The Commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), Phil Buttafuoco, recently announced that William Smith College Director of Athletics Susan Bassett, has been named the 2004 ECAC Jostens Female Administrator of the Year. She will accept the award at the ECAC Fall Convention Honors Dinner presented by Jostens on Sept. 26, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Cape Cod.
The ECAC Jostens Male and Female Administrators of the Year awards are presented annually to administrators from ECAC member schools in recognition of outstanding or meritorious service to the ECAC. The award is given in conjunction with Jostens, an official supplier of trophies and awards to the ECAC.
Bassett became the William Smith director of athletics in July of 1995. Under her direction, the Herons have soared to unparalleled success.
The Heron Hall of Honor was inaugurated in October of 1997 with the induction of the Charter Class. Also under Bassett's guidance, the Heron Society membership giving has more than tripled since 1995.
A national powerhouse before her arrival, William Smith has continued its championship tradition during Bassett's tenure. The Herons have won two national championships since 1995 (Field Hockey 1997, 2000) and three ECAC Championships (Field Hockey 1999, Lacrosse 2001, Soccer 2003), as well as dozens of conference championships. In 2000, William Smith was recognized as one of the top athletic programs in the nation by Sports Illustrated for Women.
During her tenure, Bassett has played a major role to the improvement of Hobart and William Smith's athletics facilities. She led the way for the renovation of Winn-Seeley Gym and had a major part in the development of Cozzens Field, Bozzuto Boathouse, McCooey Field, the Smith Squash Center, as well as upgrades to locker rooms, the HWS Tennis Center, and the Hellstrom Boathouse.
She recently completed her term this past spring as chair of the NCAA Division III Management Council. A member of the Management Council since 1999, Bassett oversaw the development and passage of a wide sweeping reform package that was adopted during the 2004 NCAA Convention.
In October of 2003, Bassett was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.
Bassett enjoyed an extraordinary coaching career before moving into the director's chair. Coincidentally, her coaching career also began at William Smith, where she coached 22 All-Americans, including one National Champion, with the Heron's swimming and diving team.
Earlier this year, Bassett was presented with the Jean Giambrone Service Award for exemplary lifetime commitment to local women's sports at the WHAM Sportswomen of the Year Awards Luncheon.
A 1979 graduate of Ithaca College, she received a master's degree in physical education from Indiana University in 1980.
The ECAC provides services to its constituents that include: administration of 113 championships and events in 35 men's and women's sports; assigning officials in 15 sports; coordinating awards; administration of affiliate organizations, conventions, meetings, marketing, officiating, playing leagues, public relations and special events. The ECAC serves as the primary conference for selected members in the sports of men's and women's ice hockey, men's lacrosse, men's gymnastics, wrestling, fencing and rowing.