During his 14-year tenure at the University of Oklahoma, Joe Castiglione has presided over one of the most successful eras in sports at the school earning him the United States Sports Academy’s 2012 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award.
Oklahoma’s Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics since 1998, Castiglione recalled when he started his career in college administration at Rice University he first met Maddox, the former Athletic Director of Louisiana State University and Mississippi State University.
“He had a great reputation and was so well respected. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would get an award named after him,” Castiglione said at the Academy’s 28th annual Awards of Sport show Thursday night in Daphne, Ala. “This is an incredible honor. But you don’t get awards by yourself. I really have to thank so many wonderful people who I have worked with who helped to make this possible.”
The Academy annually presents the Carl Maddox Sport Management Award to an individual like Castiglione for their contributions to the growth and development of sport enterprise through effective management practices. The award honors individuals who exhibit mastery of all the management functions, are well known in the sport arena, and have an abiding belief in the need for ethical behavior in sport management. It is named in honor of Maddox, who also served on the United States Sports Academy Board of Trustees.
Castiglione has experienced success on and off the field. While winning seven national championships and 49 conference titles over the past 14 years, the university’s athletics department has also closed the books in the black each year. He also demands high standards in academics and ethical behavior for the Sooners’ 21 sports programs that includes nearly 600 student-athletes. The current cumulative grade point average for OU’s nearly 600 student-athletes is above 3.0.
Under Castiglione, OU’s sports programs have finished in the top 15 in the annual Learfield Director’s Cup rankings the past three years. As one of the few NCAA Division I programs that is totally self-sustaining, the Oklahoma Athletics Department provides more than $7 million annually to the university’s Academic Budget.
In addition, the university’s record pace of improvements to its sports facilities has been funded entirely through private contributions. Castiglione has been instrumental in a major campaign that has raised more than $125 million in three years, and $330 million overall. He has served in numerous leadership positions in collegiate sports and currently is the past president of both the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association and NACDA, and a member of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee.
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