Western's Ed Farrington named NACDA Athletic Director of the Year

Western's Ed Farrington named NACDA Athletic Director of the Year

DANBURY, CT - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award on Tuesday.Western Connecticut State University Director of Athletics Ed Farrington is one of four Division III Athletic Directors honored this year.

Farrington has headed Western Connecticut State’s (WCSU) department of athletics since 1986, overseeing a department that includes 350 student-athletes in 14 varsity sports. Farrington is a former NACDA Executive Committee member and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Little East Conference.

During Farrington’s tenure, the university’s campus has grown extensively and along with it, so has the athletics department. The construction of the Westside Athletic Complex is the latest in a lengthy list of athletics facilities on the University’s campus. In January of 1995, the William A. O'Neill Athletic and Convocation Center opened. The Stephen Feldman Arena has a capacity of 2,800 for the Colonials' men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. The O'Neill Center was the home of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Semi-finals and Finals from 1999 through 2001.

Western added field hockey for the 2005 season and added men’s lacrosse as a varsity sport the year earlier.  Also under Farrington, women’s lacrosse was added to the Colonials’ slate, as was women’s soccer and women’s swimming and diving.

Since his arrival, Western's programs have made 62 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, led by the women's basketball’s 12 showings.  In 2002, the softball team advanced to the Division III College World Series in Wisconsin.  The women's soccer team advanced to the Division III Finals in Florida in 2007.

Western's football program will be an affiliated member in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in the fall of 2013.

national release from NACDA...

Orlando, FL -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 15 at NACDA's 48th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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 NACDA Executive Director Bob 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 are: 




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


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., 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 tenure of the current athletics director.

Nominators were NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners. Special Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, present and past NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former commissioners and other key athletics administrators voted on nominees for the award. A complete listing of Selection Committee members can be found on NACDA's Web site at www.nacda.com

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About NACDA:  NACDA, now in its 48th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 13 professional associations, including six for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors and two foundations.  For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.