Kennesaw State AD Vaughn Williams Honored by UMass Department of Sport Management

KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams recently was honored as…

Georgia (May 13, 2013) — KENNESAW, Ga. – Kennesaw State Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams recently was honored as one of four recipients of the Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award, presented annually by the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management.


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Launched in 1993, the award recognizes McCormack alumni for their professional excellence and outstanding achievement in the sports industry as well as for their dedication to McCormack Sport Management.

Other honorees included Baylor Athletic Director Ian McCaw (MS ’87), Jay Monahan (MS, ’95), Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of the PGA Tour, and Gloria Nevarez (BS ’93), Senior Associate Commissioner of the Pac-12 Conference.

The newest group of award winners was recognized at the McCormack Sport Management Awards Banquet at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass., on Wednesday, May 1.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Harold J. VanderZwaag Distinguished Alumnus Award,” Williams said. “The accomplishments and success that previous recipients of the award have achieved throughout their careers, and to be recognized with Ian McCaw, Jay Monahan and Gloria Nevarez means a great deal to me and I am extremely grateful.”

Williams was hired as Director of Athletics in May of 2011 following six-plus years as an associate athletics director at the University of Connecticut. Since coming to Kennesaw State, Williams has led a re-structuring of the Division I athletics department that has included the addition of women’s lacrosse and football, which became the 18th intercollegiate program when it was announced this past February.

In just 24 months leading the Kennesaw State Department of Athletics, Williams has introduced new standards for the department that includes a re-branding of the Department of Athletics, a partnership with Adidas to be the official apparel provider of the Owls and new initiatives that better serve the student-athletes.

During his time at UCONN, Williams was a member of the senior management team where he was responsible for strategic planning, facility master plans, and policy/procedure improvement. Williams joined the University of Connecticut following six years (1998-2004) as assistant athletics director for operations and facilities at Boston College. His administrative responsibilities included project manager for the Alumni Stadium field turf installation, Newton Campus Soccer Field and Alumni Stadium bubble/turf installation.

A 1992 graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Williams was a four-year (1988-91) member of the football team, earning second team All-Yankee Conference honors in 1990.

Kennesaw State University is celebrating 30 years of intercollegiate athletics during the 2012-13 academic year.


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