GRAND FORKS, N.D.--The University of North Dakota has extended athletics director Brian Faison contract through June 2012, UND President Robert O. Kelley announced today.
"Brian has done a superb job in his first year as our athletics director," said Kelley. "He has provided steady, calm, articulate leadership, which is evident throughout our athletics program. A result has been a number of winning seasons and a major conference championship.
"Brian has also demonstrated a commitment to developing student athletes and their coaching staffs. I'm very proud of our students' academic performance, and I know that Brian shares that pride and commitment to academic excellence. We very much look forward to Brian's leadership as we progress as a Division I institution," said Kelley.
Kelley noted that during his first year, Faison:
* Guided UND through its first year of Division I transition restructuring the department and introducing new administrative initiatives to meet the demands of the transition.
* Successfully negotiated a 10-year agreement with the Alerus Center for football.
* Secured conference affiliation with the Great West Conference providing conference homes for 16 of UND’s 18 varsity sports. Men’s and women’s hockey compete in the WCHA.
* Enhanced UND’s statewide profile through community outreach initiatives and an expanded Fighting Sioux Sports Network.
Some other milestones during Faison's first year:
* Annual giving to the Fighting Sioux Club set a record.
* North Dakota student-athletes continued their tradition of academic excellence: 12 student-athletes were named academic all-District and a school-record record six student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans by ESPN The Magazine; two student-athletes received NCAA Post-Graduate scholarships; 80 student-athletes received conference academic honors.
* Student-athletes provided 5,595 hours of community service.
* Football had the largest season opening crowd in UND football history; football set a record for average attendance; women’s hockey finished seventh in the nation in average attendance, men’s hockey finished second in the nation in average attendance.
* Men’s hockey won the MacNaughton Cup (WCHA regular season champions), women’s basketball went undefeated at home, men’s basketball had their first winning season in three years, volleyball went from a record of 6-23 last year to 24-8.