Dr. Howard Patterson selected AD of the Year by NACDA

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
by Wes Bloomquist || wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – UT Tyler Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Howard Patterson has been named a National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) for the second time in his career and will be presented his award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 15 at NACDA's 51st Annual Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.

“I am truly blessed to work for an amazing president who leads a great University comprised of amazing students, faculty, and staff," Patterson said. "Among the best are those working in Student Affairs and Athletics to enrich our campus life.  Last year our Athletic teams as a whole had phenomenal seasons and the result was a 16th place finish in the Director’s Cup.  Without those talented coaches, support staff, and first class student athletes, this award would not be possible.  Thanks to all our student athletes, parents, and supporters who make Patriot Athletics and UT Tyler THE place to be.”

Patterson was hired as the first athletic director at UT Tyler and assistant dean of student affairs in August 2001, tasked with enhancing campus life and starting a collegiate athletics program. This involved building all of the facilities, hiring the staff, gaining NCAA Division III membership - essentially developing a 17 sport NCAA Division III program from scratch and developing a comprehensive student affairs division. Last year saw the UT Tyler softball team reach the NCAA Division III Championship Finals along with national postseason appearances by both golf programs, women’s soccer, women’s basketball, baseball and track & field. The UT Tyler Athletics department finished the 2014-15 seasons ranked No. 16 in the final NCAA Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. The Patriots were the top-ranked school from the American Southwest Conference for the sixth time in eight years. The 2015-16 seasons have continued on that success with the women’s and men’s soccer teams winning ASC regular-season championships, the men’s and women’s cross country teams winning the ASC Championship and the women’s basketball team winning the regular-season and tournament championships. The Patriots will host the NCAA Division III Basketball Championship first and second rounds this weekend after going 27-1 this season. Along with that success, the softball team is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation while men’s and women’s golf, baseball and track athletes are ranked in the top-20 of their sports.

“Dr. Patterson genuinely cares about his staff and the students and has built an athletic program with people that do the same. This has created a positive culture of people committed and dedicated to the student athlete experience.” Kenny Jones, UT Tyler Men’s Soccer

"He has done a tremendous job of creating a vision of what student-athletes can become and has helped us as coaches provide what is needed to develop our programs. That's how we've become one of the best Division III athletic programs in the country." Stefani Webb, UT Tyler Women's Soccer

“Dr. Patterson knows when to make the right moves. Whether it’s creating a new position, hiring the right coach or creating a new facility, his timing is impeccable. That must be what wine coinsures mean when they say that ‘we will serve no wine before it’s time.’ Dr. Patterson knows the right time to serve the fine wine of athletes.” Bob Hepler, UT Tyler Track & Field and Cross Country

“Dr. Patterson is a phenomenal Athletic Director to work for! Being a former coach himself, he understands the profession and all that it entails. He trusts you to do your job and gives you the resources and support you need to do it.” Jamon Copeland, UT Tyler Men’s Basketball

“I have been impressed with Dr. Patterson's ability to consistently balance working towards our big picture athletic department goals while simultaneously still executing on smaller things that directly contribute to my program. He is constantly pulled into different directions on campus and in our community, but he still makes the time to attend our sporting events, meet with our student-athletes and recruits, and provide his expertise to our coaching staff.” Craig McConnell, UT Tyler Men’s Golf

“Dr. Patterson is always asking me what I need. He gives me the freedom to run my team the way I want.” Grant Spencer, UT Tyler Women’s Golf and Cross Country

“I have had the opportunity to work for Dr. Patterson for only a short period of time having been hired in January. In these past few months he has made sure I have everything needed to help our program be successful and has been very supportive in the recruiting process.” Lyndsay Mashe, UT Tyler Volleyball

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). Patterson is one of four NCAA Division III athletics directors to earn the award with a total of 28 administrators receiving recognition from throughout all NCAA division along with NAIA and junior college. Patterson and Ashley Walyuchow (Houston-Victoria) are the only two athletic directors from the state of Texas to receive the honor this year.

The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

"In the 18-year history of this program, we have honored over 400 directors of athletics from each segment of the NACDA membership,” said Bob Vecchione, NACDA Executive Director. “I would like to congratulate the 2015-16 Under Armour ADOY class of award winners, and look forward to continuing this tradition of honoring the outstanding leadership in our profession for many years to come.”

Under Armour is now in its eighth year of sponsoring the award and over 180 different athletics directors have been honored with the award during that time.

“The Athletics Director of the Year Award honors those men and women who are visionary leaders in college athletics,” said Nick Carparelli, Under Armour senior director of college sports. “Under Armour is proud to partner with NACDA to facilitate this recognition for the top athletics directors across all divisions.”

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, as well as other respected intercollegiate athletics administrators. Special Divisional Selection Committees composed of current and former directors of athletics, 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 website at www.nacda.com.