Archive for Friday, June 26, 2009

Dan Harris earns AD honor

June 26, 2009

In his final weeks at Baker University, Athletic Director Dan Harris will be going out with a bang.

Harris was officially named Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the central division. The Under Armour AD of the Year Award program was created to honor intercollegiate directors of athletics for their commitment and administrative excellence within a campus and/or college community environment.

The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior/Community Colleges) and annually honors 29 athletics directors (four from each division) as regional winners, and one international recipient.

Harris received his award last weekend in Orlando, Florida. Harris will officially begin his retirement on July 1st, 2009.

Dan Harris has dedicated himself to Baker University, the Heart of America Athletic Conference and to the NAIA over his 26-year career while serving as director of athletics for the last 15 years. Due to his efforts over the past five years, every athletics field received a new Daktronics scoreboard, Liston Stadium installed FieldTurf for football and soccer and a new polyurethane track, and a new baseball stadium was constructed, along with significant upgrades to the softball complex.

The fall of 2008 was a banner year, as every fall sport qualified for postseason competition. The highlights included a football team playing in the first round of the NAIA National Championships and the men's soccer team traveling to Fresno, California to participate in the "Sweet Sixteen" round in the National Championships.

In the fall of 2009, Baker will add wrestling and women's bowling, bringing the total number of sports sponsored by Baker University to 21.

Baker has embraced the "Champions of Character" program under Harris's leadership by instilling it into the department's mission statement. As a result, Baker has been named a "Champions of Character" institution since the program's inception in 2001.

Harris constantly works to develop personnel, develop and monitor operational budgets, schedule events, submit information for compliance, monitor eligibility and oversee recruitment and retention of student-athletes.

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