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Northwestern's Brandt named GPAC's top Athletic Director

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Northwestern College's Barry Brandt has been named the Athletic Director of the Year in the GPAC. Northwestern College's Barry Brandt has been named the Athletic Director of the Year in the GPAC.
ORANGE CITY, Iowa - Barry Brandt, who just stepped down as Northwestern College’s athletic director, has been selected by his colleagues as the News PhotoHauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Athletic Director-of-the-Year for 2013-14. Brandt won the same honor in 2006-07.

Northwestern's athletic director since 2000, Brandt announced on April 1 that he would assume the associate athletic director's role this summer as he prepares to retire in May 2015. Dr. Earl Woudstra, the assistant athletic director since 2004, became the athletic director on June 1.

Brandt, a 1969 Northwestern College alumnus, has served the college for 31 years. After a year of part-time coaching in the early 1970s, he began full-time employment in 1984 as the head men's and women's track coach and assistant football coach. He served as assistant athletic director for four years before taking the department's helm.

During Brandt's tenure as athletic director, Northwestern teams won seven NAIA national championships (men's basketball in 2001 and 2003 and women's basketball in 2001, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and the athletic department's staffing was strengthened so nearly all of the head coaches are full-time college employees. Facility upgrades have included major improvements to the football field and outdoor track at De Valois Stadium and the soccer complex. Northwestern is currently raising funds for a new indoor athletic practice and training facility.

Brandt has been very active at the NAIA and Great Plains Athletic Conference levels. Along with earning GPAC Athletic Director-of-the-Year honors, he has also served on several NAIA committees and task forces.  Most recently he was the president of the NAIA Athletic Directors Association in 2011–12.

The Red Raiders finished third in the 2013-14 GPAC All-Sports Trophy Standings.  Red Raider teams won or shared three conference titles this past year (volleyball, women’s basketball, and softball).

"I want to congratulate Barry on being the GPAC Athletic Director-of-the-Year," said GPAC Commissioner Corey Westra.  “Brandt’s impact at Northwestern, in the GPAC and within the NAIA has been significant over his career, and it’s an honor to announce his claiming of this award for the second time in his career.  Brandt has been a tremendous resource for me and so many others in his time at Northwestern, and we wish him all the best in this transition year at Northwestern and as he and his wife, Lora, enjoy retirement,” added Westra.

Brandt will receive a plaque from Hauff Mid-America Sports for his achievement.
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