Reidy Named Under Armour Division II Athletics Director of the Year
May 13, 2015
Saint Leo University Director of Athletics Francis X. Reidy is one of four NCAA Division II athletics directors to be recognized as a 2014-15 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). This is the second time in the last three years that he was selected for this recognition. He previously received the award in 2012.
Reidy will be honored by his peers at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 17 during the NACDA’s 50th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando.
Joining Reidy on the list of Division II honorees was fellow Sunshine State Conference athletics director Michael Covone from Barry University, along with Michael McBroom (West Texas A&M) and Erick Schoh (Winona State).
“Saint Leo Athletics is the product of Fran Reidy’s vision, his energy, his principles, and his dedication. The achievements of Saint Leo student-athletes during his tenure, both athletically and academically, have been facilitated by his values-driven approach to collegiate athletics, and I am pleased that he is again being recognized by his colleagues and peers for his work guiding Saint Leo athletics,” said Arthur F. Kirk, Jr., Saint Leo university president. “Fran has never been content to rest on his achievements over his 28 years at Saint Leo, and I look forward to seeing the next evolution for Saint Leo athletics.”
Currently in his 16th year as Saint Leo’s athletics director, Reidy continues to be the driving force behind the ascendancy in the Lions’ athletic fortunes.
Over the last three years, Saint Leo’s athletics program has expanded to 19 sports with a staff of over 60, including full-time and part-time staff and graduate assistants. Three new athletics facilities have opened, providing competitive venues for men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse – the latter a state-of-the-art turf stadium that was built in conjunction with the campus’ plans for an underground, two-tier parking deck.
Saint Leo has captured five Sunshine State Conference (SSC) titles over the last three seasons, giving the Lions 12 conference regular season and tournament titles since 2005. Those conference crowns helped Saint Leo win successive SSC Mayors’ Cups in men’s athletics, representative of overall conference supremacy in athletics, in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Concurrently, Saint Leo improved from 98th in the final 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings to 18th at the end of the 2013-14 season. All five of the Lions’ fall teams advanced to their respective NCAA tournaments to start the 2014-15 academic year, allowing Saint Leo to climb to fifth in the final fall standings of the 2014-15 Directors’ Cup race.
Academically, Saint Leo student-athletes have also performed at pioneering levels. Student-athlete GPAs reached an all-time high of 3.192 at the end of the Fall 2014 semester, and Saint Leo recorded its ninth Capital One Academic All-America honoree this past fall.
Reidy is an active and respected peer in Division II athletics. He served as chair of the NCAA Division II Championships Committee, and was the first vice president of the Division II Athletic Director’s Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission that will co-host five Division II championship events over the next three years.
“I proudly accept this award on behalf of the outstanding coaches and staff, talented student-athletes, and supportive university administration who are the ones responsible for elevating Saint Leo athletics into a nationally recognized program,” said Reidy. “I am thrilled that our broad-based success in all of our sports, as well as our academic success, was recognized and appreciated by the selection committee. I am extremely fortunate to have a leadership role at an outstanding institution, which provides me the encouragement and opportunities to be involved in endeavors away from campus with the NCAA and Division II Athletic Directors Association.”
“We are on quite a winning streak at Saint Leo University, and this award validates all the great things happening within our programs,” said Reidy.