A total of 25 athletic directors were recognized for the Northeast, Southeast, Central and West Regions in NCAA Divisions IA, I-AA, II and III, the NAIA and Junior/Community College.
Criteria for the award are service as an AD for a minimum of five years; demonstration of a committment to higher education of student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishment. Candidates for the award were nominated by NACDA-member directors of athletics, institutional presidents and conference commissioners.
Walsh arrived at W&L in October of 1989 as the fifth athletic director in the school's history. During his 12 years, the Generals have won 64 Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles, qualified 24 teams for NCAA post-season play and had 16 athletes earn GTE or Verizon Academic All-America honors.
Washington and Lee won 65 percent of its athletic contests during the 2000-01 school year. The Generals claimed six ODAC Championships, while the men's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and women's lacrosse teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament.