May 15, 2014



Providence, R.I.-The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) today. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Winners will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, June 11 at NACDA's 49th Annual Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.


Don Tencher is being recognized as a NACDA Under Armour AD of the Year for the fourth time during his career at Rhode Island College, having also received this prestigious honor in 2010, ’06 and ’01. Tencher is one of only four Div. III Athletic Director who will be recognized on June 11.


“I am very thankful to receive this award from my peers,” Tencher said. “It is the direct result of an enormous amount of hard work by our entire athletic staff and because of the terrific support I receive from our administration and the entire college community”.




Tencher is in his 18th year guiding Anchormen and Anchorwomen athletics as Rhode Island College continues to grow in stature on the local, regional and national stage.


2013-14 has seen RIC’s teams continue to have success in the Little East Conference. The men’s and women’s basketball teams each won the league, marking only the second time in conference history that one institution has won both the tournaments in the same year, and advanced to the NCAA Div. III Tournament.


In addition, men’s golf won its third consecutive conference title and participated in the NCAA Tournament, finishing 28th in the nation. RIC has also seen several wrestlers and track student-athletes compete at NCAA Championship events and gain All-American honors.


On campus, facility enhancement to nearly all of RIC’s athletic complexes have been completed or are currently underway, keeping the Providence campus among some of the top Div. III schools in New England. The college’s Student-Athlete Success Center and newly renovated Recreation Center are key components of on-campus activity programs.


In addition to his role in athletics, Tencher has also taken on much more responsibility, serving as the Assistant Vice President for Administration where he provides oversight to the college’s campus police department, facilities and operations area and to all capital projects.


He is a 1977 graduate of Barrington College where he lettered in basketball. He received a master’s degree from the University of Rhode Island. Tencher, a native of West Warwick, R.I., currently resides with his family in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.