McDaniel Named Under Armour A.D. of the YearJuly 3, 2011
Tompkins Cortland Community College Director of Athletics Mick McDaniel has been named one of the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour A.D. of the Year award winners. The NACDA announced 28 winners at the national convention in Orlando, Florida last week. The awards are split into four geographic regions and separated by seven categories based on school divisions. McDaniel was named the winner in the Northeast Region of the Junior College division.
McDaniel is in his 11th year as director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation at the College. McDaniel started his professional career as the coordinator of recreation and aquatics at Tompkins Cortland and transitioned into the director of athletics position in 2000. He has coached the men's soccer, and men's and women's golf teams, and currently coaches the women's soccer team. He is the founder and director of the College's Sports Camps, which recently celebrated its 15th year of service to the community. McDaniel is currently the 2nd Vice President of NJCAA and is on the Board of Directors of the NJCAA Region III Committee. He is also on the NJCAA Competition Committee, serves as chairman for the men's national golf, soccer, and ice hockey committees. McDaniel was the recipient of the 2006-07 Athletic Director of the Year for the NJCAA Region III and has a number of Coach of the Year Awards for golf and soccer.
McDaniel received his latest award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 18 at NACDA's 46th Annual Convention. NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary said the AD of the Year Award honors athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities.
"The program brings to light the outstanding jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 28 winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of exemplary athletics directors who excel at their jobs," said Cleary.
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., NJCAA), 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.