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.