The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics will induct its 2013 Hall of Fame Class on Friday, June 14, at NACDA’s 48th Annual Convention at the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Awards Luncheon, and the late UAH Director of Athletics Jim Harris will be honored for his excellence as a member of the seven-member class.
Harris became director of athletics at UAH in 1995 and quickly established a dual tradition of winning and academic excellence.
Under Harris’s administration, the Chargers won two NCAA Division II National Championships in men’s ice hockey plus two College Hockey America titles. In addition, four UAH teams won Gulf South titles—baseball, men’s cross country and men’s soccer (twice). On the women’s side, 12 programs captured conference championships—cross country (four) and softball (eight). Softball, a program Harris implemented, advanced to four DII national championships, including two title games. Harris emphasized performance in the classroom as well as on the playing fields, resulting in numerous Chargers being selected for NCAA and Gulf South Conference academic honors. He implemented a fifth year senior scholarship program to assist student-athletes in fulfilling their goals to graduate.
During Harris’s 35-year athletics career, he served as the associate athletics director for external operations at Utah State University, as the assistant athletics director for Development at Rice University and as a member of the development staff at The Ohio State University. He began his career as director of athletics development at Bowling Green State University (BGSU).
Harris held leadership positions for both NACDA and the NCAA. He was named the 2001 Division II NACDA Athletics Director of the Year for the Southeast Region. He served for eight years as a member of the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Executive Committee and as a member of the NACDA Executive Committee. He was honored with the D2 ADA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
A 1971 graduate of BGSU, he later earned a certificate from the Sports Management Institute. Harris passed away in December 2010.
Other members of the class include Dorothy ‘Dot’ Casey, Wake Forest University; Bob Goin, University of Cincinnati; Jack Martin, County College of Morris; Arthur McAfee, Morehouse College; Larry Schiner, New Jersey City University; and Gerald Stockton, Midwestern State University.
NACDA, now in its 48th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 13 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations