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Jim Jarrett, athletic director at Old Dominion University since 1970, was recognized as the 2006 Lifetime Achievement winner as presented by the NCAA Division I-AAA athletic director's association at its annual meeting in New Orleans. Jarrett is the second recipient of the award.

During his 37 year tenure, Old Dominion has climbed from Division II status to Division I, capturing 32 national championships and hosting numerous NCAA and conference championships. Under Jarrett's leadership, the program's athletic venues have expanded to include the construction of the ODU fieldhouse in 1970 to the completion of the beautiful 8,600-seat Constant Convocation Center in 2002. He was among the first athletic directors in the nation to award scholarships to female student athletics in 1974, and resulted in three national crowns in women's basketball and nine in field hockey. He has previously been honored by the Women's Basketball Coaches association, the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors and the Norfolk Sports Club.

This article was posted on: July 5, 2006

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