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Bill Chaves honored with athletic director of the year award


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EWU athletics director Bill Chaves has overseen numerous facility improvements in his six years at the school.

Eastern Washington University athletics director Bill Chaves has been honored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) as one of 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award announced on Monday (June 10). Chaves, 47, is concluding his sixth year at the helm of the EWU Athletic Department.

Chaves will receive his award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon Saturday, June 15 at NACDA's 48th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.

"This is a tremendous honor for the work that has been done by our student-athletes, coaches and staff,”Chaves said. “We also would not have success without the support of the Eastern board of trustees, President Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo and the entire Eastern community.”

Chaves has brought stability, progressive leadership and innovation to Eastern since his arrival in 2007.  His tenure has been punctuated by the installation of the first red synthetic football surface world-wide in 2010. After garnering tremendous attention for EWU with this installation, the football team promptly went undefeated (8-0) on the turf en route to the program’s first-ever FCS national title.

Chaves has also overseen several recently-completed projects, including new seating at Reese Court, a $1.5 million locker room update project, and video board installation at both Roos Field and Reese Court.

Eastern’s football program is just one of five schools nationally who has made the FCS Playoffs six of the past nine years. The school’s women’s basketball program has made two national post-season appearances twice in the past four years.

Currently, all of EWU’s athletic programs have team grade point averages of 3.0 or greater, and all of its teams have a NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 930 or better.

Away from the classroom and playing fields, Chaves initiated a partnership with Special Olympics-Washington, where all of its athletic programs assist with several initiatives each academic year. 

Chaves has been married to his wife, Liz, for 18 years and has three children; Erin (13), Derek (10) and Kevin (8).


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