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Hatfield Clubb Named NACDA Under Armour AD of the Year

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: May 14, 2014
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Drake University Director of Athletics Sandy Hatfield Clubb has been honored as one of 28 recipients of National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour AD of the Year Award, the organization announced Wednesday, May 14.

Hatfield Clubb will receive the award at the 49th annual NACDA convention on June 11 during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida. 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 states that the AD of the Year 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 the impressive contributions made by athletics directors across all divisions of our membership,” Vecchione said. “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.”

Hatfield Clubb is in her eighth year at Drake and has led the athletic department  through an evolution that impacts all areas of athletics and the student-athlete experience. She has dynamically guided  the department through the process of developing a long-range strategic plan that seeks a transformational model for developing a culture of excellence and ethics in athletics.

Key to the transformation has been the creation of an athletic department touchstone, titled “The Bulldog Way.” The  touchstone defines the characteristics that make Drake unique in the intercollegiate sports landscape, developing a culture  among Drake’s coaches, student-athletes and staff that shapes character.

Hatfield Clubb’s commitment to creating an intentional culture that promotes excellence in both academics and athletics  is shown by the strong Missouri Valley Conference and Pioneer Football League performances this past year. Her leadership includes the vision for a major fundraising campaign that generated more than $8 million in seven months to build a basketball practice facility, and transforming the Drake Fieldhouse to a multi-purpose facility.

In the fall of 2013, a school-record 283 Drake student-athletes – or more than 70 percent of Drake student-athletes –  achieved a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

Hatfield Clubb began her tenure as Drake’s athletic director on May 30, 2006, as the 16th athletic director in the school’s history, and the first woman to serve as athletic director at an NCAA Division I school in the state of Iowa.

Winners of the 2013-14 Under Armour AD of the Year Awards are: 

Winner Institution
  Football Bowl Subdivision
Scott Barnes Utah State
Thomas Boeh Fresno State
Dan Guerrero UCLA
Jim Weaver Virginia Tech
  Football Championship Subdivision
Rob Bernardi Nicholls State
Troy Dannen Northern Iowa
Sandy Hatfield Clubb Drake
Hunter Yurachek Coastal Carolina
  Division I-AAA
Chris May St. Louis
Jack McDonald Quinnipiac
Kim Record UNC Greensboro
Eric Sexton Wichita State
  Division II
Kevin Buisman Minnesota State Mankato
Jim Johnson Pittsburg State
Joan McDermott Metro State
David Scott West Florida
  Division III
Thomas Calder Johns Hopkins
Tim Downes Emory
Tracey Ranieri SUNY Oneonta
Don Tencher Rhode Island College
Jack Hank Our Lady of the Lake
Troy Plummer Grand View
Keith Spataro Menlo
Shay Wyatt Westminster
  Junior/Community Colleges
Richard Holler Westmoreland County CC
John Jackson Dean College
Greg Silcox Paradise Valley CC
Jack Sullivan County College of Morris

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