CLEVELAND -- Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) Past President Brian Quinn, former director of athletics at Cal State Fullerton, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the DI-AAA ADA on June 3, 2013.
The award will be presented during the Division I-AAA ADA Membership Meeting at the NACDA Convention in Orlando, Florida, on Friday, June 14. It is the highest award presented by the Association.
"Our Association is proud to present Brian Quinn with the ninth annual Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award," stated Ken Kavanagh, 2012-13 Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award Committee Chair and director of athletics at Florida Gulf Coast University. "He is a well-deserved addition to the illustrious group of previous recipients, including our inaugural winner and his longtime friend and former Big West colleague Gary Cunningham. Brian just concluded his tremendous career, most significantly doing a terrific job directing his alma mater Loyola Marymount and then at Cal State Fullerton for the past 10 years. He has certainly left a lasting impact on the Lion and Titan communities, in addition to being a valued member of our I-AAA Athletic Director’s Association and all of intercollegiate athletics in general."
Quinn took over as Cal State Fullerton’s director of athletics in 2002, and served in that capacity until 2012, officially retiring in January 2013. During his tenure, the Titans captured 16 Big West championships, 24 post-season appearances and one national championship. Numerous individuals competed in the post-season, including an NCAA finalist in women’s track. Men’s basketball competed in the NCAA post-season for the first time in 30 years and won the only conference title in school history. During his tenure, $ 5.5 million was raised. Ticket sales were $4.2 million and marketing/trade was $3.0 million for a total of $12.7 million. All of this was accomplished in the worst economic time in the University’s history.
Academically the athletics program has also had a high success rate, with numerous teams scoring at 1.000 on the NCAA Academic Progress Rate. The graduation rate mirrored the student body and the grade point average for student-athletes exceeded the student body average under Quinn’s watch. Other accomplishments include the institution of a Titan Tribute Athletic Hall of Fame and an active Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Golf was restored at the University through an extensive fundraising effort. Numerous facilities improvements were made as well, including new scoreboards and locker rooms in Titan Gym, increased seating through new bleachers and a new gym floor. A new track was installed, as well as numerous improvements to the baseball/softball complex.
Quinn was named the 2006-07 Under Armour Division I Athletics Director of the Year for the West region. He also served on the NCAA baseball committee and chaired the Big West baseball committee and the NCAA West region baseball committee.
Quinn is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University and received his Master’s degree from Long Beach State, with graduate work in administration at the University of California Irvine. He has been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at both his high school and University where he was a top athlete in baseball and basketball. He also served as the Athletics Director at Loyola Marymount University from 1985-98.
Members of the Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award Committee include Division I-AAA athletics directors: Ken Kavanagh, committee chair; Ken Bothof, Wisconsin Green Bay; Peg Bradley-Doppes, Denver;Bob Driscoll, Providence;Tom Hickman, Winthrop; Bill Hogan, Seattle; Ed McLaughlin, VCU; Lynn Robinson, Mount St. Mary’s; Mike Roth, Gonzaga; and Eric Sexton, Wichita State.
About Division I-AAA ADA
Now in its 12th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership, in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 48th year. For more information on NACDA and the 13 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.