Newsome appointed to National Administrative Council of NAIA
Author: Laura Warfel, Public Relations Specialist
Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Olivet Nazarene University’s Director of Athletics Gary Newsome was recently appointed to the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). He will serve on the Awards and Statistics committee, which focuses on the policies and procedures of NAIA awards and statistics.
Newsome has been serving as the athletic director at Olivet since 2008 and, in that time, Tiger athletics have seen great success. Olivet has 20 intercollegiate teams that participate in NAIA competition. With dedicated coaches and athletes, the Olivet Tigers' athletic programs consistently produce teams that are among the best performers in the country, both on the field and in the classroom. This additional service opportunity combines Newsome’s passion for sports and his administrative experience.
“Under Gary’s leadership, ONU has increased the number of athletic teams, Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) championships, NAIA national qualifiers, NAIA All-Americans and NAIA Academic All-Americans,” said Scott Armstrong, chair of Olivet’s Department of Exercise and Sports Science. “In addition, ONU finished third overall among all NAIA institutions in the Director’s Cup competition last year."
“What’s most impressive, however, is Gary’s dedication to maintaining good ‘fit’ for the university and its ONU coaches and the athletes they recruit. I count it a privilege to be a part of ONU Athletics and to serve under Gary’s leadership.”
The NAIA exists “to promote the education and development of students through intercollegiate athletic participation,” says the NAIA Handbook. Newsome was appointed to the NAC governing body, which consists of 32 to 36 members and seeks to shape the policies of the NAIA. There are four regulatory committees — Awards and Statistics, Championship Competition, Rules and Ratings, and Experience and Enhancement.
“Gary Newsome now represents Olivet on a national level,” said Dennis Crocker, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Gary illustrates another way to bring honor to God by becoming an expert in his field, accruing recognized credentials, and securing a place of documented quality among the nation’s Christian universities.”