GGC's Wilson Named NAIA Athletics Director of the Year
Dr. Darin Wilson, Director of Athletics at Georgia Gwinnett College, has received the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) - Athletics Directors Association Athletics Director of the Year Award for 2010-11.
He received the award Sunday at the NAIA’s annual convention in Newport Beach, Calif. The annual award recognizes Wilson's competent, comprehensive, practical, innovative and principled approach to college athletics.
Wilson earned the award for his work as director of Athletics at Union College in Barbourville, Ky., from 2003 to the summer of 2011. At Union, Wilson experienced unprecedented success as the Bulldogs captured 47 conference championships and advanced 47 teams to NAIA national championship play. During his tenure, Wilson added eight new athletics programs, bringing the college’s total to 23.
Under Wilson’s leadership, Union programs garnered a large number of distinctive honors both in terms of individual programs as well as individual honors for outstanding athletes and their achievements in competition and in the classroom.
“We are very proud of Darin for this achievement, which reaffirms the very reasons we felt that he was the right person to build Georgia Gwinnett College’s intercollegiate athletics program,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “We are confident that he will continue his winning record at GGC.”
He is off to a quick start. After arriving at GGC late last summer, Wilson immediately began building the Grizzly Athletics program from scratch, with an aggressive goal of fielding competitive teams in six sports during the 2012-13 academic year. Those sports include men’s baseball, soccer and tennis and women’s softball, soccer and tennis. So far, he has hired four head and two assistant coaches and two professional staff positions, with more hires ongoing.
“We’re well on our way to recruiting our inaugural teams; we have sports camps scheduled for the summer, and our first intercollegiate soccer games are scheduled for Aug. 25,” Wilson said.
With no facilities, no coaches and no program in place, the AD position at GGC is an assignment that might have been too challenging for many.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build an athletics program from the ground up,” Wilson said. “I am most excited to develop a program that will be integrated with GGC’s emphasis on learning and leadership. We have a great coaching staff and administrative team in place and we are all looking forward to our first year in competition.”