Hofstra University Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeffrey A. Hathaway was named an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year, it was announced this morning by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
“I appreciate the opportunity to work with Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz and the entire University community,” commented Hathaway. “Certainly I’m humbled by this recognition and know that the credit for our successes truly belong to our outstanding student-athletes, coaches and staff.”
Hathaway, along with the other recipients, will receive his award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 17, at NACDA’s 50th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.
Hathaway is one of 28 winners spanning seven divisions, which includes: NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges. Hathaway was one of four honorees from Division I-AAA.
This marks the third time that Hathaway has received this honor as he previously earned the award in 2006-07 and 2009-10. Only three athletic directors have done this at the Division I level. In addition he is one of just two athletic directors to earn the recognition in two different subdivisions of Division I.
Hathaway is now in his third year as the vice president and director of athletics at Hofstra University. The former chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, Hathaway was recently appointed to the inaugural NCAA Division I Council as the Colonial Athletic Association representative and to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee.
During his tenure leading the Hofstra Department of Athletics, Hathaway has seen eight squads make NCAA Tournament appearances and 12 student-athletes combine to earn either Academic All-America accolades or be named CAA Scholar-Athletes.
Since Hathaway took the reins, seven new head coaches have joined the staff, including Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Mihalich. In two years men’s basketball has risen from a seven-win team to a 20-win season in 2014-15.
The academic success of Hofstra student-athletes during Hathaway’s time with the Pride is strong as well, as more than 700 student-athletes have earned 3.0 grade point averages or better and 39 have posted a perfect 4.0 GPA. In addition, the 2014 fall semester average grade point average of Hofstra student-athletes was a best-ever 3.22.
The Hofstra Athletics Pride Club has increased fundraising during each year of his tenure. Hathaway has also overseen areas of capital improvement with the completion of the Hofstra Basketball Practice Facility this past July as well as the replacement of artificial turf surfaces at James M. Shuart Stadium, the Hofstra Soccer Stadium and University Field (baseball).
Hathaway has served in the athletic departments at Connecticut, Colorado State and Maryland. He was the athletic director at Colorado State from 2001 to 2003 and served as the director of athletics at Connecticut from 2003 to 2011.
He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland.