Curley named Athletic Director of the Year in Northeast Region

June 19, 2009

University Park, Pa. — Penn State's Tim Curley has been recognized for the second time by his peers in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as one of four regional Under Armour ADs of the Year. In the midst of his 16th year leading one on of the nation's most successful and comprehensive athletic programs, Curley was selected the Northeast Region winner for the Football Bowl Subdivision. The 2005-06 NACDA President, Curley previously won the NACDA regional AD honor in 2003.

The other 2008-09 NACDA FBS regional winners were: Damon Evans, Georgia (Southeast); Lawrence Cunningham, Tulsa (Central) and Sandy Barbour, California (West).

Curley and the other winners will be recognized during the 44th Annual NACDA Convention at the James J. Corbett Luncheon on Saturday, June 20 at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla. NACDA will honor winners in the 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, along with one International winner.

"Our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need for an award such as the AD of the Year," said NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary. "The program brings to light the exceptional jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of outstanding athletics directors who excel at their jobs."

A 1976 Penn State graduate, Curley has directed the Nittany Lions' 29-sport program since December 30, 1993. Curley's dynamic and passionate leadership has been the driving force behind the Nittany Lions' tremendous level of athletic and academic achievement.

Named Director of Athletics on December 30, 1993, Curley's leadership has lifted Penn State among the nation's premier athletic departments. During the Nittany Lions' 16 full years as members of the Big Ten Conference, Penn State has captured 17 NCAA Championships, nearly double the next closest Big Ten school.

Curley has seen Nittany Lion squads win 55 Big Ten titles and numerous individual national and conference crowns during his 15-plus years directing Penn State's comprehensive and nationally-respected athletic program. The Lions have won six NCAA Championships since March, 2007.

During the 2008 fall semester, the women's volleyball team won an unprecedented sixth consecutive outright Big Ten Championship and captured its second consecutive NCAA Championship, posting a 38-0 record. The football team won its second conference title in the past four years and played in the 2009 Rose Bowl. The women's soccer team won its 10th consecutive Big Ten Championship, the second-longest string of Big Ten women's titles in any sport. The field hockey team also won the Big Ten crown.

This spring, the fencing team won its ninth NCAA Championship under Curley's watch and the women's track and field team captured its second consecutive Big Ten Outdoor title. The Nittany Lion Basketball team won its first National Invitation Tournament championship, posting a program record 27 victories, including a win at Michigan State, the NCAA Championship runner-up.

Seventeen Pennn State squads were represented in their respective NCAA Championships in 2008-09 to cap another tremendous year of Success With Honor. An impressive eight Nittany Lion teams finished in the Top 5 of their respective sports in 2007-08.

A State College native, Curley's dedicated, enthusiastic and conscientious leadership has helped Penn State capture 18 Big Ten championships or tournament titles the past four years.

As he surveys the athletic program he has been instrumental in assembling over the past 33 years, Curley can't help but be proud of the athletic and academic accomplishments of Penn State's 800 student- athletes in 29 varsity sports:

- In the initial 15 years of the NACDA Directors' Cup all-sports survey, Penn State has finished in the Top 25 every year, earning seven top 10 finishes and four top five placings. The Nittany Lions finished No. 9 in 2007-08 and were No. 5 through the 2008-09 winter sports season.

- In October 2008, the NCAA reported that Penn State student-athletes earned a school record 89 percent Graduation Success Rate, 11 points higher than the national Division I-A average. Twenty-two of Penn State's 25 teams earned a GSR at or above the national average of 78 percent or higher (track and field and cross country count as one sport).

The NCAA also reported in 2008 that Penn State student-athletes earned a school record federal graduation rate of 84 percent for the entering class of 2001-02, significantly above the 64 percent national average.

- Of the Penn State student-athletes in the NCAA studies from 1992-93 through 2001-02 who exhausted their eligibility, 96 percent left with their diplomas.

- During the 2008 fall semester, a record 204 Penn State student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade point average or higher to gain Dean's List recognition (minimum of 12 credits). A total of 426 student-athletes earned a GPA of 3.0 or above. The 426 total represented 58 percent of active student-athletes during the fall semester.

- During the 2008-09 academic year, 253 Penn State student-athletes earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, tied for the second-highest in program history. Over the past 15 years, Penn State leads all Big Ten institutions with 3,312 academic all-conference honorees. There were a school record 261 honorees in 2007-08.

- A school record 10 student-athletes earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America accolades in 2008-09, giving Penn State 145 such selections all-time, with 101 in the last 15-plus years under Curley's leadership.

Curley is a member of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance (CAP) and on the Board of Directors of the Honda Collegiate Women Sports Awards. He also is on the Boards of Visitors for Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism and the advisory board for the Center for Sports Business and Research in The Smeal College of Business.

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