Athletics director nets spot on NIT Committee

Vaughn Williams
Vaughn Williams

Kennesaw State’s Vaughn Williams to serve four-year term

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov 9, 2016) — Kennesaw State University Director of Athletics Vaughn Williams has been appointed to the selection committee for the NCAA’s longest-running postseason basketball tournament.

Williams was one of eight people named Tuesday to serve on the National Invitation Tournament Committee, starting with the 2016-17 men’s basketball season. The committee is responsible for the selection, seeding and bracketing of the 32-team NIT postseason championship.

NIT Committee members are appointed to serve a maximum four-year term. The committee is composed of current athletic administrators who are actively working at NCAA institutions/conferences and former head college basketball coaches.

Joining Williams on the eight-member committee are:

• Barry Collier – director of athletics at Butler and former head men’s basketball coach at Butler and the University of Nebraska;

• Rudy Davalos – former director of athletics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, University of Houston and University of New Mexico;

• Doug Elgin – commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference;

• Reggie Minton – former head men’s basketball coach at Dartmouth College and U.S. Air Force Academy and current deputy executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches;

• Mike Montgomery – former head men’s basketball coach at California, Stanford and Montana and a 2016 inductee into the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame;

• Les Robinson – former head men’s basketball coach and director of athletics at The Citadel, East Tennessee State University and North Carolina State University;

• Bob Weltlich – former head men’s basketball coach at the University of Mississippi, University of Texas, Florida International University and University of South Alabama.

The 2017 National Invitation Tournament starts on March 14 at campus sites. The NIT semifinals and championship game will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York, March 28 and 30.


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