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Professor Dyer earns prestigious recognition from the NAIA

September 15, 2021

Craig Dyer, Indiana Tech associate professor of sport management and Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), has been named the 2020-21 NAIA Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year, the national office announced Wednesday. Named in honor of past vice president of NAIA Legislative Services and NAIA Hall of Famer Wally Schwartz, this prestigious award recognizes a faculty athletics representative who exemplifies the loyalty, enthusiasm and honesty that Mr. Schwartz showed on behalf of the NAIA.

Dyer has been a professor at Indiana Tech since 2004 and served as the university’s FAR since 2007, working with student-athletes, coaches, staff members and administrators on rules education, eligibility appeals and eligibility certification. He graduated from Indiana State University in 1995 with a degree in Athletic Training and worked at Sport Orthopaedics Northeast (SportONE) from 1997-2006, which included a stint with the Warriors in the early 2000s prior to moving into academia full time. He earned his MBA in Management and Human Resources from Indiana Tech in 2004 and received a graduate certificate in sport management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2011.

“Professor Dyer is instrumental in our success here at Indiana Tech. The connection he brings between faculty, or students and the Athletics Department is second to none. His investment in the overall betterment of our students is what sets Professor Dyer apart,” said Jessie Biggs, Indiana Tech’s director of athletics. “We are extremely fortunate to have Professor Dyer as our Faculty Athletic Representative and there is no one more deserving of this award and honor. Congratulations Professor!”

Dyer served on the NAIA’s Council of Faculty Athletics Representatives (CFAR) for two terms and been an officer on the NAIA’s Faculty Athletics Representative Association (FARA). Always an active participant in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Executive Council Meetings, he is the senior member of the WHAC Eligibility Committee and filled the role as the conference’s FAR. He is the faculty advisor to the Fellowship of Christian Athletics (FCA) and Sport Management Society at Indiana Tech, an active member of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and serves on the board of directors for the World Baseball Academy in Fort Wayne.

Dyer will be formally recognized by the at the 2022 NAIA National Convention, which takes place April 8 through 12 in Kansas City.

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