CLEVELAND– The members of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) have selected Greg Byrne, director of athletics at The University of Alabama, to lead the Association as President in 2019-20. The passing of the gavel took place in conjunction with the 54th Annual NACDA Convention, June 10-12 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Byrne was named the director of athletics at Alabama on Jan. 19, 2017, after serving as Vice President for Athletics at the University of Arizona (2010-17) and Director of Athletics at Mississippi State University (2008-10.)
"It is a true honor to serve in the next year as President of NACDA," Byrne said. "Having been involved with NACDA for my entire professional career, I have seen the tremendous impact it has made on our current and future leaders within intercollegiate athletics. Every one of us has a responsibility to give back to our industry and I look forward to working to make a positive impact."
Throughout an administrative career that has already spanned two decades, Byrne has been consistently more impactful and successful with each step up the administrative ladder. As a fundraiser, he has been directly involved in raising over $200 million in gifts during his career. As a leader of competitive athletics programs, he has fostered major improvements across the spectrum of sports at each program he has led. As a proponent of developing student-athletes into productive people after college, Byrne has led programs that have attained academic success at a level not attained prior to his tenure.
Byrne has been around successful athletics programs, and the director's chair, literally all his life. He is the son of NACDA Past President Bill Byrne, who has over 30 years of experience as a director of athletics. Bill was named NACDA President in 1991-92 while serving as the athletics director at the University of Oregon. Bill and Greg Byrne are the first father-son duo to serve as NACDA President in the 54-year history of the Association.
Alongside Byrne, Jean Lenti Ponsetto, athletics director at DePaul University, will serve as NACDA's 1st Vice President; Warde Manuel, Donald R. Shepherd director of athletics at University of Michigan, will serve as 2ndVice President; Jamie Pollard, director of athletics at Iowa State University, will serve as 3rd Vice President and Don Tencher, director of athletics at Rhode Island College will serve as Secretary.
NACDA Executive Committee members selected to serve beginning in 2019-20 include Janet Cone, senior administrator for university enterprises and director of athletics at UNC Asheville; Chris Del Conte, vice president/director of athletics at University of Texas; Dennis Francois, director of athletics at Central Washington University; Heather Lyke, director of athletics at University of Pittsburgh; Mike McCaffrey, athletics director at University of Saint Francis; Quin Monahan, director of athletics at University of South Carolina Beaufort; and Kim Pate, director of intercollegiate athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne University.
The administrators listed above join the following individuals on the NACDA Executive Committee – DePauw AD Stevie Baker-Watson; Rhode Island AD Thorr Bjorn; NAIA President & CEO Jim Carr; Tallahassee CC AD Rob Chaney; North Dakota AD Bill Chaves; Washington State AD Pat Chun; Northern Illinois AD Sean Frazier; Northeastern JC AD Marci Henry; NCAA VP of the Eligibility Center Felicia Martin; College of Southern Maryland AD Michelle Ruble and Bellarmine AD Scott Wiegandt.
About NACDA: NACDA, now in its 55th year, is the professional and educational Association for more than 15,700 college athletics administrators at more than 1,700 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 6,500 athletics administrators annually attend NACDA & Affiliates Convention Week. Additionally, NACDA manages 17 professional associations and three foundations. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.