2014 NCAA Convention Recap
By Dan McKane
One of the highlights from the trip was taking part in the Division III Special Olympics event. Special Olympians from the San Diego area were mixed in with Division III student-athletes and administrators, taking part in soccer and bocce ball competition. Due to my soccer background, I naturally gravitated to the soccer games and had a fantastic experience. The games were competitive and fun. One of the best parts was watching our NCAA National SAAC Rep (Domenic Fraboni from Concordia football) playing soccer. Another highlight from the event was gathering four Gustavus graduates for a photo with Gustavus President Jack Ohle (Chair of the NCAA Division III Presidents Council).
|The D-III Special Olympics clinic was featured in the NCAA|
Convention Newsletter. MIAC SAAC rep Domenic Fraboni
is pictured chest-bumping a student-athlete, and he and
Augsburg's Kelly Anderson Diercks are in the group shot.
Every year during convention, Friday is dedicated to the Division III Issues Forum and the MIAC administrator meeting. The Issues Forum allows me to really hear from administrators around the division on several key topics. This year the main topic was recruiting reform. We discussed many concepts that could alter the way the division recruits. I am very interested to see which concepts develop into proposals for next year’s convention. The recruiting topic is one that I have spoken to most coaches groups throughout the conference and have heard many passionate responses on a number of ideas. Friday afternoon featured our MIAC administrator meeting, where we covered NCAA legislation, several hot topics in the NCAA and MIAC. Former MIAC Executive Director Carlyle Carter also stopped at the meeting to catch up with our many long time administrators. We also congratulated Gerald Young (Carleton AD) on his appointment to the NCAA Management Council and JoAnn Andregg (St. Thomas Associate AD) on her upcoming retirement.
|Gustavus President Jack Ohle presides over the|
NCAA Division III Business Session.
Overall, I came away from the NCAA Convention more energized than ever before. I wasn’t excited to enter back into freezing temperatures after experiencing 80 degrees each day in San Diego, but I am ready for the winter sports season and excited for our upcoming championships.