Hartford City, Ind. — The Crossroads League would like to announce that Lori Culler of Huntington University has been named Athletic Director of the Year. The Athletic Director of the Year is voted upon by the AD's in the Crossroads League.
Culler has served at Huntington University for the past 28 years as head women's basketball coach and 11 years (1995-2001 & 2009-Present) as Athletic Director.
The Foresters were represented at 10 NAIA National Tournaments this year. Four teams represented HU including: Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball (Sweet 16), Women's Bowling (7th of 20 teams), and Softball (first trip to nationals in program history).
The Foresters also had individuals competing at nationals in the following sports: Men's Cross Country (1), Women's Cross Country (1), Men's Indoor Track (1), Women's Indoor Track (1), Men's Outdoor Track (1), and Women's Outdoor Track (2).
Culler commented, "I am deeply honored to have received this award and recognition considering the outstanding colleagues I serve alongside within the Crossroads League. It has been a special year for Forester Athletics."
Culler added, "We've been blessed with many successes to celebrate and many reasons to give thanks to the Lord. I'm privileged to work with a tremendous athletic staff and am grateful for their dedication and Christ-centered service to our students and our institution."
HU also had three student-athletes earn NAIA All-American status as Shane Merryman (Men's Basketball) and Pazia Speed (Women's Basketball) were selected 2nd Team NAIA All-Americans. Jake Nash (Indoor Track & Field) also earned NAIA All-American status after finishing 6th in the high jump.
HU had an outstanding year in the classroom as 25 student-athletes (29 total awards) from 11 different teams were named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The Foresters also had twelve students that were inducted into the Huntington University chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national college athlete honor society. To be eligible for induction, a student-athlete must have achieved at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, earned a varsity letter, be a junior or senior in good academic and athletic standing, and be of good moral character.
J.D. Collins, Crossroads League Commissioner, stated, "Lori Culler is a quiet but strong leader. We are blessed to have her as a part of the Crossroads League team. She has led the Huntington University athletic department to success while maintaining two full-time jobs; Athletic Director and Women's Basketball Coach. Winning this award is a tribute to her work ethic and leadership."
Culler also launched the HU Athletic Honor Roll this year. Sixty-four student-athletes were named in the inaugural year. In order to receive this honor, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.
Culler earned the Crossroads League's Co-Coach of the Year in women's basketball after leading the Foresters to a 14-4 League mark and 24-9 record overall. She also notched her 500th career win against Indiana Wesleyan on February 5th.