Long among four athletic directors of the year

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long was named an athletic director of the year by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics.

Long was one of four Division I athletic directors recognized by the NACDA, joining Jeff Compher (Northern Illinois/East Carolina), John Currie (Kansas State) and Kevin White (Duke). The four will be formally recognized during the NACDA’s national convention in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday.

“Once again, Jeff Long has been recognized as one of the premiere leaders in intercollegiate athletics,” Arkansas chancellor David Gearhart said in a news release. “In his time at Arkansas, Jeff has transformed Razorback Athletics into a nationally respected holistic program committed to developing student-athletes to their fullest potential. With his leadership, our athletic program continues to set new standards of success on the fields of competition and in the classroom.

“Congratulations to Jeff on this prestigious award. I am proud of his many accomplishments and look forward to his continued contributions as a key member of our university’s leadership team.”

Arkansas teams combined to win four Southeastern Conference championships in the 2012-13 academic year. Sixteen programs also advanced to postseason play during the year with men’s indoor track and field winning the NCAA championship.

Arkansas also announced its athletes posted a program-best 3.09 cumulative grade point average and logged more than 6,500 hours of community service.

Long was honored for his work for the second straight year. He also was a finalist for the SportsBusiness Journal Athletic Director of the Year in 2012.