MAC ADs Receive Under Armour Athletic Directors of the Year

Updated 6/13/2011

Temple's Bill Bradshaw and Western Michigan's Kathy Beauregard Named 2011 Under Armour FBS-Northeast Region and Central Region Athletic Directors of the Year

Courtesy of Temple and Western Michigan Sports Information Staffs.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Temple Athletic Dirctor Bill Bradshaw was named the 2011 Under Armour Football Subdivision-Northeast Region Athletic Director of the Year and Western Michigan Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard was named the 2011 Under Armour Football Subdivision-Central Region Athletic Director of the Year.

Bradshaw and Beauregard will be two of four FBS ADs recognized during NACDA's 46th Annual Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort on Saturday, June 18 at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon. The award is selected by a Blue Ribbon committee comprised of former FBS Athletic Directors, University Presidents and Conference Commissioners.

"This honor serves as recognition of the success of our student-athletes, coaches and staff," said Temple's Bradshaw. "I am truly humbled by this distinction, and honored to be selected from among our nation's top athletics administrators."

"I am very honored but it takes a great team around me to receive this award and I am very grateful for all of their hard work year in and year out," commented Western Michigan's Beauregard. "It's been an infectious and enthusiastic time to be a Bronco. Our goal is to exceed expectations and to be able to celebrate winning."

NACDA announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today. There are four geographic regions - northeast, southeast, central and west; while the membership is separated into 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. One winner was selected in each of the seven categories, for a total of 28 honorees. Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 18 at NACDA's 46th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Bradshaw's nine years at Temple have produced numerous highlights, most notably the announcement on May 17, 2005 that the University will join the Mid-American Conference as a football-only member and the recent hirings of Al Golden, Fran Dunphy, Tonya Cardoza and Steve Addazio, as well as eight senior staffers, among several prominent hires. The Black Coaches' Association gave Temple a grade of "A" for the search process of its coaching hires.

Thirty Temple teams have advanced to NCAA Tournament play during his tenure.

In 2011, Temple became one of only six NCAA Division I institutions to have its men's and women's basketball teams compete in each of the last four NCAA Championships. Temple became the only Philadelphia school and Big 5 member to achieve this feat. Of those six, Temple is one of only three schools (Texas A&M and Tennessee) to have its men's and women's basketball teams compete in the last two NCAA Tournaments and its football team be bowl-eligible each season. In combined wins by its men's and women's basketball and football programs over the last two years, Temple ranks fifth with 121 wins, behind only Connecticut (141), Duke (137), Notre Dame (125), West Virginia (123), and ahead of Ohio State (120), Florida State (115) and North Carolina (109).

The athletic department has enhanced efficiency, productivity and strategic planning through organizational efforts under Bradshaw. A comprehensive operations and procedures manual has been developed, and athletics has exceeded its revenue budget in each of the past eight years. During the 2010-11 academic year, Temple Athletics had record numbers in fundraising, corporate sponsorships, and ticket sales, exceeding expectations by $1.6 million.

Recognizing the accomplishments of Temple's student-athletes is a point of emphasis under Bradshaw. The department of athletics annually holds a "Breakfast of Champions" to honor those who have excelled both athletically and academically by "committing to excellence".

Temple ranked third among NCAA Division I institutions in student-athlete graduation rate above its student body in 2003-04, and had the fifth highest increase in student-athlete graduation rate that year. In 2006, Temple was one of 10 Division 1-A institutions to earn the Overall Excellence in Diversity Award bestowed by the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas A&M University. In 2009, Temple received 11 perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. Men's basketball and football posted their highest APR scores in school history in school history in 2011. Temple Athletics received full recertification from the NCAA in 2009.

Temple athletics has also undertaken a greater role in community service under Bradshaw. Via the Owl Outreach program, student-athletes have provided volunteer service to numerous community and non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Temple Children's Medical Center and the School District of Philadelphia.

Bradshaw has also been responsible for upgrades to Temple's athletic facilities. He supervised the design and construction of the athletic complex on the Ambler Campus, featuring fields and amenities for the men's and women's soccer, baseball and softball teams. He has also overseen the football program's move to Lincoln Financial Field as well as the addition of a new state-of-the-art football practice field at Edberg-Olson Hall, courtesy of a private fund drive.

Later this year, a $48-million renovation and expansion of McGonigle and Pearson Halls, providing additional classrooms, faculty and coaching staff offices as well as new men's and women's basketball practice courts will be completed.

Temple athletics has also displayed its hospitality under Bradshaw, hosting the 2005 and 2011 NCAA Women's Basketball Philadelphia Regional as well as the first and second rounds of the 2004 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament and the 2003 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships. Temple has also been selected to host the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball First and Second Round games at the Wells Fargo Center.

Prior to his arrival at Temple, Bradshaw served as the Director of Athletics at DePaul University (1986-02) for 16 years as well as at his alma mater, La Salle University (1978-86) for eight years. He also was the head baseball coach at Niagara University (1972-74) before moving on to becoming the school's Director of Alumni (1974-76).

A member of four Halls of Fame, Bradshaw owns a bachelor of arts degree in pre-law from La Salle University ('69) as well as a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Niagara University ('72). He resides in Radnor, Pa., with his wife, Yvette and three children, Billy (16), Paige (14) and Connor (13).

Beauregard's award caps a phenomenal year for Western Michigan Athletics in 2010-11.  The Broncos won the Jacoby Trophy, representing the award for the best women's athletic program in the Mid-American Conference over the past year.  WMU also finished second in the voting for the Reese Trophy, representing the award for the best men's athletic program in the MAC.

WMU saw the softball and men's tennis teams win regular season titles in 2010-11 with softball capturing the tournament title as well.  The Broncos were represented in the NCAA Tournament and/or Regionals in women's golf (Britney Hamilton), gymnastics (Kristine Garbarino, Caroline O'Brien and Kelsey Turnquist), men's ice hockey, softball and outdoor track & field (Iris Campbell).

In the classroom, Bronco scholar-athletes completed their ninth-straight semester of posting a composite grade point average exceeding 3.00. 204 student-athletes carry a GPA above a 3.0 and seven carry a perfect 4.0 GPA.

NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary 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.

"Our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need for an award such as the AD of the Year," said Cleary, who oversaw implementation of the program to allow all NACDA Officers and Honors and Awards Committee members to participate in the awards process, should they be elected. "The program brings to light the outstanding jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 28 winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of exemplary athletics directors who excel at their jobs."