Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski received the 2011 CSPN Executive of the Year Award Monday.
May 10, 2011
CINCINNATI - Xavier University Associate Vice President and Athletic Director Mike Bobinski received the 2011 Executive of the Year award Monday at the Fifth Annual Cincinnati Sports Professional Network Sports hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation.
The annual award is given out to the top sports executive in the greater Cincinnati area and recognizes the accomplishments this individual has made to their respective institution.
Bobinski is in his 11th year as the athletic director for Xavier and has been a part of many XU successes. Under Bobinski's tutelage in 2010, 83 Xavier student-athletes were named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fall semester. XU's Graduation Success Rate (GSR), the metric used by the NCAA to track the academic success of its student-athletes, was a 94 percent. Furthermore, nine current Xavier teams posted GSR scores of 100 percent: women's basketball, men's cross country, men's track and field, women's cross country, women's track and field, women's golf, women's soccer, women's swimming and women's tennis.
During the past year, Bobinski ushered in a new regime of coaches for the fall Olympic sports programs that saw instant success. The women's volleyball team finished second in the Atlantic 10 and posted a 20-win season. Women's soccer won the most games since 2006 and the men's soccer team posted the greatest turnaround in the country, while winning the A-10 Tournament Championship en route to the program's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
The men's and women's basketball programs continued to produce results. The women's team won its their third-straight regular season conference championship and second-consecutive conference tournament championship. The team also reached its highest ranking ever at fourth in the AP Poll. Two women's basketball players, Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips, were named AP All-Americans and were drafted fourth and eighth, respectively, in the WNBA Draft.
The men's basketball team won its fifth-straight Atlantic 10 regular season crown and made its 10th trip in the last 11 years to the NCAA Tournament. Junior guard Tu Holloway was named AP Third Team All-American and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. Head coach Chris Mack garnered the A-10 Coach of the Year Award in his second year at the helm.
Last year's recipient of the award was University of Cincinnati Athletic Director Mike Thomas. Other recipients of the award include former Xavier men's basketball head coach Sean Miller, Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, and Wayne Krivsky of the Cincinnati Reds.
About the Cincinnati Sports Professional Network
The Cincinnati Sports Professionals Network (CSPN) was created in 2006 and serves as a networking organization for area sports professionals by offering regularly scheduled programs and an annual awards ceremony for the sports business community. CSPN also partners with the local universities that provide a sports management program to award a worthy student studying in the field an annual scholarship. CSPN is a program of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation, the region's sole non-profit sports commission celebrating their 22nd anniversary.