by Jim Streeter, Published April 24, 2009
YPSILANTI —Dr. Derrick Gragg, Eastern Michigan University director of intercollegiate athletics, has been named Administrator of the Year for 2008-09 by the
Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA).
Gragg will be honored at the BCA National Convention and Expo Awards Banquet Friday, May 29 at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis, Ind. The event is open to the public. Registration and information is located at www.bcasports.org.
"I am honored and quite humbled by this recognition from the BCA membership. I want to personally thank Eastern Michigan University president, Dr. Susan Martin, and the members of the EMU Board of Regents for supporting me and the Department of Athletics during my three-year tenure as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics,” said Gragg. “This is certainly a testament to Eastern Michigan University and its commitment as an institution of opportunity."
Also honored by the BCA this year are: Michael London, the head football coach at the University of Richmond, as Male Coach of the Year; Beverly Kearney, head women's track and field coach at the University of Texas, as Female Coach of the Year; and Kathy Richey-Walton, high school coach at Southwest (Ga.) High School and board member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, as the BCA High School Coach of the Year.
“Each of the awardees exemplifies the values and mission of the BCA. Our honorees are not just successful professionals, but they are also outstanding people”, said Floyd Keith, BCA Executive Director.
Recipients were nominated and selected by the BCA based on team success during the most recent season, team improvement from the previous season, fulfillment of team potential and professional manner and attitude.
Gragg, EMU athletics director since Feb. 21, 2006, has turned in back-to-back successes in the first two years under his leadership. In 2007-2008, Gragg’s second as athletics director, EMU followed up with a record-breaking eight Mid-American Conference championships in 2006-2007 with four league regular-season titles and one MAC Tournament crown. The Eagles also secured the Reese Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top overall men’s athletics program in the league.
The Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt non-profit organization whose primary purpose is to foster the growth and development of ethnic minorities at all levels of sports both nationally and internationally. The BCA is committed to creating a positive enlightened environment where issues can be examined closely, debated sincerely and resolved honestly. The BCA's focus involves the concerns of its colleagues in professional sports, NCAA (Division I, II, and III), NAIA (Division I and II), junior college and high school levels.