Contact: Laura Lewis
National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators
Kansas City, Mo. ─ The National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) announced today its 2013 Judith M. Sweet Commitment and Administrator of Tomorrow award recipients. Binh Nguyen (NCAA) was honored with the Judith M. Sweet Commitment Award and Lindsey Abercrombie (University of Denver), Hillary Bach (Arizona State University) and Erin Varley (Shippensburg University) were named Administrator of Tomorrow Award winners.
“It is with great pride that NACWAA recognizes and honors these outstanding young and aspiring athletics administrators,” said Patti Phillips, NACWAA chief executive officer. “We are inspired by their passion and commitment and excited to see these future leaders excel in their athletics careers.”
Named for the former NCAA President, athletic director and NACWAA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, the Judith M. Sweet Commitment Award recognizes athletics administrators below the senior ranking level who are committed to providing high-level leadership and guidance within intercollegiate athletics. The Administrator of Tomorrow Award is presented to an undergraduate/graduate student, intern or volunteer who aspires to a career in intercollegiate athletics, and recognizes involvement and a leadership role on campus, in a conference office or an organization and in the community. Honorees are nominated by NACWAA members and selected by the NACWAA Awards Committee.
Award recipients will also receive scholarships to attend the 2013 NACWAA National Convention, October 13-15 in San Diego. The National Convention is the premier conference for women working in intercollegiate athletics, offering unparalleled leadership and professional development, industry training and networking opportunities.
About the Honorees
Binh Nguyen is associate director of academic and membership affairs at the NCAA, where she has worked for the past seven years. She currently oversees the day-to-day operations of APR and GSR data collection and took the recent initiative to create a Data Collection Advisory Group comprised of membership users that assist in program changes, pinpointing efficiencies and improving the customer’s overall experience. Nominators Diane Dickman and John Shukie also noted that Binh’s initiatives increase staff cohesion and raise morale.
“During the course of Binh's career at the NCAA and WBCA, she has gone beyond the call of duty in providing service to the NCAA membership,” said former colleague Lynn Holzman. “Binh has proven to be the reliable, go-to person who ensures the technical or operational aspect of an initiative gets done.”
Lindsey Abercrombie is currently an intern in the University of Denver Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) department. Beginning in a work study role as a community relationship intern, Lindsey worked with student-athletes, coaches and staff securing community service opportunities while she pursued her master’s degree in Sports Psychology. After a two-year stint outside of athletics, Lindsey returned to her passion of working with student-athletes.
“Lindsey acts with honor, integrity and a sense of humor that makes people she interacts with feel comfortable and at ease,” said nominator Peg Bradley-Doppes. “She is deeply dedicated to the student-athlete experience and is an excellent ambassador for the university.”
Hillary Bach serves as a graduate assistant for the senior administrators of the Arizona State University athletics department. She is responsible for overseeing an executive board of 25 students, whose mission is to increase awareness, attendance and tradition at men’s basketball games. Under Hillary’s leadership, the men’s basketball goal attendance was surpassed by 84% in 2012-13. She is also an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and has been involved with the Special Olympics and United Way fundraising campaign.
“In addition to being an exceptional and decorated student-athlete, Hillary is now an outstanding young leader in the ASU athletics department,” said nominator Dawn Rogers. “Hillary has proven that she is well on her way to becoming an excellent administrator in college athletics.”
Erin Varley is currently a fifth-year undergraduate student and department of athletics intern at Shippensburg University. As a student-athlete, she served as a team captain and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. While at Shippensburg, Erin has led the charge on many initiatives and duties, including developing a mentorship program, assisting with event management and working on priority scheduling for student-athletes.
“As a student-athlete, Erin was the young lady who was literally in the gym everyday working on her craft simply for the love of the game," said nominator Carrie Michaels. “She was the individual who was observed daily by coaches in the athletics department who wished that their respective student-athletes had the same determination and commitment to sport.”