June 30, 2005
CLEVELAND, Ohio –
The National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced at the recent convention in Orlando that Florida State Athletics Director Dave Hart was selected the 2004-05 Division 1-A Southeast Region NACDA Athletic Director of the Year.
Institutional presidents, athletics directors and conference commissioners were eligible to nominate individuals for the award. The award is presented for administrative excellence both on their campuses and in their communities. It is voted on by the Selection Committees composed of current and former NCAA and NAIA presidents, current and former athletics directors and conference commissioners and selected athletics administrators.
Hart, who won the same award in 2000 and is one of just three athletics directors in Division 1-A to receive the award twice, has led the FSU program since 1995 with comprehensive success in mind. The athletics department budget has doubled from 20 to 40 million dollars since Hart arrived, with a high percentage of that increase going towards the growth and development of women’s athletics programs. Student-athletes have reached new heights in academic performance within university, conference and national circles. Community service participation by student-athletes is at an all-time high with every team giving back to the community throughout the year. Florida State student-athletes, coaches, administrators and teams are being recognized nationally on a regular basis for honors and awards. Excellence in competition is evidenced across the board with the Seminoles finishing 22nd nationally in the Directors’ Cup in 2003-2004 and 30th this past season. Facility enhancements have been remarkable and serve as a collective point of pride for current and former student-athletes, coaches, staff, alumni and fans.
In recognizing Hart’s position within intercollegiate athletics, ACC Commissioner John Swofford said, “Dave Hart is one of the best and most respected athletics directors in the business. He thoroughly understands the nuances of major college athletics, and he has superb values to go along with his vast experience in the field. He is a proven leader within our conference as well as at the national level.”
Hart has served on several prestigious committees at conference and national levels during his career in athletics administration. He has been a member of the NCAA Council, the NCAA Honors and Awards Committee and the NCAA Special Events and Postseason Bowls Committee as well as a consultant to the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Hart has also held positions of considerable influence within conference and national circles. He served as President of both the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the Division I-A Athletics Directors’ Association. In addition to winning the NACDA award twice, Hart has also received the Robert R. Neyland Award for lifetime achievement in his profession as well as the Athletics Directors’ Award for advancing the quality and progress of student-athletes and the athletics program while at Florida State. He currently is a member of the NCAA Football Board of Directors where he represents NACDA and serves with commissioners of Division I-A conferences as well as NCAA President, Myles Brand. He is also one of six athletics directors nationally who serve as an advisory group to presidents and conference commissioners in ongoing meetings and discussions regarding BCS format options and related issues. In addition to serving in prominent leadership roles nationally, Hart has been directly involved in the renegotiations of the ACC’s football and basketball television contracts, which are considered to be the nation’s best. He has chaired the ACC Television Committee as well as the ACC Men’s Basketball and Football committees. A long-time advocate of conference expansion, Hart played an instrumental role in the Atlantic Coast Conference expansion process which resulted in the addition of three new members in Miami, Virginia Tech and Boston College while immediately elevating the national profile of the ACC.
Hart was formally recognized on June 16th in Orlando, Florida.