West Virginia athletics director Shane Lyons has been named one of four winners of the 2021 Athletics Director of the Year Award, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced Wednesday.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award, and I share it with all the hard-working people who make our athletics department so special,” Lyons said in a statement. “I cannot thank my family and our university administration enough for their support. It is truly an honor to be a part of President Gee’s leadership team and to be the Director of Athletics at West Virginia University.”
Lyons has served as the chairman of the Football Oversight Committee and has been regarded as one of the most important figures in getting the 2020 college football season started and finished. He also serves on the NCAA’s Division-I Council.
Lyons is the first WVU AD to receive this award. The other winners at the FBS level this year are Matt Hogue from Coastal Carolina, Tom Holmoe from BYU and Rob Mullens of Oregon.