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
Northern Illinois University
Kansas State University
University of Arkansas
Football Championship Subdivision
Eastern Washington University
Southern Illinois University
Tennessee Tech University
University of Maryland Baltimore County
University of North Carolina Asheville
Florida Gulf Coast University
University of Evansville
Grand Valley State University
University of Indianapolis
University of Southern Maine
Western Connecticut State University
University of Texas Tyler
St. Lawrence University
NAIA/Other 4-Year Institutions
Wayland Baptist University
Gloucester County College
Santa Rosa Junior College
Hutchinson Community College
Northampton Community College