June 13, 2001


NACDA Names Tencher AD of the Year


 Providence, RI--Rhode Island College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation Donald E. Tencher was named the 2000-01 Division III National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)/Continental Airlines AD of the Year. Tencher received this award at the 2001 NACDA Conference in Salt Lake City on June 11.


Tencher, who resides is South Kingstown, Rhode Island says, “I am very humbled to receive this award. I don’t look at this as an individual award, but rather as a team award for all of the work my staff has done at Rhode Island College.”


Tencher just completed his sixth year as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation at Rhode Island College. Under Tencher’s leadership, RIC’s athletic program has experienced the largest period of growth in the College’s history.


Under his guidance, a plan was developed to enhance all of RIC’s athletic facilities. To date, the baseball facility, the Dayna A. Bazar Softball Complex, the Black Track, as well as the soccer facility and tennis courts have been completely renovated. Additionally, the Marocco Center for Student-Athlete Development was established and major renovations to the College’s Recreation Center have occurred. RIC currently possesses some of the finest facilities in the Little East Conference.


Tencher has instituted a number of initiatives at RIC, which include a comprehensive marketing program that will continue to enhance the perception of the Rhode Island College Athletic Program and an academic monitoring program that has received national recognition for retention success.       


He has developed other fundraising and marketing initiatives, which include the RIC Summer Sports Camps, the Rhode Island College Athletic Booster Club, the re-establishment of RIC’s Athletic Hall of Fame and the RIC Sports and Celebrity Memorabilia Auction.          


Tencher is responsible for the management of six on-campus athletic facilities, the coordination of more than 300 student-athletes who participate in 19 intercollegiate teams and an intramural/recreation program for a student population of 9,000.    


He is the chair of the NCAA Wrestling Committee and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Little East Conference. He is a member of the NACDA’s Executive Committee, as well as the Kick-Off Classic and Pigskin Classic football games’ committees.     


Prior to assuming his duties at RIC, Tencher was the Associate Director of Athletics at the Community College of Rhode Island from 1989-1995. He was responsible for the daily management of CCRI’s athletic program, which encompassed 14 intercollegiate teams and 200 student-athletes. He was also responsible for the supervision of the intramural/recreation program, which serviced a student population in excess of 16,000, all physical education programming and managed two athletic complexes. He began his career at CCRI in 1978 and was named an Assistant Director of Athletics in 1980.      


He earned a Master of Science degree in physical education from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. Tencher earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Barrington College in 1977.


A native of West Warwick, he currently resides in South Kingstown, Rhode Island with his wife Tina and son Paul.




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