Harford Community College Athletic Director Ken Krsolovic was named 2011-12 Under Armour AD of the Year, it was announced Wednesday at the annual National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Convention in Dallas. Krsolovic was one of four winners from the NJCAA, claiming the honor in the Southeast geographic region.
Krsolovic earns the prestigious honor in his fifth year at Harford after taking Fighting Owl Athletics to new heights since the day he stepped on campus. He transformed the athletic department structure, adding full-time positions in facilities and sports information while creating additional positions in academic services, equipment and marketing and promotions. This season, under the guidance of Krsolovic, Harford added men's and women's cross country to the docket, bringing the total of varsity teams that compete at the NJCAA Division I level to 14.
Krsolovic had a huge helpful hand in the $28 million renovation of the Susquehanna Center and the APG Federal Credit Union Arena, the new home of Fighting Owl athletics. The new arena, which is set to open in the fall, will be the home to the Fighting Owl basketball and volleyball teams and is the largest arena in Northeast Maryland.
This season, Harford led the MD JUCO and the Region XX in academic honors, while also claiming three team conference and regional titles during that span. For the second-straight year, the Fighting Owls finished second in the MD JUCO Presidents' Cup standings. Krsolovic also instituted Harford's Athletic Director's Honor Roll, which has seen 349 student-athletes earn above a 3.0 grade-point average in the past three years, including a school-record 125 in 2011-12.
Krsolovic is also responsible for the former Thomas Run Park adult recreation program transforming into the Harford Sports Complex under the direction of the athletic department.
Krsolovic also serves as the assistant baseball coach for the 2012 MD JUCO and Region XX Champion Fighting Owls. In his five years on the staff, Harford has recorded the best season in program history in three consecutive seasons while winning a total of 155 games.
Prior to Harford, Krsolovic served as the athletic director at NCAA Division III's Lake Erie College in Ohio for four years, and he spent 17 years at St. Joseph's University, an NCAA Division I school in Philadelphia, where he worked in sports media, marketing, development, licensing and broadcasting.
All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.
NACDA Executive Director Bob Vecchione said the ADOY Award is essential because it highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities.
"Before its inception, our Honors and Awards Committee recognized a need for an award such as the AD of the Year," Vecchione, who is finishing his first year at the helm of NACDA, said in a press release. "The program brings to light the remarkable jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 29 outstanding winners epitomize that, providing us with a group of exemplary athletics directors who excel on campus and in their communities."