Kellogg Community College Athletic Director Tom Shaw this month was named Michigan Community College Athletic Association Athletic Director of the Year for a record fourth time and also received the MCCAA Distinguished Service Award.
Shaw, who retires this summer after more than 17 years in various positions at KCC, also won the Athletic Director of the Year award in 1999, 2014 and 2020, is the first four-time recipient of in the more than three decades since it was first presented in 1990. The award recognizes the MCCAA athletic director “having done the most for both his school and the organization during the year,” according to the MCCAA.
Shaw is just the 29th individual in MCCAA history to receive the MCCAA Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual who’s made significant contributions to community college athletics on the MCCAA level.
In the MCCAA’s award announcement released June 16, the organization noted Shaw’s administration of a nine-sport program at KCC, including the recent MCCAA Western Conference baseball champions, as well as his work behind the scenes with MCCAA baseball programming and participation on the MCCAA’s realignment and scheduling committees.
The MCCAA also acknowledged Shaw’s long history of service with the MCCAA, including roles as president, vice president, treasurer and baseball chair at various times during his tenure at KCC.
Additionally, “He hosted the first MCCAA volleyball champions and the first ever NJCAA Division II women’s volleyball nationals,” the MCCAA announcement said. “He has also hosted the NJCAA Region XII baseball and softball tournaments on numerous occasions. He has also helped host the NJCAA Region XII Bowling Championship and the NJCAA Bowling National Championship.”
Shaw began his coaching and athletic administration career at Olivet College, where he held several athletic positions from 1987 until 1998, when he first became athletic director at KCC. He returned to Olivet in 2001, where he was vice president for enrollment management for five years and athletic director for two years, before returning to KCC in 2008.
In addition to these current and prior MCCAA awards, Shaw was a recipient of the National Junior College Athletic Association’s prestigious annual George E. Killian Award of Excellence in 2021. Shaw was one of just two 2020-21 recipients of the award and the only recipient from a Michigan school in the award’s 16-year history.
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