Olivet Nazarene University is pleased to announce that Gary Newsome, director
of athletics, has been nominated for and accepted the role of serving on the
Board of Directors for the NAIA Athletic Directors Association (ADA). The goal
of this newly formed Board is to help lead the NAIA into a more productive
future, one in which the ADs are at the forefront. This will include recognizing the
accomplishments of members and encouraging professional growth.
“I am honored to have been asked to fill a spot on the NAIA’s ADA Board,”
said Newsome of the appointment. “I hope
I can provide some added insight and direction within our association.”
Entering his seventh year as Olivet’s athletic director, Newsome will
also continue to serve on the NAIA National Administrative Council’s Awards and
Statistics committee, and as the commissioner of the Mid-States Football
Association (MSFA). During his tenure at the helm of the Tigers, Olivet has won
five consecutive Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) All-Sports
Cups and finished fifth in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings —
the highest finish in University history.
One athletic director from each NAIA conference in the country has been
nominated to serve on the new ADA Board. Throughout the past year, the ADA Executive
Committee, along with an ad-hoc advisory board, has worked tirelessly to help
the ADA become a more relevant and participative organization. NAIA CEO Jim
Carr has been very receptive to the goal of greater ADA participation in NAIA
initiatives, as well as allowing for more opportunity to increase professional
development and visibility.