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EWU's Chaves Named Athletic Director Of The Year

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Eastern Washington athletic director Bill Chaves has been honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as one of 28 winners the Under Armour AD of the Year. Chaves, 47, has been at Eastern Washington for six years.

Chaves will receive his award on Saturday, June 15 at a luncheon in Orlando, Fla.

 

Here's part of the release from Eastern Washington:

"This is a tremendous honor for the work that has been done by our student-athletes, coaches and staff," said Chaves. "We also would not have success without the support of the Eastern Board of Trustees, President Dr. Rodolfo Arevalo and the entire Eastern community."

Chaves has brought stability, progressive leadership and innovation to Eastern since his arrival in 2007.  His tenure has been punctuated by the installation of the first red synthetic football surface world-wide in 2010. After garnering tremendous attention for EWU with this installation, the football team promptly went undefeated (8-0) on the turf en route to the program's first-ever FCS national title.

Chaves has also overseen several recently-completed projects, including new seating at Reese Court, a $1.5 million locker room update project, and video board installation at both Roos Field and Reese Court.

Eastern's football program is just one of five schools nationally who has made the FCS Playoffs six of the past nine years (four of six since 2007). The school's women's basketball program has made two national post-season appearances twice in the past four years (two out of the program's three in school history).

Currently, all of EWU's athletic programs have team grade point averages of 3.0 or greater, and all of its teams have a NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 930 or better. In 2009-10, EWU won its first-ever Big Sky Presidents' Cup, which is determined by overall athletic and academic performance.

Away from the classroom and playing fields, Chaves initiated a partnership with Special Olympics-Washington, where all of its athletic programs assist with several initiatives each academic year.  Chaves has been married to his wife, Liz, for 18 years and has three children; Erin (13), Derek (10) and Kevin (8).

The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).

NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione explains the ADOY 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 their surrounding communities.

"Since 1998, NACDA has been highlighting significant contributions made by athletics directors across all divisions of our membership," said Vecchione. "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."

 

Winners of the 2012-13 Under Armour AD of the Year Awards

 

Football Bowl Subdivision

Jeff Compher

Northern Illinois University

John Currie

Kansas State University

Jeff Long

University of Arkansas

Kevin White

Duke University

 

Football Championship Subdivision

Bill Chaves

Eastern Washington University

Bruce McCutcheon

Lafayette College

Mario Moccia

Southern Illinois University

Mark Wilson

Tennessee Tech University

 

Division I-AAA

Charles Brown

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Janet Cone

University of North Carolina Asheville

Ken Kavanagh

Florida Gulf Coast University

John Stanley

University of Evansville

 

Division II

Pennie Parker

Rollins College

Tim Selgo

Grand Valley State University

Scott Wiegandt

Bellarmine University

Sue Willey

University of Indianapolis

 

Division III

Al Bean

University of Southern Maine

Ed Farrington

Western Connecticut State University

Howard Patterson

University of Texas Tyler

Margie Strait

St. Lawrence University

 

NAIA/Other 4-Year Institutions

Greg Feris

Wayland Baptist University

Mike McCutchen

Freed-Hardeman University

Meg Schebler

Ashford University

Bob Wilson

Vanguard University

 

Junior/Community Colleges

Ron Case

Gloucester County College

Jim Forkum

Santa Rosa Junior College

Randy Stange

Hutchinson Community College

Troy Tucker

Northampton Community College

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