Baylor Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades IV was selected by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as a recipient of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award for 2019-20.
The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award.
The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.
Rhoades has led Baylor’s intercollegiate athletics department since July 2016. His service to Baylor is centered on his vision of Preparing Champions for Life, which seeks to enrich the student-athlete experience by focusing on the areas of academic achievement, athletic success, character formation and spiritual growth.
“During the almost four years Mack has served as our vice president and director of athletics, he has been the guiding force behind the incredible success of our entire athletics department and an exceptional member of my leadership team,” Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., said.
Rhoades’s leadership has been instrumental to success in a number of areas:
“Mack has achieved remarkable success in leading our athletics program to arguably its greatest heights in school history, and his example of values-based leadership has aligned with our University mission and uplifted the entire Baylor community,” Livingstone said.