CLEVELAND (NDSU Athletics) -- The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced North Dakota State’s Matt Larsen as one of four recipients of the Under Armour AD of the Year award in the Football Championship Subdivision on Wednesday, March 6.
The AD of the Year Award highlights the efforts of 28 athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities. Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, June 11, at NACDA's 54th annual convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando.
Larsen, in his fifth year at North Dakota State, oversees a 16-sport program that has won the past two Summit League Commissioner’s Cup trophies in addition to back-to-back NCAA Division I football national championships.
The Bison won eight conference titles during the 2017-18 academic year and have captured league championships this season in football and women’s indoor track and field.
On the facilities front, NDSU recently completed an indoor golf short-game facility in the Sanford Health Athletic Complex and a two-year, $2 million softball stadium renovation to create what is now Tharaldson Park. NDSU is currently fundraising for a new indoor football practice facility.
Since coming to NDSU in October 2014 from Stony Brook University in New York, Larsen has grown the NDSU athletic department budget from $18 million to more than $23 million with increased spending in student-athlete facilities and scholarships and new revenues through multimedia rights, corporate partnerships and annual giving.
Larsen committed NDSU to fully funding all 16 sports with scholarship increases in men’s track and field, men’s golf and baseball to the NCAA maximums, offering full cost of attendance to student-athletes on scholarship in all sports, and increased summer school support.
NDSU’s scholarships are supported by the NDSU Athletic Fund, which has seen the Team Makers Club grow to more than 4,300 members and $5.3 million dollars of annual support. Additionally, the Bison Pride Fund was established to help cover the full cost of attendance with private dollars.