Scott Barnes named as one of the top 28 athletics directors of the year

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, May 15 2014 2:30 p.m. MDT

Utah State University Athletic Director Scott Barnes poses for a photo at Romney Stadium in Logan, Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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Utah State Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes was one of 28 administrators across the country who received the 2013-14 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

The Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/other four-year institutions and junior college/community colleges). Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 11, at NACDA's 49th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Overall, Barnes was one of just four athletic directors at the Football Bowl Subdivision to be honored along with Fresno State’s Thomas Boeh, UCLA’s Dan Guerrero and Virginia Tech’s Jim Weaver.

In all, it is the second time in his career that Barnes has been honored by NACDA as he was also named the Division I-AA West Region AD of the Year in 2005 as the athletics director at Eastern Washington University.

“I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of this recognition,” Utah State President Stan Albrecht said. “Scott Barnes is everything an institution would wish for in the individual who stands at the helm of its athletic operation. He reflects absolute integrity in everything he does and leads by personal example. He understands the value of the collegiate model of athletics and works hard to implement that model, both to the benefit of the individual and the larger institution. He recognizes why we reference student first when we talk about the student-athlete. He is a highly respected member of our senior administrative team and through his leadership makes us better as an institution.”

NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione explains the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award is essential because it highlights the efforts of athletic direcorts at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

“Since 1998, NACDA has been highlighting the impressive contributions made by athletics directors across all divisions of our membership,” Vecchione said. “This award allows athletics directors to be recognized not only nationally but also in their respective communities which heightens the awareness of their leadership position in the athletics enterprise.”

Since assuming the duties of director of intercollegiate athletics at Utah State University on April 1, 2008, Barnes has established a pattern of growth and stability that would rival any athletics department in the country and is unmatched in the history of Aggie Athletics.

Under Barnes’ guidance, Utah State’s development has never been more apparent than in the past three years as Aggie Athletics has witnessed unparalleled success with its student-athletes on the fields of competition and in the classroom, along with the expansion of its infrastructure, which includes the completion of two new facilities in the past 12 months through private donations and the continued accretion of its annual operating revenues.

Since the 2011-12 academic year, Utah State’s on-field successes include its football program participating in back-to-back-to-back bowl games and winning consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history. Off the field, Utah State introduced a program-wide Nike brand and identity program, and accepted an invitation to compete in the Mountain West Conference in all sports beginning July 1, 2013.

During Barnes’ six-year tenure overseeing Utah State’s 16-sport athletics department that supports nearly 400 student-athletes, Aggie Athletics has captured 20 conference championships, in addition to football winning the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference in 2013 and playing in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.

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