Planek Named Among 2017-18 Athletics Directors of the Year

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Dr. John Planek Named Among 2017-18 NACDA Under Armour Athletics Directors of the Year

Published: March 5, 2018.

Lewis University Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek was named Monday morning among 2017-18 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour Athletics Directors of the Year (ADOY).

The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges), with four honorees in each for a total of 28 winners. All 28 will be recognized during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 29 at NACDA's 53rd Annual Convention at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

"We at Lewis congratulate Dr. Planek on this very prestigious award and feel he is most deserving of this honor," Senior Vice President for Student Services Joe Falese said. "John has lead our Athletic Department through unprecedented success in recent years and this success has been a source of tremendous pride within our university community. Under John's leadership, our student athletes have enjoyed remarkable success in the classroom, on the playing field and in the local community."

Dr. Planek is in is his sixth year as the Director of Athletics at Lewis. In his time the Flyers have had tremendous success in many sports, highlighted by men's volleyball's runner-up finish in the 2015 NCAA Division I tournament.

In the classroom Lewis has a 92 percent academic success rate in 2017 and a cumulative GPA of 3.32 in 2016-17. There have been 25 Academic All-Americans and 13 teams received Academic All-GLVC awards in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

During his stint, three teams have been ranked No. 1 in the nation: men's volleyball in 2015, women's basketball in 2015 and women's volleyball in 2017. It was the first time in program history that the women's basketball and women's volleyball team were ranked No. 1. In 2015 the women's basketball team advanced to the Elite Eight, while the women's volleyball team finished in the top four in the country in 2016.

The past three school years have seen the Lewis Athletic Department earn two top 10 finishes in the NCAA Division II Learfield Directors' Cup. The Flyers finished fourth in 2015, followed by a sixth-place showing in 2016. The fourth-place finish was the highest in school history and the back-to-back top 10 finishes is the best two year stretch in school history.

The Flyers have finished in second place in the GLVC All-Sports trophy standings each year Planek has been at Lewis. In 2012-13, Lewis won the GLVC Commissioners Cup.
There have been 54 teams in all who have advanced to the NCAA championships during Planek's tenure, while 17 teams have won GLVC championships.

The ADOY Award highlights the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to student-athletes, campuses and their surrounding communities.

"This is the 20th year for the Athletics Director of the Year Program, and each year that goes by, we are continually blown away by the standard of success that these award winners maintain across all levels of college athletics," said Bob Vecchione, NACDA Executive Director. "Over the last two decades, we have been fortunate to recognize more than 425 individuals for the impressive work they do and the examples they set for everyone in our industry."

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