(story courtesy of the NAIA)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that Lewis-Clark State College (LCSC) athletics director Gary Picone has been named the 2009-10 NAIA-Athletics Director Association (ADA) Athletics Director of the Year. The award recognizes Picone’s leadership, vision and commitment to intercollegiate athletics.
Success seems to follow Picone whose leadership supported unprecedented heights for the entire LCSC athletics department in facility improvements, exceptional educational outreach to student-athletes, transformational fund raising for athletics and personal support from the community of Lewiston and the state of Idaho. He has spearheaded efforts to raise nearly $500,000 annually which benefited numerous projects including improvements made to Harris Field, home to the NAIA World Series.
Picone oversees a highly competitive athletics department that currently participates in 11 sports. During the past two years, LCSC has had 10 sports qualify a team or individuals to NAIA national championships and three years ago, all 11 sports had a team or individual qualifier. In addition to his allegiance to LCSC, Picone represents the Frontier Conference on the National Administrative Council, is currently a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and serves on numerous committees.
NAIA Conference Athletics Directors of the Year: Scott Fleming (American Mideast Conference/Mount Vernon Nazarene University); Tom Smith (American Midwest Conference/Missouri Baptist University); Donny Mayfield (Appalachian Athletic Conference/Tennessee Wesleyan College); Keith Spataro (California Pacific Athletic Conference/Menlo College); Rob Cashell (Cascade Collegiate Conference/Eastern Oregon University); Dave Laketa (Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference/University of St. Francis); B.J. Pumroy (Dakota Athletic Conference/Valley City State University); Gary Picone (Frontier Conference/Lewis-Clark State College); Dave Holmquist (Golden State Athletic Conference/Biola University); Fran Hummel (Great Plains Athletic Conference/Hastings College); David Stair (Heart of America Athletic Conference/Evangel University); Diane Flickner (Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference/Bethel College); Jill Jokerst (Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference/St. Louis College of Pharmacy); Chad Briscoe (Mid-Central College Conference/Grace College); Rusty Hollingsworth (Mid-South Conference/Campbellsville University); Barry Fried (Midwest Collegiate Conference/Viterbo University); Kevin Milikan (Red River Athletic Conference/Texas Wesleyan University); Norris Russell (Sooner Athletic Conference/Oklahoma Baptist University); Bill Peterson (Southern States Athletic Conference/Shorter University); John Dyer (Sunrise Conference/Vermont Technical College); Steve Ridder (The Sun Conference/Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University); Tommy Sadler (TranSouth Athletic Conference/Union University); Dave Grube (Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference/Cornerstone University).