March 8, 2017
Tallahassee, Fla. — Rob Chaney, athletic director at Tallahassee Community College, has been chosen as a Junior/Community College Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Chaney, who is in his eighth year as TCC’s athletic director, shared the honor with others in the TCC Athletics Department.
“This is more than a recognition for me. It belongs to the coaches and the student-athletes. I have the day-to-day responsibility, but we all work together to serve the students. Anything we accomplish on the field, in the classroom, at the institution, I count those as victories for our department.”
Chaney is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America and the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators, where he serves as chair of the Communications Committee. He is also a member of the executive board of the Florida College System Activities Association's Council for Athletic Affairs and chair of the Panhandle Conference.
The NACDA award was created to honor athletics directors who have done an outstanding job in the eyes of their peers. Chaney was nominated by Matthew Ennis, athletic director at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota.
“Rob's efforts and leadership in the area of sports information have made significant advancements for Region 8,” said Ennis, referring to Region 8 of National Junior College Athletic Association. “He has embraced national leadership through the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators and at a region level serving as the women’s basketball chair for the Florida College System Activities Association. Furthermore, Rob’s leadership has been instrumental in the success of TCC’s athletic programs and its recent expansion of its sports offerings.”
Tallahassee Community College offers five sports: baseball, softball, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s cross country. The latter began in the fall of 2016 and was the first new program to be added to TCC’s line up in more than 20 years. All four of the other sports have thrived under Chaney’s leadership and are currently enjoying promising seasons.
“Rob does an outstanding job with the athletics program at Tallahassee Community College,” said Stan Wilcox, Florida State University’s director of athletics. “He faces some unique challenges in Tallahassee but has managed to turn most of those into opportunities, which has been a key to his success at TCC. He runs his program as well as any I have seen on the community college level.”