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NECC’s Dan Blair Named Athletics Director of the Year

Submitted by on March 16, 2022 – 7:32 pm

Haverhill, MA (March 15, 2022) – Northern Essex Community College Athletic Director Dan Blair is one of the recipients of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Cushman & Wakefield Athletic Director of the Year (ADOY) Award.

Dan stands smiling looking at camera with his hands on his hips

NECC’s Dan Blair named Athletics Director of the Year

The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). It highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

“I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished and how successfully we managed the program over the last 24 months through the pandemic,” says Blair. “The award is really for the entire college community, it wouldn’t be possible to accomplish what we have without the support from the administration and all of the students, coaches, faculty and staff.”

Blair, a lifelong Newburyport resident, took the helm of NECC’s athletics program in the fall of 2017. Since then, he’s added five new varsity teams, most recently women’s golf. A few other accomplishments in the past five years: the women’s volleyball team captured two consecutive Region XXI Championships, the baseball team won the District F Championship and advanced to the College World Series, and cross-country runners and golfers have competed at the national level. The men’s basketball team just wrapped up a memorable season as well. They went on a 14-game winning streak and played in the NJCAA Region 21/East District Championship Game for the first time since 2009.

The ADOY Award program is in its 24th year and has recognized a total of 535 athletics directors to date nationwide.  Winners will be recognized at a national convention in Las Vegas in June.

Northern Essex Community College competes as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports. For more information on Northern Essex Community College Athletics please visit the official NECC Knights website.