A Page -- June 24, 2011

Alexander Luchowski (L) and Brillhardt





DIRECTOR (6/23/11) 

WESTLAKE  -- Keri Alexander Luchowski has been named executive director of the North Coast Athletic Conference, it was announced today by NCAC PresidentThomas V. Chema. 

"We at the North Coast Athletic Conference are extremely pleased that Keri will continue to work with us and provide our student-athletes with the first-class support that has been the hallmark of the NCAC. Her professionalism and leadership will be a great asset to us as our conference continues to develop and grow," said Chema, president of Hiram College.

Alexander Luchowski fully steps into the executive director role after serving as the acting director of the conference for the past two years. She enters her 13th year with the NCAC, having also filled assistant and associate executive director positions since she joined the league for the 1999-00 academic year.

Named acting executive director in July 2009, Alexander Luchowski assumed all administrative roles within the conference office as well as administration of the Intercollegiate Officiating Association (IOA). She also played an instrumental role in the conference’s most recent transition, ushering DePauw University (IN) into the conference as an official member in the fall of 2011. 

A 1992 graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, she served three years as the communications coordinator of the National Professional Soccer League, now named the Major Indoor Soccer League, before joining the NCAC.

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It was also announced today that Bret Billhardt has been named assistant executive director of the NCAC. Billhardt will assist with championship administration and media relations, as well as a wide range of conference administrative duties. 

"Bret brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to our operation, and we look forward to him joining our staff in a more prominent role," said Alexander Luchowski. 

Billhardt moves into the assistant director role after serving as the assistant to the executive director in 2010-11. Prior to the NCAC, he spent two years as assistant sports information director at Washington & Jefferson College, where he compiled statistics, designed publications, updated the Presidents' website and was a media contact for the school’s 26 varsity sports. He also served as W&J's NCAA representative during five different teams' national tournament appearances. A 2008 graduate of Otterbein University, Billhardt worked three years as a student assistant in the Cardinals' Sports Information Office. 
The late Dennis Collins, the NCAC's only Exec. Dir. until now

The NCAC will continue to look for opportunities to restructure its governance throughout the coming year.

Founded in 1983, the North Coast Athletic Conference consists of 10 academically selective colleges and universities - Allegheny College, Denison University, DePauw University, Hiram College, Kenyon College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College, Wittenberg University and the College of Wooster along with affiliate member Earlham College (field hockey). The NCAC sponsors 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

Ohio Wesleyan's Kyle Herman, a Stow 

Native, Wins 2011 NCAC Don Hunsinger 

Award; Shaker's Jeremy Polster among 

top five considered 

WESTLAKE -- Recent Ohio Wesleyan University graduate Kyle Herman (Stow, OH/Stow-Munroe Falls) has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 North Coast Athletic Conference Don Hunsinger Award.

Herman, who was a four-year member of the Battling Bishops' cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field teams, served as team captain of the indoor and outdoor track & field squads in his senior campaign. 
A three-time North Coast Athletic Conference champion, and five-time All-NCAC performer, he was a member of the top indoor distance medley relay teams in 2008 and 2011, and was also a key contributor to the winning outdoor 4x800-meter relay squad in 2011. In addition, Herman helped guide OWU to six NCAC team titles throughout his career: Indoor Track & Field (2008-10) and Outdoor Track & Field (2008-10).

In the classroom, he posted a 3.90 grade-point average as an international studies and politics and government major, with minors in economics and philosophy. Selected to Phi Beta Kappa, Herman also earned the Dr. Richard Gordin Award as the top male senior scholar-athlete on campus. Among his numerous university awards are those for academic excellence in economics, international studies, philosophy and political science.

 He also devoted a great deal of his time to travel research projects in Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina and China. One of Herman's highest service achievements on campus was serving as the President of the student body his senior year. 

Herman is an active community volunteer, having contributed to Habitat for Humanity, the Washington D.C. Homeless Shelter, the KULT Youth Center in Ilidza, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Buckeye Valley Reads program.

He has accepted a teaching position in Beirut, where he will teach history along with leading youth groups and coaching track & field.

Herman was one of five outstanding nominees considered by the selection committee. The candidates were:

Jeremy Block, Football, Wittenberg University
Dan Crawford, Football, Denison University
Jeremy Polster, Tennis, Kenyon College
Matthew Pullara, Lacrosse, The College of Wooster

This award commemorates former Oberlin administrator and coach Don Hunsinger, who had a far-reaching influence on the athletes he coached in a wide variety of sports. Over more than three decades, Hunsinger served Oberlin as athletic director, chairman of the department of physical education, had stints as head coach for Yeoman football, baseball, and men’s and women’s tennis, and assisted with the men’s and women’s basketball programs. 

Four times he earned NCAC Coach of the Year recognition, twice in men’s tennis and twice in women’s. Hunsinger, who retired from the College in 2008, continues to serve the conference as Director of Tennis and assists in the administration of the conference’s swimming & diving championship.

The award recognizes one male senior student-athlete who has distinguished himself throughout his collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Each conference institution can nominate a distinguished male student-athlete for the honor. A committee of North Coast Athletic Conference administrators, in conjunction with the conference office, makes the selection.