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McDermott Named a NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year

Erin McDermott
Erin McDermott

CHICAGO – University of Chicago Director of Athletics and Recreation Erin McDermott was named one of 28 winners of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour AD of the Year award, announced Wednesday.

McDermott was one of four NCAA Division III athletic directors selected, in an award that spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges).

The ADOY award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses, and their surrounding communities.

Since McDermott's arrival in July 2013, the University of Chicago Maroons have captured 17 University Athletic Association (UAA) championships, five NCAA individual event championships, and five top-20 finishes in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings among 450 NCAA Division III institutions. This season alone, UChicago earned its highest-ever ranking in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings at No. 5 after fall athletic competition.

In addition, 14 Maroon student-athletes have been selected as Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Academic All-Americans, considered to be the most prestigious academic award in collegiate athletics.

Other highlights under McDermott's leadership include the addition of varsity women's lacrosse, conducting a space planning study, forming the Friends of Maroon Athletics, securing a department-wide Adidas agreement, establishing the department's graphic identity, and reorganizing the administration. 

McDermott was also one of nine female athletic directors to earn the NACDA honor, the highest ever in a given year.

All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.

Complete list of winners