National AD of the Year Award Presented

BOISE, Idaho - Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily hosted its third annual award gala tonight (May 20) in New York City and Boise State University Director of Athletics Gene Bleymaier was among five nominees for the Athletic Director of the Year award. 

Bleymaier did not win the award which was presented to Gene Smith, director of athletics at Ohio State University.

Bleymaier was joined by a prestigious group of athletic directors from around the country. Along with Smith from Ohio State, other nominees included Dick Baddour from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Dan Guerrero of UCLA and Mal Moore from the University of Alabama.

Bleymaier was the only nominee from a non-Bowl Championship Series conference school.

The Sports Business Awards recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the business of sports for the period from Jan. 1, 2009 through Feb. 28, 2010.

Joining the athletic department staff in 1981 as an assistant athletic director, Bleymaier became the Broncos' director of athletics in February of 1982.

Following successful league memberships in the Big Sky and Big West Conferences, Bleymaier guided the school into the Western Athletic Conference in 2001 where the Broncos continued to excel winning 26 conference championships to date. Football has been the dominate sport capturing seven league titles and two Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Championships.

Boise State has also excelled in the classroom behind Bleymaier's guidance. In December of 2009, Bronco student-athletes produced an overall GPA average of 3.02 marking the fifth straight semester the department's GPA average has been over 3.00.

In the most recent (May, 2009) NCAA report of multi-year academic performance rates, Boise State had the highest rates in the WAC for the sports of football, men's basketball, men's tennis, outdoor track and field and men's cross country - the most No. 1 rankings of any WAC school.

In 2008, Bleymaier won the Astro Turf Athletic Director of the Year award at the national athletic directors' conference in Dallas.

Bleymaier, who is currently the WAC's representative to the Bowl Championship Series, is a graduate of Borah High School in Boise, UCLA and the Loyola Law School.

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