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Gonzaga’s Mike Roth, Washington State’s Patrick Chun among 28 to receive athletic director of year honors

UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth, left, and Washington State athletic director Pat Chun are among 28 recipients of the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award.
Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth, left, and Washington State athletic director Pat Chun are among 28 recipients of the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award.

Gonzaga’s Mike Roth and Washington State’s Patrick Chun are among 28 recipients of the NACDA Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award.

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) honored Roth for the second time. He was selected at the Division I-AAA level with Creighton’s Bruce Rasmussen, Cal State Fullerton’s Jim Donovan and Florida Gulf Coast’s Ken Kavanagh.

Chun – who recently completed his first year on the job at WSU – Iowa State’s Jamie Pollard, Central Florida’s Danny White and North Carolina State’s Deborah Yow were honored at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level.

The award spans seven divisions – FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college/community colleges. Four winners are selected in each division.

The 28 winners will be presented with their awards June 11 at NACDA’s 54th annual convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Roth, who is in his 22nd year at Gonzaga, is one of seven repeat recipients among this year’s 28 winners. Roth has overseen the rise of Gonzaga’s basketball programs on the national scene as well as the recent addition of the Volkar Center for Athletic Achievement.

Gonzaga student-athletes compiled a 998 in the most recent multiyear Academic Progress Rate, sharing the top spot nationally with Holy Cross and Villanova. Gonzaga has achieved a 99-percent Graduation Success Rate for two straight years, ranking No. 1 in 2017 and No. 2 in 2018.

Chun has instituted programs to benefit student-athlete welfare, specifically mental health awareness. He has guided an athletic department that saw six sports reach NCAA championships.

WSU athletics fundraising set a record for donations last year and student-athletes established program highs for grade-point average in two consecutive semesters.

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