Bob Vecchione: National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
Who is NACDA?
While many individuals outside of intercollegiate athletics may not know the acronym, those inside the industry will respond the ‘Nation’s Athletics Directors.’ The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), founded in 1965, serves as the professional association for those in the field of intercollegiate athletics administration. Its mission is to provide educational opportunities and serve as a vehicle for networking, the exchange of information and advocacy on behalf of the profession.
Since 1965, NACDA has become more than just the ‘Nation’s Athletics Directors.’ The Association has increased its profile by adding professional associations under its umbrella that directly report to the athletics director, expanding to its current number of 13 associations, which it manages the day-to-day operations.
In 1992, Executive Director Bob Vecchione was tasked with thinking outside the box and expanding the Association’s reach. The first association to come under the NACDA umbrella was the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA).
Since 1992, the following Associations have formed – the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) – 1993; the National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC), Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA), Division II Athletics Directors Association (DII ADA) and the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation – 1998; the National Alliance of Two Year Collegiate Athletics Administrators (NATYCAA) – 1999; the College Athletic Business Management Association (CABMA) – 2000; the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) – 2001; the International Collegiate Licensing Association (ICLA) – 2002; the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association (MOAA) – 2006; the Collegiate Event and Facility Management Association (CEFMA) – 2008; and the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) – 2012.
Programs such as the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, NCAA Football, the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award, the NACDA Daily Review, the Disney Institute and the Wounded Warrior Project are examples of those value added membership benefits created under his tutelage.
In 2012, the Association developed two initiatives geared toward student-athletes and their development after athletics, the Capital One Fiscal U program and Northwestern Mutual Life After Athletics program.
The Annual NACDA Convention has virtually tripled in revenue and stature since 1992 and has grown to become the premier meeting place for athletics administrators. The Convention attracts more than 2,500 administrators and over 300 corporate exhibitors. Additionally, Vecchione has created a multi-tiered sponsorship program that has grown to represent in excess of 25 corporations, providing more than $2 million in monies, goods and services.