GENE BLEYMAIER WINS REGIONAL ATHLETICS DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD AT NATIONAL MEETING

                BOISE, Idaho Gene Bleymaier, director of athletics at Boise State University, will be honored on Tuesday (June 10) at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) 43rd annual convention when he is named the 2007-08 AstroTurf Athletics Director of the Year “Football Bowl Subdivision West” Region winner.

In his 27th year guiding the Bronco athletic department, Bleymaier will receive the honor during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. 

Bleymaier joined Boise State’s Athletic Department in 1981 and became the Broncos’ director of athletics in February of 1982, winning a total of 86 league championships over nearly three decades.

“In this day of athletic directors and coaches moving around to improve their own personal position and oftentimes leaving programs in the lurch, it is reassuring there are still a few athletic directors who have their priorities straight and dedicate their lives and careers to building an outstanding athletic program way beyond the norm of a mid-major team or conference,” stated Boise State President Dr. Bob Kustra.

Since joining the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) at the start of the 2001-02 athletic season, Boise State has won 18 league titles.  Among those conference crowns were five straight football championships from 2002 to 2006.  

Under Bleymaier’s guidance, Boise State’s football program has grown spectacularly and gained nationwide notice since it joined the NCAA Division I-A ranks in 1996.  In less than a decade as a D-I program, Boise State football has put itself on the national map with winning records, league championships, national rankings and bowl victories in front of a national audience. Among the nation’s Division I-A football programs, Boise State has the best overall record in the last 10 years (102-24, 80.9 percent), the best winning percentage in the 2000s (86-16, 84.3), and on January 1, 2007 reached its pinnacle when the Broncos upset the University of Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, 43-42 in overtime.

                Prior to joining the WAC, Boise State won 15 team titles while a member of the Big West Conference from 1996-2001 and 33 overall league championships in the Big Sky Conference from 1982-1995.  The Broncos have also captured four Pac-10 Conference wrestling championships, and two Western Gymnastics Conference titles. 

                Boise State has also won 13 Big Sky all-sports championships and one Commissioner’s Cup crown as a member of the Big West during Bleymaier’s tenure.

                Behind Bleymaier’s guidance, Boise State student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom. As of January 2008, 99 student-athletes were named to conference all-academic teams during the 2007-08 school year. Following the fall 2007 semester, Bronco student-athletes set an all-time record for the highest average semester cumulative grade-point-average at 3.0. A record 60 percent of all student-athletes earned a 3.0 or better GPA last year. The Broncos led the WAC in Academic Progress Rates (APR) in the sports of football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s tennis and women’s soccer. Moreover, the athletic program’s overall APR has improved every year.

While Boise State has enjoyed unprecedented success on the playing fields and courts and in the classroom, it has also drastically improved its facilities under Bleymaier’s direction. The most recent capital project is the $36 million Stueckle Sky Club, the new press box/sky club addition that opens this year. The Stueckle Sky Club includes a state-of-the-art press box, suites, loge boxes and club seats.

Bleymaier currently is the WAC’s representative to the Bowl Championship Series and serves on the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame’s Honors Court. In 1997 Bleymaier led the effort to create the Humanitarian Bowl now called the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl and he continues to serve on the board of directors for the annual postseason football game. He served a four-year term as the WAC representative on the NCAA Division I Management Council and is also past president and vice president of the NCAA I-AA Athletic Directors’ Association. He is also a member of the Boise-based World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame board of directors.

                Bleymaier served as an assistant athletic director at UCLA prior to coming to Boise State. A member of the California Bar Association and a graduate of the Loyola Law School, Bleymaier received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA. Bleymaier lettered in football and was named to the All-Pac 8 Conference third team as a tight end for the Bruins. He was the recipient of the UCLA Outstanding Senior Award and was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Bleymaier graduated from Borah High School in Boise. Bleymaier and his wife, Danell, have four children Maribeth, Joe, Claire and Tom.

 

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