ORLANDO — Dr. Howard Patterson, UT Tyler Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of Athletics, was named as one of 28 winners of the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics on Monday.
Dr. Patterson has overseen a program that has won 31 American Southwest Conference championships and two national championships since 2005.
UT Tyler has also made 32 NCAA tournament appearances since becoming eligible in 2007, including 17 individual appearances since 2008.
“I appreciate NACDA and Under Armour for this honor,” Dr. Patterson said. “However, it is simply a recognition of the outstanding coaching staff and support staff here at the University of Texas at Tyler.
“This award also speaks to the quality of student-athletes that have been a part of UT Tyler athletics since its inception in 2001.”
The Under Armour award spans seven divisions, including NCAA FBS and FCS; NCAA Division I to Division III, NAIA/four-year institutions and junior college/community colleges. Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday at NACDA’s 48th annual convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.
NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione said the AD of the Year 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 surrounding communities.
“Since 1998, NACDA has been highlighting significant contributions made by athletics directors across all divisions of our membership,” Bob Vecchione said. “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.”
The only other Texas AD to be honored was Wayland Baptist’s Greg Feris. Ron Case of Gloucester County College, which won the Junior College Division III World Series in Tyler on May 29, was also among the winners.
Jeff Williford/UT Tyler Sports Information contributed to this report