In May, Nebraska Wesleyan University’s Ira Zeff was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year for the 2010-2011 academic year.
“I want to congratulate Ira on this well-deserved honor,” GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra said. “Ira is a steady voice of reason as a member of the GPAC steering committee. He is our historian and always puts the student-athletes first in all of his decisions.”
Zeff has served as athletic director since 1998. NWU has earned the GPAC All-Sports Trophy six times since the conference’s inception in 2000 and placed second this year. NWU lead the conference with 77 NAIA-Daktronics scholar-athletes this year—11 more than second place Concordia University. Awardees must be juniors or seniors on varsity teams with GPAs at or above 3.50.
Zeff has led the Athletic Department through several facilities upgrades, including the resurfacing of Greeno Track (2011), the addition of a replay scoreboard in Abel Stadium (2009), the resurfacing of Knight Field House (2005) and the construction of the baseball team’s new home facility (2004). FieldTurf was installed on Weary Field and lights went up at Abel Stadium and Chafee Field under his guidance.