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Owens Community College Athletic Director Named to National Executive Committee
Owens Community College Director of Athletics, Michael Rickard, has been chosen by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) to serve a four-year term on the prestigious organization's Executive Committee. NATYCAA is the only professional organization within the United States that represents all two-year academic institutions of higher education.
The NATYCAA was founded in 1987 with the mission of dedicating itself to the continuing growth and development of intercollegiate athletics at two-year colleges through exchanging information, monitoring legislation, promoting academic excellence and enhancing communication. NATYCAA is affiliated with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
"To be selected by NATYCAA to serve on their Executive Committee is a wonderful honor and a great opportunity to collaborate with fellow members from other two-year campuses, promoting the highest standard of intercollegiate athletics," Rickard said.
The NATYCAA Executive Committee is comprised of 27 individuals, including officers, who meet bi-annually. Their responsibilities include coordinating the organization's annual convention and ruling on all issues facing the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). As a member of the committee, Rickard will oversee the states of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin in District Four.
Rickard, who joined the College in 1979, has served as Owens Director of Athletics for the past three years. Among his responsibilities include overseeing six intercollegiate athletic and the cheerleading and dance programs, as well as coordinating game schedules, granting scholarships to student-athletes and managing game staff and team travel arrangements.
His accomplishments include being awarded the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club of Maumee for his contributions in the Toledo community. He also was named the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Athletic Director of the Year for the 1995-96 and 1999-2000 academic years. From 1999-2001, Rickard served as the commissioner of the OCCAC, overseeing nine community colleges competing in seven sports.
Rickard earned his associate's degree in sports recreation from Owens Community College in 1982 and a bachelor's degree in education and recreation/sports management from the University of Toledo in 1984. He resides in Toledo.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.