- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart is among four winners of the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year award chosen by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics.

Barnhart was named along with TCU’s Chris Del Conte, Connecticut’s Warde Manuel and Baylor’s Ian McCaw in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision. The honor comes after 18 of the Wildcats’ 22 varsity sports helped earn a best-ever 11th place Directors’ Cup finish last year, with seven finishing in the top 10 of their respective sports.

Kentucky student athletes also achieved a department-wide GPA of 3.0 or better last academic year to meet one of Barnhart’s main objectives. The school also has several building projects in progress, including a $120 million renovation of Commonwealth Stadium expected to be completed by next season.

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