North Dakota State University of Director of Athletics Gene Taylor was one of 29 winners as the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) recipients.
DALLAS, Texas - North Dakota State University of Director of Athletics Gene Taylor was one of 29 winners as the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) recipients.
Taylor, who received the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Central Region honor, was one of four FCS winners recognized. This is his second Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award, winning previously in 2008.
Taylor will receive his award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 27 at NACDA's 47th Annual Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Taylor has been a man on a mission and has Bison athletics on the move in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and Western Wrestling Conference.
Since starting at NDSU in 2001, Taylor has successfully guided the department through a reclassification from Division II to Division I.
The Bison football team won the 2011 FCS National Championship in their second playoff appearance. The NDSU men’s basketball, women’s volleyball and softball programs have qualified for NCAA national tournaments capped off by softball advancing to the 2009 Super Regional.
Individuals representing the Bison women’s golf, track and field, and wrestling teams have competed at NCAA championships.
At the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, North Dakota State earned its first Summit League Commissioner's Cup with a total of 111.5 points. NDSU also claimed the top spot for the Dr. Helen Smiley Women's All-Sports Award. The Bison won both the overall and women's awards after placing among the top-five in every women's sport in which it competes. NDSU won a total of six championships in women's cross country, volleyball, women's indoor track & field, softball and men's and women's outdoor track & field. NDSU also took second in men's cross country, women's soccer and women's golf.
The NDSU athletics budget has tripled from $5 million in Taylor’s first year to $15 million, while the scholarship endowment has grown to $11.2 million, and Team Makers booster club support has went from $750,000 to $2.3 million.
The athletics program is two-thirds of the way in the $32 million Building the Competitive Edge campaign to construct the Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
Taylor came to NDSU after a 15-year stint at the United States Naval Academy in athletics administration. He recently began a four-year term on the FCS ADA Executive Committee in 2011. This is Taylor’s second Athletics Director of the Year Award, winning previously in 2008.
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