(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Brett Simpson has been named to the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Simpson will represent the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) for a three-year term starting at the group’s June meeting in Orlando.
Consisting of three dozen members representing all NAIA conferences and 250 institutions in the NAIA, the NAC helps shape the policies at the highest level of the association by governing rules and ratings, championships, awards and statistics, and experience and enhancement. A minimum of 10 athletic directors and 10 conference commissioners serve on the NAC.
“The Southern States Athletic Conference is very pleased to have Brett Simpson to serve the conference as its representative on the National Administrative Council (NAC). I nominated Brett because of his strong administrative skills and overall depth of knowledge of sport and especially how the NAIA governs its members and develops its policies. He will be a tremendous asset to this group of AD’s and Conference Commissioners,” said SSAC Commissioner Mike Hall.
Simpson was named Athletic Director on August 1, 2014 and inherited a department that boasted 14 sports and 147 student athletes. With the recent addition of men’s and women’s swimming and competitive cheer and dance in 2016-17, the Wolf Pack grew to 18 intercollegiate sports and over 200 student athletes.
“I’m honored that the Southern States Athletic Conference leadership selected me to be a part of the National Administrative Council. I look forward to representing the member institutions, student-athletes, and coaches of the SSAC on important issues facing the NAIA today,” said Simpson.
The 2016-17 campaign has been a successful one for the Wolf Pack. Highlights occurred on the hardwood with the men’s basketball team earning its first appearance in the NAIA Division I National Tournament in 71 years, and the women’s team qualifying for the National Championship for the fourth consecutive season. A Loyola record five teams have received votes in NAIA National polls (women’s basketball, men’s basketball, men’s tennis, women’s swimming, and women’s golf). Numerous cross country, track and field, and swimming student-athletes qualified for the NAIA Nationals this season.
After finishing the 2015-16 season 172nd, the Wolf Pack currently sits in 72nd place in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup Trophy, a program that honors institutions for maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports both men’s and women’s.
Simpson also oversees the University Sports Complex which continues to be renovated. Upgrades to the facility’s bleachers, game court, weight room, offices, and meeting space will be completed in time for the Fall 2017 semester.
Simpson serves as the Chairman of the Southern States Athletic Director Committee. He has been a member of the league’s marketing committee and led a task force to review annual awards given by the conference.
The 2016-17 academic year marks Simpson’s 20th season with the Wolf Pack. Prior to being named Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Simpson held the position of Associate Athletic Director for nine years. In that role, Simpson coordinated the day-to-day operations of Wolf Pack athletics, had direct supervision of 10 intercollegiate sports, and oversaw the external affairs of the department.