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GGC AD Named A.I.I. Athletics Director of the Year

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Dr. Darin S. Wilson of Georgia Gwinnett College is the recipient of the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Athletics Director of the Year, earning the distinction for the 2013-14 academic year.

Wilson is completing his third year as athletics director for Georgia Gwinnett where he serves as the supervisor of a staff of seven administrators and 14 coaches.

The former NAIA AD of the Year has seen the GGC program grow from the ground up as he developed and implemented athletics operational and scholarship budgets from scratch. He planned and oversaw the implementation of a new $13.5 million athletics facility that included new baseball, softball and soccer complexes. Also, a 25,000 square foot administration building with weight room, locker rooms, academic resource center, coaches and administrative offices, and two entertainment suites overlooking the baseball and softball fields.

And the progress did not stop there.

Wilson also oversaw the purchase and renovation of a $1.5 million tennis facility that includes 16 courts, locker rooms, a team lounge area and weight room.

Those moves have all paid dividends for the GGC athletic program as the Grizzlies captured the men”s and women”s NAIA Tennis Championships this past year, while the women”s soccer team posted a 14-4-1 record and earned its first NAIA Top 25 ranking and NAIA postseason berth. The GGC men”s soccer team won the AII Championship and made its first appearance in the NAIA Men”s Soccer National championships, while the baseball team hosted their first NAIA opening-round tournament and earned a berth to the NAIA World Series en route to a 53-13 record. The softball team took home the NAIA”s Champions of Character team award and posted a 39-10-1 record.

He currently serves on the NAC, is vice-chair of the statistics and awards sub-committee, serves on the Executive Committee of the AII, and has been selected to serve on the NAIA ad-hoc ADA advisory board. He was named the AAC AD of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2011, the Region XII AD of the Year in 2011, the Southeast Region Under Armor AD of the year in 2009-2010 and NAIA AD of the Year in 2010-2011.

Along with his involvement in the GGC athletic department, he has helped oversee various community activities including Relay for Life, working with Dream House Atlanta, serving elementary schools in both reading/mentoring and playing sports. He”s helped run multiple GGC student-life events on campus and volunteers for the Rock N” Ribville event in downtown Lawrenceville, multiple Special Olympics events and performance maintenance at local high school fields.