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AAC - Fri, Jun. 25, 2010

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Union Director of Athletics Darin S. Wilson received the 2009-10 Under Armour AD of the Year for the Southeast Region in the NAIA Thursday at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) annual convention.

"I am humbled to be receiving this award," said Wilson. "To be recognized by NACDA and your peers in this manner is amazing."

Wilson is one of 29 who were honored by NACDA. There are four geographic regions - northeast, southeast, central and west; while the membership is separated into seven categories - Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A); Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA); Division I (formerly Division I-AAA); Division II; Division III; NAIA; and Junior/Community Colleges, along with one International winner. One winner was selected in each of the seven categories, for a total of 29 honorees.

"On behalf of the Union College family, I want to extend special congratulations and thanks to our Athletics Director, Darin Wilson, upon notice that he has been named the 2009-10 NAIA Southeast Region Under Armour AD of the Year," said Union President Edward de Rosset. "Darin Wilson is imminently deserving of this honor. Virtually every aspect of Union College's athletics programs has thrived during his tenure as AD, and he has been a leader in the application of the tenets of the NAIA Champions of Character program."

In his seventh year serving as the Union director of athletics, Wilson has overseen the renovation of several athletics facilities including the addition of press boxes to the football and softball facilities, the installation of synthetic sports turf at Burch/Nau Field and the remodeling of the student-athlete training facilities.

"Darin has had a great influence in overseeing the extensive upgrading of virtually all athletic facilities on the campus making them comparable to the best among small college facilities," commented de Rosset. "These improvements have had a remarkable influence on the aesthetic appearance of the campus, the performance of teams and individual athletes, safety of our athletes and have added to the enjoyment of college life for intramurals and casual athletic activities as well as use of facilities by the local community."

Since his arrival, Wilson has been instrumental in reinvigorating the Bulldogs athletics program. He reinstated cross country, track and field, swimming, bowling and men's and women's tennis. The Bulldogs in return have won 37 Appalachian Athletics Conference titles, six NAIA Regional titles, and have participated in 39 national championship tournaments and events. Union further excelled off the field with 43 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and four CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team members. Union also won its first-ever AAC Duard Walker All-Sports Trophy during the 2009-10 season as it captured a total of 13 conference titles this past year.

"This honor is byproduct of all the hard work of the coaching staff, the athletic training staff, the sports information staff and our administrative assistant Lana Faulkner," Wilson said. "This award would not be possible if it were not for them. Everyone has worked together to help make Union College athletics the best it can be.

"I would also like to thank the administration and president de Rosset for their support of me and of Union College athletics," he added. "The school as a whole has been very supportive of athletics, and all of the teams' successes are a result of that."

A two-time AAC Athletic Director of the Year, Wilson has shown his dedication to Union athletics since he graduated from the institution in 1996. After graduation, Wilson joined the Union baseball staff, eventually working his way up to head coach, where he served for five seasons. During that time, the Mid-South Conference honored him as the 2001 Coach of the Year.

To view all of the AD of the Year honorees, click here.