FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh has been named an Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year it was announced on Monday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Representing the Southeast Region, Kavanagh is one of four honorees from the Division I-AAA subdivision (100 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football) and will be formally recognized during NACDA’s 48th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, June 15, at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon. The award spans seven divisions - NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/other four-year institutions and junior college/community colleges.
“Congratulations to Ken Kavanagh on this outstanding accomplishment,” said FGCU President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw. “Our Athletics program has excelled under Ken's direction, and I also thank our coaches, staff and student-athletes for their continuous quest for excellence. The results definitively speak for themselves, and this is a fitting leadership award for AD Kavanagh.”
This is the first time Kavanagh has been honored for his work at Florida Gulf Coast, but the second time in his career that he’s earned the award. While at Bradley in 2007-08, Kavanagh won the Division I Central Region Athletics Director of the Year award.
"I am truly honored to be recognized by my peers," said Kavanagh. "However, I essentially view this accolade as a simple reflection on the tremendous collective group of student-athletes, staff, and donors that I am blessed to be associated with who make FGCU Athletics shine in so many ways on a daily basis".
The recently completed 2012-13 year will go down as arguably the finest in FGCU history, as the Green and Blue swept the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Sports races, claiming the Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy (men’s), Sherman Day Trophy (women’s) and Bill Bibb Trophy (combined all sports). FGCU is the first to sweep all three of the all-sports races since ETSU did so in the awards’ first year of existence, 2006-07.
Not including Men’s and Women’s Golf and Cross Country, the Eagles had an overall dual match/game/meet record of 209-103-6 (.667) and 106-37-2 (.738) in A-Sun competition, while securing four A-Sun regular season crowns, three A-Sun Tournament titles and a fifth straight Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) Conference Championship. Five programs (three teams and two individuals) also participated in their NCAA Tournaments, Highlighted by the men’s basketball team becoming the first No. 15 seed in NCAA Tournament history to advance to the Sweet 16 and the first team since the 1987 Florida squad to win its first two tournament games, FGCU was one of just four teams in the nation to win 26+ games in both men's and women's basketball in 2012-13. The two squads combined for 53 wins on the year, which tied for ninth-most in the nation by one school.
In the classroom, FGCU student-athletes continued to excel in 2012-13, too. Eleven of the fifteen (six men’s and nine women’s) FGCU Division I intercollegiate programs set new records for semester student-athlete grade point average (GPA) in either the Fall or Spring term, and ten teams established their highest ever overall GPAs after the Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 academic semester. Posting a 3.27 cumulative GPA and a 3.30 semester GPA after the Fall 2012 term and a 3.29 cumulative GPA and a 3.31 semester GPA after the Spring 2013 term, the Eagles yet again established new records for academic achievement, surpassing the prior year’s academic records of 3.21 and 3.27, respectively. Eagle student-athletes also exceeded the overall FGCU undergraduate GPA mark for the ninth consecutive semester (13 of the past 14 semesters). Among the overall population of 249 student-athletes in the Fall 2012 term, 26 (10%) student-athletes earned a 4.0 term GPA and 105 (42%) student-athletes earned a 3.5 or higher term GPA. In the Spring 2013 term, among the overall population of 235 student-athletes, 19 (8%) student-athletes earned a 4.0 term GPA and 107 (45%) student-athletes earned a 3.5 or higher term GPA. In addition, in both Fall and Spring, 78% of the total grades earned were above average (“B-” or higher), including a total of 493 “A”s in the Fall term and 537 “A”s in the Spring term.