Published: June 10, 2008
University of Tampa Athletic Director Larry Marfise was honored June 9
with the Southeast Region AstroTurf Athletic Director of the Year Award
from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics
The award recognizes Marfise for the athletic successes
and improvements that have taken place under his leadership in the nine
years he has been at UT.
"This is a tremendous honor from an
outstanding organization that I am proud to be a part of,” Marfise said.
“This would not have been possible without the outstanding coaches and
staff that I work with on a daily basis."
In the past year
Marfise has continually placed UT among the top 30 nationally in the
NCAA Division II U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. Under
Marfise, UT teams have captured five NCAA Division II national
championships. Most recently, the Spartan women's soccer team captured
their first crown with the 2007 title.
Additionally, UT facility
improvements include a new soccer and baseball stadium, a modernized and
enlarged weight room, renovated locker rooms and upgrades to the
softball and tennis complexes. Marfise has also established four new
athletics endowments at UT. Currently, he serves on the NCAA Baseball
Prior to joining the Spartans, he served as
athletics director at Ferris State University (Mich.) from 1994 to 1999
and associate athletics director at St. Mary's College of California
from 1985 to 1994.
NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary explains
the Athletic Director of the Year Award is essential because it
highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their
commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding
"Our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need
for an award such as the AD of the Year," said Cleary. "The program
brings to light the exceptional jobs done by athletics directors across