Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez has been named the an Athletic Director of the Year by the the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. He’s one of four FBS honorees, joining Virginia Tech’s Whit Babcock, Oklahoma’s Joe Castiglione and Texas Tech’s Kirby Hocutt.
Alvarez is in his 15th year as Wisconsin’s athletic director, and his 13th without sharing the title of head football coach. Wisconsin’s men’s basketball program recently ended its streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, but Badgers football still has its 15-year bowl eligibility streak going.
Per a school release, the Athletic Director of the Year Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.
All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD’s institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.