Northern Kentucky Athletics
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Division II Athletics Directors Association has announced that former Northern Kentucky University athletic director Jane Meier is the recipient of the 2011 DII ADA Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an athletic director who has exemplified superior achievement during their career at the Division II level.
“Our Association is privileged to present Jane with the DII ADA Lifetime Achievement Award,” said DII ADA President Greg Waggoner, director of athletics at Western State College of Colorado. “She was a pioneer for women in intercollegiate athletics, becoming one of the first female athletics directors in the country. The DII ADA looks forward to honoring her accomplishments at the NACDA Convention in June.”
Meier began her career at NKU in 1978 as the head volleyball coach, and also coached both softball and women’s basketball at the university before becoming the athletic director in 1988. During Meier’s tenure, NKU captured a pair of national championships, 20 regional titles and 61 Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) regular-season or tournament championships. In all, NKU tallied a total of 76 NCAA Tournament appearances under Meier’s leadership, including 13 final four trips.
NKU captured the GLVC All-Sports trophy six times under Meier’s watch. Academically, NKU produced 11 postgraduate scholarship winners during Meier’s career and 24 student-athletes were named Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sports. In addition, two student-athletes were selected as NCAA Today’s Top VIII Award winners.
Nationally, Meier served on a variety of NCAA committees during her tenure, including volleyball (both regionally and nationally), basketball (both regionally and nationally), Nominating, DII President’s Council Media Advisory Group and the Executive Committee Membership Group. On campus, Meier oversaw the NKU basketball teams’ transition into the 9,400-seat, state-of-the-art The Bank of Kentucky Center in November 2008. Two other facilities were also constructed during her time at NKU, The Frank Ignatius Grein Softball Field and The Joyce Yeager Tennis Complex.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award presented by the DII ADA. To be eligible for this award, a person must be at least 60 years old, or have spent at least 25 years in collegiate athletics, with a majority of those years as an AD. The honoree may be currently in the profession or retired.