Nero named athletic director of the year

Athletic director Patrick Nero was named as an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year in Division I-AAA, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced Thursday.

The award, created in 1998, recognizes athletic directors who have done impressive work in the eyes of their peers. Nero will officially be honored on June 13 at NACDA’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

“I view this as a departmental award,” Nero said in a release. “All of the hard work by our student-athletes, coaches and staff has resulted in this achievement. Our successes also would not be possible without the tremendous support we receive from our Athletics Advisory Council and student-athlete alumni.”

Nero, who is now in his sixth year at GW, has seen 11 teams win league championships during his tenure. That includes women’s and men’s soccer, women’s and men’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s sailing, all of which won their respective championships last year.

Under Nero’s direction, GW finished first in Division I for NCAA Team Works for the 2015-2016 year. GW student-athletes participated in more than 4,800 hours of community service, recognized as the most among their peers.

The award also takes into account the academic success of the student-athlete population. GW set a department record at a 3.27 GPA among all of the student-athletes in the spring of 2016.

This past summer, Nero dealt with a highly publicized scandal involving former men’s basketball head coach Mike Lonergan, who was dismissed last September after an independent investigation concluded he “had engaged in conduct inconsistent with the university’s values.”

According to a report by the Washington Post last July, one former player said Lonergan had made repeated graphic remarks about Nero.

The athletic director was involved in the decision to hire interim head coach Maurice Joseph, who has the team tied for sixth-place in the Atlantic 10 and at 17-13 overall with one game remaining in the regular season.

In 2015, Nero signed a contract extension that concludes in 2021.

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