FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh has been selected to represent the Atlantic Sun Conference on the NCAA’s Championships/Sport Management Cabinet, one of six Division I cabinets that reports to the Leadership Council and Legislative Council.
The cabinet consists of 31 members with conference representation and weighted votes. It also has a non-voting member from the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
“Ken has a passion for providing the very best for our student-athletes, and he will be a tremendous delegate for the Atlantic Sun on the NCAA Championships/Sports Management Cabinet,” said A-Sun Commissioner Ted Gumbart. “We know he will serve with distinction and we feel very fortunate to have someone with Ken’s experience and proven track record of national committee service to represent the A-Sun and our outstanding student-athletes at the NCAA level.”
Kavanagh’s work with the Championships/Sport Management Cabinet won’t be his first with the NCAA, as he served a four-year term on the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Committee, a panel that he chaired in 2007. Also one of the founding members of the Division I-AAA Athletic Directors Association, Kavanagh served as the 1st Vice President in 2010-11.
Under Kavanagh’s watch the last two years, the Eagles won four Atlantic Sun regular season titles and a pair of Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) crowns. The 2010-11 season was the most successful athletic campaign for FGCU under Kavanagh, as both the men’s and women’s soccer teams won A-Sun Championships in the fall, while the women’s basketball program followed with a A-Sun title and the women’s swimming and diving team brought home its third consecutive CCSA championship in the winter.
FGCU student-athletes have also excelled in the classroom, as the 240 student-athletes achieved a record 3.17 cumulative GPA in 2009-10, led by 10 teams with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. This year, 12 teams finished with a 3.0 GPA or higher, as the entire student-athlete body combined for a 3.15 GPA.