FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was named an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year on Monday.
Long was one of four Division I athletic directors honored by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), joining Jeff Compher (Northern Illinois/East Carolina), John Currie (Kansas State) and Kevin White (Duke). They will be formally recognized during the NACDA's national convention in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.
“Once again, Jeff Long has been recognized as one of the premiere leaders in intercollegiate athletics,” Arkansas chancellor David Gearhart said in a news release. “In his time at Arkansas, Jeff has transformed Razorback Athletics into a nationally respected holistic program committed to developing student-athletes to their fullest potential. With his leadership, our athletic program continues to set new standards of success on the fields of competition and in the classroom. Congratulations to Jeff on this prestigious award. I am proud of his many accomplishments and look forward to his continued contributions as a key member of our university’s leadership team.”
It's the second straight year Long was honored for his work at Arkansas.
He was a finalist for the SportsBusiness Journal Athletic Director of the Year in 2012.
— Robbie Neiswanger • Arkansas News Bureau