June 24, 2010
ARLINGTON, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington Director of Athletics Pete Carlon was named the Under Armour AD of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Twenty-nine athletic directors were recognized with four geographic regions separated into seven categories.
Carlon, who completed his 14th year as AD at UT Arlington in 2009-10, was the West AD of the Year in the Division I category along with Gene Doris (Northeast, Fairfield University), Dave Mullins (Southeast, East Tennessee State) and Chris Peterson (Central, University of Arkansas-Little Rock).
Under the direction of Carlon since 1996-97, UT Arlington athletics has captured 51 Southland Conference titles, won 11 conference men's and women's all-sports trophies and have three Southland Conference Commissioner's Cups (1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03) to its credit. The Commissioner's Cup recognizes the conference's best overall athletics program.
Carlon has been with the university since 1981, previously serving as head athletic trainer. Before he was named director of athletics in May of 1996, Carlon served as assistant or associate athletics director for eight years (1984-96). Carlon served twice as the department's interim AD.
During his 12-year tenure as head athletic trainer, Carlon served as president of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association in 1987-88, was a member of the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association (SWATA) Executive Board, and served two terms on the national board of directors for the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Carlon received one of the highest honors presented by the organization when he was named recipient of the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award in 1997. In 1989, Carlon was presented the Frank Medina Award for service to athletics training and mankind, and has twice (1988 and 1996) earned the Eddie Wojecki Award for service to SWATA.
He was inducted into the SWATA Hall of Fame in 1999 and the NATA Hall of Fame in 2005 - the organizations highest honor.
Carlon served a two-year term as president of the Southland Conference and chair of its executive committee. He previously served on the executive committee in two-year stints as vice president/chair of the compliance committee and secretary/treasurer and chair of the finance committee.
Carlon has also served on several committees, including Southland Conference Honors and Awards, Compliance, Strategic Planning, Championships, Officiating and Marketing and Television.
Nationally, Carlon has been appointed for a four-year term on the Division I Academics Cabinet, after spending the 2008-09 year as a member of the NCAA Division I Academics, Eligibility and Compliance Cabinet, the Transfer Issues Ad Hoc Subcommittee and chairing the Division I Financial Aid Subcommittee.
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