Auburn University's Jay Jacobs named athletic director of the year

Auburn University's Jay Jacobs named athletic director of the year
Jay Jacobs (Source: Auburn University)

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs has been named a 2016-2017 NACDA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year.

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics award voted on by a select committee of athletic directors "highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses, and their surrounding communities," according to NACDA's news release.

Auburn President Jay Gogue nominated Jacobs, who was named athletics director in 2005 after working in nearly every area of the department for 20 years.

"This is a great day for Auburn and a tremendous honor for Jay Jacobs, his staff and all those who are responsible for this well-deserved recognition," Gogue said.

The Auburn president said Auburn Athletics has excelled in each of the areas he deems important for a balanced and successful athletic program.

Jacobs said he would accept the NACDA AD of the Year award at the organization's June meeting in Orlando on behalf of Auburn and the entire athletic department, which he credited for the recognition.

"I'm humbled by this honor, and I deeply appreciate NACDA and the distinguished selection committee for recognizing Auburn Athletics," Jacobs said.

Jacobs has also been actively involved in community service efforts, championing the End Child Hunger in Alabama movement by designating the cause as the department's signature community service initiative.

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