Under Ian McCaw's leadership, Baylor's athletic department has achieved extraordinary academic, athletic and administrative success since his arrival from the University of Massachusetts on Sept. 8, 2003, as the school's 12th Director of Athletics.
Since 2003, Baylor has enjoyed the most competitively successful period in the history of its intercollegiate athletics program. During that span, Baylor has captured three NCAA team championships, 41 Big 12 Conference championships and its first bowl victories in 20 years.
This period also includes Baylor's 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 in 2011-12.
Baylor reached bowl games in three consecutive years for the first time in school history and won the 2011 Alamo Bowl and 2012 Holiday Bowl. The 2011 football season was one of Baylor's best ever, as the Bears had a 10-3 campaign and quarterback Robert Griffin III became the school's first-ever Heisman Trophy winner.
As a result of Baylor's success, McCaw was selected 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 recently received the 2013 VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Massachusetts Sport Management Program.
Student-athletes have thrived in the classroom as Baylor led the Big 12 in graduation success rate in four of the last seven years and recorded their highest cumulative grade point average on record during 2011-12 at 3.22.
While Baylor Athletics enjoyed extraordinary academic and athletic success, the department has made dramatic strides administratively, too.
A five-year strategic plan for intercollegiate athletics, Above and Beyond, was developed and implemented inclusive of department goals and objectives. An outgrowth of this plan was the creation and successful completion of the Victory with Integrity development campaign. Since 2003, Baylor Athletics has raised more than $305 million toward capital projects and student-athlete scholarships.
This increased athletics development activity has led to the funding and completion of the Highers Athletics Complex including the Simpson Athletics and Academic Center and Jay and Jenny Allison Indoor Football Practice Facility; Grant Teaff and Letterwinners Plazas at Floyd Casey Stadium; the Lt. Jack Whetsel Jr. Basketball Practice Facility; Willis Family Equestrian Center; Getterman Softball Practice Facility; Hurd Tennis Center; Jim and Nell Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center; and Baylor Stadium (complete in 2014).
Prior to Baylor, McCaw spent the 2002-03 year as director of athletics at the University of Massachusetts. At UMass, he was responsible for a 23-sport program and helped develop and implement a five-year strategic plan and secure funding for basketball locker room renovations.
McCaw previously served as director of intercollegiate athletics and campus recreation at Northeastern University from 1997-2002. During his five years at Northeastern, where he implemented a five-year strategic plan inclusive of department goals and objectives, Husky student-athletes thrived in the classroom, gave back to the community, and in his final year (2001-02) captured a school-record six America East Conference championships and had five teams finish among the nation's top 20.
McCaw went to Northeastern from Tulane University, where he served as senior associate athletic director for development and associate athletic director for external affairs from 1992-1997, being named Tulane's co-interim director of athletics in 1996. Prior to his years at Tulane, McCaw worked in a variety of athletic administrative posts at the University of Maine from 1986 to 1992 including sports information, marketing and external affairs.
Recognized as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics, McCaw served as chair of the NCAA Recruiting and Personnel Issues Cabinet. He is a member of the Big 12 television and game management and officiating committees. He previously served on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Executive Committee.
McCaw earned his master's degree in sport management from Massachusetts in 1987, after receiving a bachelor's degree in sports administration at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, in 1985. McCaw and his wife, Heather, are members of First Baptist Church of Woodway where he serves as a deacon. They are the parents of four children: Christy, Paul, Callie and Corinne.