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NCCU’s Mccree Earns Under Armour Athletic Director Of The Year Award

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Cleveland – North Carolina Central University Director of Athletics Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree has been recognized as a winner of the Under Armour Athletic Director (AD) of the Year Award, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced on Monday (March 5).

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Dr. Ingrid Wicker McCree

McCree will be presented with her award for the Football Championship Subdivision during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 29 at NA

CDA’s 53rd Annual Convention at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The AD of the Year Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

McCree was appointed as the Director of Athletics at NCCU in the spring of 2008.

She has held a variety of leadership positions in both conference and national organizations, most notably as president of the CIAA Executive Board from 2004-06, and as a member of the NCAA Division I Council since the fall of 2017, and the NCAA’s Division II Legislation Committee from 2003-07.

In recognition of her work, McCree received the CIAA Leadership Award for Service and was named the CIAA Senior Woman Administrator of the Year in 2006. In 2014, the Women Leaders in College Sports announced McCree as its NCAA Division I FCS Administrator of the Year Award recipient.

McCree began her career at NCCU as the head coach for women’s volleyball and softball in 1994. She became the first coach in NCCU history to win conference championships in multiple sports, capturing the school’s first-ever CIAA titles in softball (1998) and volleyball (1999, 2004, 2005). The three-time CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year (1999, 2002, 2005) was inducted into the NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004 as head coach of the 1998 softball team, and was inducted into the CIAA John B. McLendon Hall of Fame in 2016.

McCree earned her undergraduate degree in criminal justice from George Washington University in 1989, a master’s degree in recreation resources administration from North Carolina State University in 1991, and completed doctoral studies in higher education administration at N.C. State University in 2008.

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