June 25, 2012
Baylor's Ian McCaw has been selected as the 2011-12 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the Football Bowl Subdivision's West Region and will be honored along with 28 other individuals during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 27th, at the National Association of Athletic Director's (NACDA) 47th annual convention at Dallas' Hilton Anatole Hotel.
McCaw, who was also one of five finalists for the 2011-12 Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Athletic Director of the Year award, will receive his award along with fellow Football Bowl Subdivision athletic directors Mike O'Brien (Toledo/Northeast), Richard Giannini (Southern Mississippi/Southeast) and Jim Phillips (Northwestern/Central). NACDA honors one individual from four geographic regions - northeast, southeast, central and west from seven categories -- Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A); Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA); Division I (formerly Division I-AAA); Division II; Division III; NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges, along with an International winner. One winner from each region was selected in each of the categories, for a total of 29 honorees.
The recently completed 2011-12 year will go down as arguably the finest in Baylor history, as all 19 of its teams reached postseason play for the first time in school history, and its football, men's basketball, women's basketball and baseball teams combined to register an NCAA single-season record 129 victories (against 28 losses, for an .827 winning percentage). BU's win total in football, men's and women's basketball also established a new NCAA single-season standard (80-11, .822) with the football team winning a bowl game for the first time since 1992, men's basketball reaching the Elite Eight for the second time in three seasons and the Lady Bears claiming their second NCAA title in seven seasons en route to becoming the first collegiate basketball team, men's or women's, to finish the season 40-0.
One of just two schools nationally to have every sponsored sport advance to the postseason in 2011-12, Baylor currently sits 26th in the NACDA Directors' Cup standings with 662 points and should at least equal its best finish ever in the all-sports sweepstakes (25th in 2004-05) when the final standings are released at the completion of baseball's College World Series. BU joined Florida and Ohio State as the only institutions to win a football bowl game, reach the Elite Eight in men's basketball and the Final Four in women's basketball. All-told, Baylor produced a school-record 19 postseason squads (after having 14 postseason entrants in each of the previous three seasons), two national team championships, three Big 12 Conference championship teams (two regular season and one tournament crown) and every squad registered a winning record in the same season for the second straight year.
Baylor tied or broke its single-season win totals in football (10, tied), men's basketball (30) and women's basketball (40) during the recently completed season, while its 49 baseball victories were just one off the school standard in that sport. Individually, Robert Griffin III became Baylor's first-ever Heisman Trophy winner and Brittney Griner received the Honda Cup as the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, marking the first time an institution produced both award winners in the same academic year.
In the classroom, Baylor student-athletes continued to excel in 2011-12, too. A school-record 630 student-athletes were named to the Big 12's 2011-12 Commissioner's Honor Rolls, while a Baylor-record 149 student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 honors and a record 252 were named to Baylor's Deans List. In addition, Baylor had eight Capital One Academic All-District honorees in four sports, including five who went on to earn 2011-12 Academic All-America honors, and one NCAA Elite 88 Award winner.
The Baylor Bear Foundation achieved a fund-raising record for the eighth straight year and Baylor established home average attendance records in football (41,368), men's basketball (7,914), women's basketball (8,563), baseball (3,255) and softball (1,014) this past year.
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 campuses and their surrounding communities.
"Before its inception, our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need for an award such as the AD of the Year," said Vecchione, who is finishing his first year at the helm of NACDA. "The program brings to light the remarkable jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 29 outstanding winners epitomize that, providing us with a group of exemplary athletics directors who excel on campus and in their communities."