NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Philadelphia University Director of Athletics Tom Shirley was selected as the 2015-16 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Athletic Director of the Year at the conference's June Directors Council meeting on June 3. It is the second straight year that Shirley has earned the award that is voted on by the conference's 14 ADs.
The CACC Athletic Director of the Year Award is part of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award program, which is run in conjunction with the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA). The Under Armour AD of the Year Award program was created to honor intercollegiate directors of athletics for their commitment and administrative excellence within a campus and/or college community environment. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior/Community Colleges) and annually honors 28 athletics directors (four from each division). AD of the Year Award recipients will receive their awards at the annual NACDA Convention, which will be held from June 9-17 in Dallas, Texas.
During the 2015-16 academic year, Philadelphia University won a conference-high four CACC titles: women's soccer, women's cross country, women's basketball, and women's lacrosse. The four championships propelled the Philadelphia women to their third straight Alfred R. Restaino Cup. On the men's side, men's basketball and baseball reached the final of their CACC Tournament to help the men come in fourth in the Restaino Cup standings.
Philadelphia also led the conference with four student-athletes taking home the CACC Player of the Year award: Bria Young (women's basketball), Peter Alexis (men's basketball), Liz Mower (women's lacrosse), and Fernando Garza (baseball).
In the classroom, Philadelphia had 56 student-athletes named to a CACC All-Academic Team (23 fall, 8 winter, 25 spring), which ranked second in the conference, for earning a GPA of 3.50 or better. Five Philadelphia University student-athletes took home the CACC Top XV for having the highest cumulative grade-point average at the finals site for each of the CACC championships: Angela Ferro (women's soccer), Michele Chai (women's volleyball), Mike Louden (men's basketball), Kelsey Jones (women's basketball), and Nick Nguyen (men's golf). Alexis was named to the CoSIDA All-America Men's Basketball first team.
Earlier this year, the Philadelphia University added women's golf as its 17th NCAA Division II program, which will begin play this fall.