Grand View University's Troy Plummer has been selected by his peers as the 2010-11 Midwest Collegiate Conference Athletic Director of the Year, the MCC announced today.
Under Plummer's direction the Vikings won their second consecutive MCC Commissioner's Cup in 2010-11, winning six conference championships and participating in six NAIA national championships over the year. GVU also posted national top 20 finishes in dance, wrestling, men's golf, and women's indoor and outdoor track & field, while the Viking men's soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Championships. Grand View finished the year 35th in the NAIA Director's Cup standings, the highest finish of any MCC institution. GVU also received the NAIA's Five Star Champions of Character award, and its women's basketball team finished second nationally among NAIA women's basketball teams in team GPA.
Grand View athletics has seen huge growth in the past three years, with the addition of eight sports resulting in more than 300 new student-athletes added in that time. Plummer also has overseen over $3 million in athletic renovations in the last three years and has added 16 new full-time athletic department staff. It is the second time Plummer has won the award in four years as the GVU athletic director, as he also won the MCC award in 2008-09.
"Troy's leadership has been instrumental in the growth and success of Grand View's athletic programs in recent years," said Grand View President Kent Henning."As athletic director, Troy has overseen the addition of numerous new sports and the recruitment of hundreds of additional student-athletes to Grand View.Amid this rapid growth, Troy has built a qualified team of coaches and staff dedicated to the success of their student athletes-on the playing field and in the classroom.He is widely respected by his colleagues at Grand View and his peers at the conference and national level for his many accomplishments. This honor is richly deserved and we celebrate with Troy."