. Vaughn also brought on veteran basketball coaches Al Skinner and Agnus Berenato.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition, but this is an Owl Nation award,” said Williams in a KSU release. “It is indicative of the hard work and tireless efforts of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff to build a Kennesaw State Athletics brand that we can all take pride in.”

According to the NADCA, some of the main requirements for the AD of the Year eligibility are as follows:

Among the criteria for the award’s selection were service as an AD for a minimum of five 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. Selection committees comprised 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 awards.


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