Gary Broadhurst, Dean of Athletics and Physical Education at Mohawk Valley Community College, is the 2020 recipient of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Loyalty Award, which is given to an active athletic director in the NJCAA who has worked to uphold the ideals of the organization. Significant to this award is leadership in an athletic program exemplifying excellence both on the field/court and in the classroom.
“(Gary) is such a good example of what loyalty actually means,” said Mohawk Valley head men's basketball coach Matt St. Croix, whose team just played for the Men’s DIII national championship in Rochester, Minn., in early March. “For over 40 years, he's been loyal and dedicated to Mohawk Valley, loyal to the Hawk athletic program and our student-athletes, and loyal to the mission of what the NJCAA stands for.”
Broadhurst has been at MVCC for more than 40 years, and has been head of the athletics department since 1996. In that span, teams under his guidance have won 20 NJCAA championships and have had more than 450 student-athletes earn All-American status. He currently serves on both the NJCAA Foundation and the NJCAA Board of Regents, where he represents Region III. He also was named chair of the recently formed NJCAA Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Broadhurst previously served as both the Men and Women’s Regional Director and Chair of the Region’s Executive Committee, and has served as the treasurer for the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference. He is actively involved in many national professional organizations, including the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the New York State SUNY Athletics Oversight Committee, SUNY Chancellor’s Award Selection Committee, and the NJCAA Assessment and Excellence Strategic Planning Ad-Hoc Committee.
Broadhurst has been the recipient of numerous awards during his career, including the NATYCAA L. William Miller Award, NACDA Athletics Director of the Year (2007, 2012, and 2016), the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service, the inaugural NJCAA Region III Athletic Director of the Year, and NACDA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year.