Scott Stricklin, Director of Athletics at Mississippi State, was named the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics on Wednesday.
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. The criteria for the award’s selection were service as an AD for a minimum of five 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.
Stricklin has led MSU athletics to unprecedented heights in multiple ways since taking the position of Athletic Director in 2010. They’ve achieved record fundraising numbers, fan attendance and Bulldog Club membership. Under Stricklin’s leadership, a majority of Bulldog athletic teams have reached the postseason in the last three years. Stricklin has also overseen many revolutionary projects at MSU including the new Mize Pavilion at Humphrey Coliseum, the Leo W. Seal Jr. Football Complex, and an expansion and renovation of Davis Wade Stadium.
Attendance of all major sporting events has increased dramatically during Stricklin’s time as Athletic Director.
MSU has recorded a record-high grade point average for student athletes in the 2014-15 year, in Stricklin’s focus toward academic integrity and commitment.
“The honor is due to MSU’s tremendous students, coaches, staff, alumni and fans for working together and creating a consistent level of success that has been recognized nationally by others,” Stricklin said. “Mississippi State is an incredibly fun place to be because there are so many talented people who are passionate about this university and refuse to let our challenges prevent us from achieving greatness.”
Stricklin is the first Athletic Director in Mississippi State history to receive the award.
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