University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) athletic director Josh Berlo is one of 28 to be receiving the 2017-18 Under Armour AD of the Year (ADOY) award, it was announced on Monday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
The award spans seven divisions of collegiate athletics, but Berlo is one of only four from the NCAA Division II level to be honored.
"I am very honored to receive this prestigious award," Berlo said in a statement. "However, it is really a recognition of the amazing accomplishments of our coaches, staff and student-athletes I sincerely appreciate the great support of our alumni, student body, fans, faculty, donors, community, campus and Chancellor [Lendley] Black."
Berlo is closing his fifth year in charge of the UMD athletic department, and his list of accomplishments includes a $9 million renovation to Romano Gymnasium, a new apparel deal with Under Armour, and expanded television coverage in partnership with My 9 Sports.
He's also led a department that has seen 13 of its 16 teams compete at the NCAA level since his hiring, and UMD has now topped $1 million in fundraising for four of his five years. His program has excelled academically, as well, as student-athletes set a school-record in 2016-17 with a cumulative grade point average of 3.21.
"It's well-deserved," UMD Chancellor Lendley Black said in a statement, "as under his leadership UMD Athletics has achieved unprecedented heights in community engagement and academic success – in addition to our Bulldogs' outstanding competitive achievements."
Berlo is also in the news this week as a named defendant in a federal discrimination lawsuit brought against UMD by former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, who alleges discrimination based on her age, gender, sexual orientation, and national origin. Former softball coach Jen Banford and women's basketball coach Annette Wiles were originally also part of the lawsuit, but their allegations were dismissed by the federal judge and may be brought again in state court.
Miller originally filed her suit in September 2015, and the trial is set to begin this week in Duluth.
Berlo will officially collect his ADOY award June 29 at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C.