June 17, 2002
Whitworth's McQuilkin Named Athletics Director of the YearIn recognition of the Pirates' remarkable string of recent successes on and off the field, Whitworth Director of Athletics Scott McQuilkin has been selected as the 2001-2002 Athletics Director of the Year for the NCAA Division III West Region.
McQuilkin will receive the award today during a ceremony at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics annual meeting in Dallas. He and the other award winners also will be featured in the June 17 issue of Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal.
"This is a wonderful recognition and I'm honored to receive it," McQuilkin says. "What this award also means, of course, is that I'm part of a great staff that is doing high quality work and providing terrific experiences for young people."
Colleagues laud McQuilkin's commitment to academic and athletics excellence. Since March 2001, Whitworth has won six conference championships and a number of Whitworth teams and/or individual athletes have competed nationally. Also during McQuilkin's tenure, numerous Whitworth coaches have been recognized as conference coaches of the year, including two receiving national "coach of the year" honors. The women's basketball team and women's track and field team last year were recognized as having the highest average GPA for their respective sports in NCAA Division III. And dozens of students have received academic all-region honors.
"In my 16 years as a college president, I have worked with five athletic directors in two institutions, and observed many athletic directors at division I, II and III. Without question, Dr. McQuilkin ranks among the best I have observed at any level," said Whitworth President Bill Robinson in nominating McQuilkin for the award. "Under Scott's leadership, the Whitworth athletics program has become one of the best in the Northwest, both competitively and attitudinally. I do not know how a person could do the job of athletic director any better."
McQuilkin has emphasized the recruitment and retention of talented coaches who share his commitment to academic and athletics excellence. One indicator of his success is that the average tenure of Whitworth's coaches is about eight years.
"Scott has worked hard to develop a department that lives by the concept that what is good for the team is good for the individual," said Helen Higgs, head women's basketball coach and assistant director of athletics. "He has built an attitude in the department that encourages us to support each other and celebrate one another's successes. At the same time, he is conscious of the resources of our competitors and he finds a way to provide what we need in order to compete."
McQuilkin was named Whitworth's athletics director in 1996, assuming responsibility for budget, staff, fundraising, facilities and compliance for 18 intercollegiate sports, in addition to maintaining a faculty appointment in the department of kinesiology. Previously, McQuilkin served as a professor and department chair in Whitworth's Department of Physical Education, assistant baseball coach at Pennsylvania State University, and head baseball coach at Whitworth. During his tenure as Whitworth's baseball coach, McQuilkin's teams won three NAIA District 1 championships and he was twice named district 1 coach of the year.
McQuilkin received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Whitworth and holds a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University, where his research focused on sport history. He is a member of the North American Society for Sport History and has published numerous articles in academic journals. He also is active in service to Whitworth and to the larger Spokane community.
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,100 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.
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