Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

June 24, 2013

Wayland Baptist's Feris tabbed NAIA Athletic Director of the Year

ORLANDO — For the third time in his career, Dr. Greg Feris of Wayland Baptist University has been named Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year.

Feris, who has served as athletics director at WBU for the last 23 years, received the for 2012-13 award during the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics' (NACDA) 48th annual convention held recently at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla. Feris was chosen to represent the 28 national winners (four from each of seven divisions) by presenting an acceptance speech at an awards luncheon, and he called the day "a celebration for those of us fortunate enough to be recognized by our peers, by NACDA and by Under Armour.

"(Represented are) 28 individuals from schools which are vastly different in our approach to intercollegiate sport, but very much the same in our desire to have programs that are competitive, respected and administered with integrity," Feris said. "Although our university and college populations vary from a high of more than 26,000 students to some with less than 1,000, we are all passionate about what we do."

Feris, who was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and into the Wayland Baptist Athletics Hall of Honor in 2009, went on to thank the recipients' campus athletic staffs and school administrative officials as well as the honorees' families and peers.

"This recognition is a shared honor with our entire athletic staff and student athletes," he said. "My name may be on the award, but it represents the day-to-day effort and success of everyone associated with the Wayland community.

"To be recognized in this way by our colleagues is a very special honor," he added. "Thank you for believing in us and what we do."

Feris has been the director of athletics and a professor of exercise and sport science at Wayland since 1990, presently directing 13 head coaches, 27 assistant coaches and eight full-time athletics staff. He also has had supervision and oversight of significant budget increases with the development of additional programs, personnel and facilities, adding 13 sports (football, baseball, volleyball, men's and women's wrestling, swimming and diving, golf, soccer, and cheer and dance) and increasing the number of student-athletes by approximately 500 percent.

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0292web.jpg ‘All-State Sluggers’

    When Claremore’s Matt Whatley takes his place behind the plate tonight in the Oklahoma Coaches Association Large School East-West All-State baseball game, the former Zebra catcher will be right at home.
    Whatley, who started four years as the catcher for the Zebras, finds his final high school baseball game taking place in his future college ballpark.
    Last November, Whatley and his long-time friend, Bryce Howe, signed NCAA Division I baseball scholarships to play for the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles.
    Tonight, those dreams come true for Whatley and Jenks outfielder Cadon Owens, who will be joining his former Bearcats teammate on the East squad. Also, Verdigris' Ryan Skalnik will start at third base for the Large East All-State team.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • GOLF: OSU's Jelly wins Oklahoma State Amateur

    Oklahoma State's Brendon Jelley captured the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship on Wednesday with a 1-up victory over Preston Crawford at The Patriot Golf Club.

    July 29, 2014

  • OSU wrestling to host Alumni Reunion

    Oklahoma State wrestling will host an alumni reunion for former Cowboy wrestlers, trainers and managers on Sept. 19-20 in Stillwater.

    July 29, 2014

  • OU's Mixon claims self defense

    The attorney for Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon says the incident that left a 20-year-old female OU student with multiple facial fractures was a case of self-defense.

    July 29, 2014

  • Sooners' secondary gets ready for changes

    There’s a reason Oklahoma is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and a front-runner to get a spot in the first College Football Playoff.

    The experience – especially on defense – is the leading cause.

    July 29, 2014

  • SOFTBALL: Adair aiming high in 2014

    Adair's Lady Warriors have never shied away from the spotlight.

    Head coach Chell Looney's team will have plenty of chances to earn respect and a shot at the program's third straight regional tournament appearance.

    July 29, 2014

  • Cat Conti earns her stripes as football official

    Cat Conti never played sports, let alone had any interest in them, when she was growing up in Southern California. She wanted to be a Hollywood star.

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald: Union push unified Northwestern

    No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats.

    For that, he credits the push for them to unionize.

    July 29, 2014

  • NFL: Make or break season for Rams QB Bradford

    It's become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford.

    Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he's supposedly at a career crossroads.

    July 29, 2014