University of Texas at Tyler Baseball Coach and Athletic Director James N. Vilade was named the United States Sports Academy’s 2010 Alumnus of the Year.
Vilade started the UT Tyler program from scratch in 2002 and molded it into one of the best National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III programs in the country. Vilade earned his Master of Sports Science degree in sports management from the Academy in 2003.
“The curriculum prepared me for the challenges any administrator faces in athletics while helping me create a vision for athletics advancement and development,” said Vilade. “A master’s degree from the United States Sports Academy has allowed me to advance in athletics through my preparation. I have entered every new challenge with confidence and a plan for success.”
Vilade will be honored by the Academy on Friday, 22 January 2010 at the annual meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Vilade has guided UT Tyler to 155 wins, four American Southwest Conference (ASC) championships, and qualified for the NCAA Division III regionals in 2009.
What further distinguishes Vilade is the success his players have achieved on and off the field. Seventy-eight of his student-athletes made all-conference teams and fifteen more were named to All-American lists. He has also had fifty-three players make All-Academic rosters. UT Tyler also won the NCAA National Community Service Award under his guidance.