WCCC Athletics Director Richard Holler recognized

Richard Holler, director, student life/athletics, Westmoreland County Community College

Richard Holler, director, student life/athletics, Westmoreland County Community College

Westmoreland County Community College student life and athletics director Richard Holler was recently honored by the by National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).

Holler, of Latrobe, received NACDA’s Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year award for the junior/community college division.

The award recognizes intercollegiate directors of athletics for their commitment and administrative excellence within a campus and/or college community environment.  Spanning seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/other four-year institutions and junior/community colleges), the award is annually presented to 28 athletic directors (four from each division).

Holler has served as the WCCC athletics director for 18 years.  During his tenure, nine intercollegiate programs have been added and the indoor and outdoor sports facilities upgraded, including new soccer fields that were completed last fall.

Currently, Holler oversees 13 intercollegiate sports teams including men’s and women’s basketball, bowling, cross country, golf and soccer; men’s baseball and women’s softball and volleyball.  Under his direction, the college has hosted numerous regional athletic championships.

In recent years, WCCC athletes have won three individual national titles (two in bowling and one in cross country) and the teams have secured 39 conference titles and 17 National Junior College Athletic Association championships.

In 2013 and 2014, the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference named him athletic administrator of the year and presented WCCC with its sportsmanship awards.

“WCCC’s intercollegiate athletics programs are among the most respected and competitive in our national and regional conferences due in large part to Dick’s work on behalf of our student athletes, coaches and coaching staff,” said WCCC President Tuesday Stanley.

“We are thrilled that he has earned this well-deserved national recognition.”

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