KUSA - For the first time in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference history, a Director of Athletics has been named Division II Athletic Director of the Year for a second time. Metropolitan State University's Joan McDermott earned the honors in 2007-2008 and has been bestowed with the same distinction for the 2013-2014 season.
"I am really honored to receive this award and I feel that I am accepting it on behalf of our great university," McDermott said. "This is really a reflection of our student-athletes, staff, coaches and our administration at MSU Denver."
McDermott is one of four Division II athletic directors honored. She just completed her 16th full year as director of athletics at Metro State in 2013-14 and it was one of the most successful of her tenure. She spearheaded a $16 million athletics complex that will be the new home to Roadrunners soccer, baseball, softball and tennis that broke ground this past month. Her teams all saw success on the field, in the classroom and in the community this past year. Metro State's men's basketball team earned a No. 1 ranking for much of the season and won its second consecutive Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championship. The volleyball team advanced to its 14th consecutive NCAA tournament, while women's soccer stretched its streak to 12 straight years—the longest active streak in Division II.
Since McDermott began her tenure as athletic director in 1998, Metro State has won 32 RMAC regular season titles, 38 RMAC tournament championships and has appeared in the NCAA postseason over 100 times, an average of seven per school year. The Roadrunners have captured four team national championships and two individual championships as well. McDermott currently serves on the National Association of College Directors in Athletics Division II athletic directors board, the NCAA Division II softball national committee, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) board of directors, and the Denver Sports Commission board. She is also the current President-Elect of NACWAA. McDermott sees the importance of diversity, highlighted in a well-rounded staff. She also is an advocate of women's sports and she added women's golf as the university's 16th NCAA varsity sport in 2013-14.
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