Hyman named top Southeast AD
University of South Carolina Athletics Director Eric Hyman has been selected as the Southeast Region Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year (ADOY) by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
The Southeast Region consists of 12 states, including Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, along with the District of Columbia.
Hyman will be honored at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon June 18, at NACDA's convention in Orlando.
Hyman is joined by Western Michigan’s Kathy Beauregard (Central), Temple’s Bill Bradshaw (Northeast) and Utah’s Chris Hill (West) as the four Football Bowl Subdivision regional winners.
NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary said the ADOY Award 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. "The program brings to light the outstanding jobs done by athletics directors across the country.”
Among the criteria for 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 athletics director’s tenure.
Individuals were nominated by NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners and voted on by a current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators.
A complete listing of Selection Committee members can be found on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com.