May 14, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) Wednesday and Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh was one of four to be crowned with the prestigious honor of excellence in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
The 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, Fla.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Thomas Boeh, who has done a tremendous job directing our athletics program over the past eight years to successes in the classroom and on the field," said Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro. "Our student-athletes earned an impressive 3.11 cumulative GPA this past fall and we've won three Mountain West team championships and an individual title this year. We want academics and athletics to rise together at Fresno State, and this award shows that we're headed in the right direction."
Boeh has implemented strong leadership, integrity and sound academic and athletic values to Fresno State Athletics that has seen the department rise together as one with the University.
Under Boeh's watch, Fresno State has transitioned from the Western Athletic Conference into the Mountain West, won a national championship with the baseball teams historic run to the 2008 College World Series Championship and he was able to stabilize, reform and revitalize the athletics program at Fresno State while implementing strict adherence to NCAA compliance protocols and standards.
"Thomas Boeh is a highly gifted and talented leader who has dramatically changed the national perception as well as standing in every way possible for Fresno State Athletics," said Duke University Vice President, Director of Athletics Kevin White. "Looking back at Thomas' respective appointment, perhaps a decade ago, has proven to be, unequivocally, one of the truly great leadership acquisitions within the annals of college athletics, if not higher education. Therefore, simply put, Thomas Boeh being named "AD of the Year" is absolutely right and just - times a huge factor."
Boeh has hired head coaches that have gone on to obtain instant success. This 2013-14 academic year saw Fresno State win three Mountain West team championships with coaches hired in the past two seasons.
His hiring of head football coach Tim DeRuyter paid off dramatically, as the Bulldogs have won back-to-back conference championships for the first time since 1992 and 1993, as well as being ranked in the top 15 this past season. Head men's basketball coach Rodney Terry, hired by Boeh in the summer of 2011, led Fresno State to its first 20-win season and postseason appearance in seven years with Fresno State reaching the finals of the 16-team College Basketball Invitational this spring.
"Thomas Boeh has dramatically impacted the athletic department at Fresno State," DeRuyter said. "His concern for the student-athlete experience for all of our sports is exemplary. His efforts have made our department's image rise on the national scene. I congratulate Thomas on this honor."
Along with the department's success on the playing field, Fresno State has shined off of it as well. Fresno State has been presented as the winner of the Mountain West Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Community Service Award in each of the past two seasons, has increased the overall student-athlete graduation rate by 10 percent since taking over in 2005, has made significant improvements in the department's Academic Progress Rate and has seen 736 Academic All-Conference and 12 Academic All-America selection under his watch.
"This is an amazing award and well deserved," said Bulldog head softball coach Trisha Ford. "Thomas is someone that has a very clear vision and works tirelessly every day to help our athletic department, the coaches and support staff, and more importantly the student-athletes. He is someone of high character, honesty and shows great commitment to Fresno State. I think this award is a direct reflection of where we are at right now as a department, but more importantly the direction that we are going. It is an exciting time here at Fresno State and it all starts with great leadership."
Boeh has also greatly enhanced the infrastructure at Fresno State to benefit the student-athlete experience. He's spearheaded the construction of a pair of $7-million dollar facilities in the aquatics center and the Meyer's Family Sports Medicine Center.
"What a terrific accomplishment," said Ed Dunkel, president of the Bulldog Foundation's Board of Directors. "This epitomizes the efforts Thomas has made towards our compliance efforts. Combining this with his efforts and successes, in student-athlete performance, and an incredible knack for hiring exemplary coaches, this is a much deserved award."
NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione explains the ADOY Award is essential because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors 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."
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