Grand View University's Troy Plummer has been selected by his peers as the 2011-12 Midwest Collegiate Conference Athletic Director of the Year.
Under Plummer's direction, the Vikings won their third consecutive MCC Commissioner's Cup in 2011-12, won 13 of the 18 possible conference championships and participated in 16 NAIA national championships throughout the year. Grand View won the 2012 NAIA Wrestling Championship including two individual national champions, produced the NAIA women's cross country individual national champion, advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Championships in men's soccer, the Elite 8 in women's basketball, and the dance team was the national runner-up at NCA/UDA Nationals. The Vikings also posted national top 25 finishes men's golf (12th), women's cross country (25th), women's indoor (12th) and outdoor (15th) track & field, and women's golf (21st). Grand View housed the NAIA National Women's Basketball Player of the Year, the NAIA National Wrestler of the Year, and the NAIA National Wrestling Coach of the Year.
Grand View finished the year 11th in the NACDA Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings, the highest finish of any MCC or Midwest institution. GVU also received the NAIA's Five Star Champions of Character award.
Grand View athletics has seen huge growth in the past five years, with athletic participation increased from 275 athletes in 16 sports to over 650 athletes in 24 sports in that time. Plummer also has overseen over $4 million in athletic renovations in the last five years and the athletic department staff has increased to 30 full-time and 35 part-time members.
It is the third time Plummer has received the award in five years as the GVU athletic director, as he also won the award in 2008-09 and 2010-11.