AMHERST, Mass. - The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst has selected Ian McCaw, MS `87 Athletic Director at Baylor University; Jay Monahan, MS '95, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the PGA Tour; Gloria Nevarez, BS '93, Senior Associate Commissioner of the PAC-12 Conference; and Vaughn Williams, BS '92, Athletic Director at Kennesaw State University, as the winners of the 2013 Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Launched in 1993, this award annually recognizes McCormack alumni for their professional excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry as well as for their dedication to McCormack Sport Management. Department Head Lisa Masteralexis recognized McCaw and Williams during the McCormack Sport Management breakfast last week at the 48th annual NACDA Convention in Orlando, Fla.
McCaw joined Baylor University in 2003 as the school's 12th Director of Athletics. Since then, Baylor has captured three NCAA team championships, 41 Big 12 Conference championships and back-to-back bowl wins for only the third time in school history. The school has also had its six highest finishes in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings, highlighted by its best finish ever in 2011-12 with a 25th place ranking. In addition, all 19 sports advanced to postseason competition for the first time in school history. As a result of Baylor's success, McCaw was selected as one of five finalists for the 2012 Sports Business Journal Athletics Director of the Year award. He was named the 2012 NACDA West Region Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year and 2010 Waco Tribune Herald Central Texas Sportsman of the Year. He received his master's degree in sport management from the UMass Amherst in 1987.
After three years as the Senior Vice President of Business Development at the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to this role, he was the executive director of The Players Championship in from 2008-2010. He came to the PGA Tour from Fenway Sports Group where he served as Executive Vice President. Monahan also co-founded the non-profit organization Golf Fights Cancer, which has raised over $2.5 million. He received his master's degree in Sport Management from UMass Amherst in 1995.
Gloria Nevarez was named the PAC-12's Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator in April 2010. She is responsible for the administration of the conference's Senior Woman Administrators and oversees all sports except football. Before joining the PAC-12, Nevarez spent the previous three years as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Oklahoma serving as the sport supervisor for basketball, softball, soccer, track and rowing as well as human resources, marketing and Title IX compliance. Nevarez was previously the Associate Commissioner/SWA for the West Coast Conference. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in Sport Management in1993, and received her JD at UC Berkeley.
Vaughn Williams came to Kennesaw State following six-plus years as an associate athletics director at the University of Connecticut. Since coming to Kennesaw State in May of 2011, Williams has led a re-structuring of the Division I athletics department that has included the addition of women's lacrosse and football, which became the 18th intercollegiate program when it was announced this past February. Williams has introduced new standards for the department that includes a re-branding of the Department of Athletics, a partnership with Adidas to be the official apparel provider of the Owls and new initiatives that better serve the student-athletes. During his time at UCONN, Williams was a member of the senior management team where he was responsible for strategic planning, facility master plans, and policy/procedure improvement. Williams joined the University of Connecticut following six years (1998-2004) as assistant athletics director for operations and facilities at Boston College. His administrative responsibilities included project manager for the Alumni Stadium field turf installation, Newton Campus Soccer Field and Alumni Stadium bubble/turf installation.
A 1992 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Williams was a four-year (1988-91) member of the football team, earning second team All-Yankee Conference honors in 1990. His six interceptions in 1988 currently tie for ninth on UMASS' single-season list for most interceptions. Williams earned a sport management degree from UMASS before receiving a master's degree from the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College in 2002. Williams and his wife, Eileen, have three children - Aidan (6), Austin (4) and Lacey (4) - and live in Acworth, Georgia.