I'm sure that by now, this doesn't come as news to most of you. The news that I'm talking about is the naming of Sandy Barbour as one of four regional Under Armour Athletic Directors of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). It wasn't long ago that Bear Backers were a special, tight-knit group of diehard Cal fans who had become accustomed to losing. Very few of the programs were actually successful prior to Barbour being named as the university’s athletic director. Since becoming the head honcho of the athletics program, there have been 53 individual and team national championships won, been in the top 10 for the NACDA director's cup five times, and has been instrumental in structuring a program that nearly half of the student-athletes maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
She may not have been the one to hire some of the great coaches that she has on staff, but it's to her credit that she's added more talent to her coaching arsenal while keeping the talent that she inherited. Many have credited Jeff Tedford for the push to improve the athletic facilities, since it was he that stipulated that as a show-stopper in a previous contract. Somebody had to get the money for it, and keep Tedford around while tree huggers hijacked the construction.