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Buisman Named Athletic Director of the Year

Athletic Director Kevin Buisman was one of 28 national recipients.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Athletics News Release, 5-14-2014

Mankato, Minn. --- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) has announced that Minnesota State University, Mankato's Kevin Buisman (pictured) has been selected as one of 28 winners of the 2013-14 Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY).

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.

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," said Vecchione. "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."

Buisman, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native, has served as director of athletics at Minnesota State Mankato since 2002. During his time with Mavericks, he’s worked on the development of such initiatives as priority registration and missed class policies, drug & alcohol education programs and the reorganization of Minnesota State Mankato's Student Athletic Advisory Committee. Minnesota State Mankato student-athletes log more than 2,000 combined hours annually in community outreach efforts.

In an attempt to integrate Maverick athletics into the greater Mankato area, Maverick athletics has aggressively pursued opportunities to host conference, regional and national tournaments and events. And in doing so, in addition to hosting a litany of North Central Conference and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship events and several NCAA regional tournaments, Minnesota State Mankato successfully hosted the 2004 NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships along with the 2008 and 2012 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships.

Under Buisman's direction, several new fundraising initiatives have been launched, the Maverick logo was redesigned, and in addition to several new marketing campaigns, the Mavericks started an online ticketing system and revamped the departmental booster clubs. Including a two-year stint as chair of the National Football Committee, Buisman has served on several NCAA committees. He’s hired several members of the current coaching staff and in the last 11-and-a-half years, Minnesota State Mankato has had nearly 70 teams make NCAA Division II postseason appearances. The Mavericks have made a dramatic ascent up the Director’s Cup leaderboard, finishing an all-time best second in 2008-09.

"It’s humbling to be nominated by colleagues and recognized across your peer group with this kind of award," said Buisman. "Like so many other things in sport, it’s about the team and I have a fantastic group of people I work with. The success the overall program enjoys and individual recognitions like this are only possible because of the outstanding group of student-athletes, coaches, and support staff that I get the opportunity to work with on a daily basis. There are many key stakeholders like our administration, fan base, donors, and alumni that are heavily invested in Maverick athletics and it’s a tremendous honor to lead such a well-supported program."

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