William Woods AD Vittone receives AMC’s top honor

William Woods University’s Jason Vittone has been named the 2013-14 American Midwest Conference athletic director of the year, the school announced Tuesday.

Vittone — who became William Woods’ AD in September 2011 — earned the honor for the first time. He served the previous four years as the university’s sports information director and Champions of Character coordinator.

“It’s a tremendous honor to receive the award, but the credit for our success at William Woods lies with the faculty, staff, administration, alumni, boosters and students,” Vittone said in a press release. “I was very fortunate to inherit an exceptional coaching and support staff and am truly blessed to be a part of a great institution.”

William Woods’ athletic department experienced a successful 2013-14 year under Vittone’s guidance. The school sent four teams and an individual athlete — women’s cross country, men’s cross country runner Kaleb Wilson, women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track and field — to their respective NAIA national championships during the fall/winter seasons.

Then during the spring season, William Woods made school history when it qualified a team or an individual in every sport — baseball, softball and men’s and women’s golf and outdoor track and field — for its respective national championship.

In April, the NAIA announced it would be moving its women’s national basketball championships to Independence in 2015 and ‘16. William Woods — behind a strong push from Vittone — was named the host school.

Vittone is now eligible for the NAIA national athletic director of the year.

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