Allen is KCAC AD of the Year

Rusty Allen? KCAC Athletic District of the Year for the second time in three years.Rusty Allen of Tabor College has been named the KCAC Athletic Director of the Year for 2013-14.

He was formally recognized last Tuesday at the KCAC Sport Management Conference in Sterling.

This is the second time in three years that Allen has won the award, the first coming in 2011-12.

The annual award is determined by a peer vote among the members of the KCAC Governing Council. As this year?s winner, Allen will be a candidate for the National Athletic Director of the Year as determined by the NAIA Athletic Directors Association.

Allen has presided over Tabor athletics since 2008, adding enrollment management to his title in 2011.

Allen oversees an athletics department that supports more than 400 student-athletes in 19 sports with a staff that exceeds 40 people.

?His leadership and guidance are the strength behind the recent growth and success of Tabor?s athletic programs,? said Jules Glanzer, Tabor College president. ?Rusty is dedicated to helping his teams and coaches succeed.

?He has a passion for being the best, giving attention to details, and working with people to reach their full potential.?

Over the past six years, Allen has worked in virtually every aspect of the athletic program?from the construction of a new football stadium and track and field complex and overhaul of the college?s baseball field and gymnasium.

Recently, Allen has helped develop partnerships with the city of Hillsboro and Marion public schools to better facilitate Tabor?s newest sports of bowling and swimming.

Since 2009, Allen has served as a member of the executive committee for the KCAC Governing Council in the roles of vice-chair (2009-11), chair (2011-13), and past chair (2013-present).

?His service to the KCAC has been selfless throughout, as well as thoughtful, forward-thinking, and providing a level of stability to the conference among his peers,? said Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner.

In 2013-14, Tabor athletic teams combined for more than 25 community service projects, helping the women?s basketball program to be selected as the first KCAC Team of Character.

Fourteen Bluejay teams earned NAIA Scholar-Team status. Fifty-four student-athletes were named Daktronics-NAIA scholars, and six earned spots on All-America teams.

This past year, baseball and volleyball were crowned regular-season champions. Men?s basketball, women?s basketball and baseball took conference tournament titles and advanced to NAIA national championships.

Tabor was chosen as one of nine opening-round sites for the NAIA Baseball Opening round. The team advanced to the NAIA World Series for the first time in school history, finishing fifth in the country.

Tabor football advanced to the final eight teams following a road playoff victory over Benedictine.

Eight track and field athletes qualified for both NAIA outdoor and indoor nationals in 2014, while three runners qualified for NAIA cross country nationals.

Prior to being named vice-president of athletics, Allen was the head women?s basketball coach at Tabor College for seven years, stepping down after three straight seasons advancing to the NAIA D-II Women?s Basketball Championship ?Sweet Sixteen.?

His accomplishments in that role also included two KCAC championships (2004-05, 2005-06) and KCAC Coach of the Year awards those same seasons.

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