NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After guiding the Martin Methodist Athletic Department to the most successful collective season in school history, Martin Methodist Athletic Director Jeff Bain has been named the 2013 TranSouth Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year by the TranSouth Athletic Conference, the league announced Thursday morning.
The award, which is selected and voted on by the conference athletic directors, marks the fifth time that Bain has received the honor. After winning the league's inaugural award in 2000, Bain was also chosen for the honor again in 2001 and then in 2007 and 2009.
Additionally, Bain was the NAIA Region XI Athletic Director of the Year in 2001, and was named NACDA Southeast Regional Athletic Director of the Year in 2002 and again in 2008.
TranSouth Commissioner Charlie Smith congratulated Bain in a statement released with the announcement.
"One of the strong points of working with the TranSouth Athletic Conference the past couple of years has been working with quality people from the presidents, sports information directors, coaches and the athletic directors. The athletic directors are second to none in the NAIA. Jeff Bain has served Martin Methodist College, the TranSouth Athletic Conference and the NAIA with excellence. He has been a leader and has always gone the extra mile in whatever task he has been asked to undertake. We are indebted to Jeff for his many hours of service as Treasurer of the TranSouth."
Bain arrived at Martin Methodist College in 1993 as the Special Assistant to the President with responsibilities of overseeing the MMC athletic department transition from a two-year institution to a four-year institution before taking over as Athletic Director.
"Jeff Bain is the perfect pick for the TranSouth's final Athletic Director of the Year," Martin Methodist President Dr. Ted Brown said. "Not only has he built a powerhouse athletic program at Martin Methodist College, but he has provided important leadership for the NAIA, NACMA, as well as the TranSouth Athletic Conference. At Martin Methodist, athletics has played a key role in the college's growth due largely to Jeff's influence during his 20 years in the Athletic Director's role. While we are all saddened by the demise of the TranSouth Athletic Conference, we certainly celebrate this final recognition of one its most steadfast leaders."
"Anytime you are recognized by your peers it is an honor," Bain said in a statement. "It is truly special when you consider the caliber of Athletic Directors that work together within the TranSouth Athletic Conference. More than anything this award is a reflection of the work, performance, and successes that our players, coaches, and staff throughout this year and years past. We are very proud of support and effort that our entire institution places in the student-athlete experience."
"Our faculty, staff, and students are huge assets to our community," Bain said. "And I'm very proud to be part of the Martin Methodist family. In addition, I'm very appreciative of the TranSouth Athletic Conference for all the very special memories from the great relationships and competitive experiences we have forged over the past 20 years. As a result, this award holds a very special meaning to me. I am both honored and thankful."
During his time at MMC, Bain has provided leadership in an array of firsts, including: MMC's Sports Hall of Fame; MMC's Governor Ned McWherter Award of Excellence; MMC's Intercollegiate Athletic Policy and Procedure Manual; MMC's Acquisition of land and the building of athletic venues at the school's East Campus; MMC's Student Athlete Advisory Committee; MMC's Champions of Character Program; MMC's Sport Management academic program; the development of creative marketing and funding opportunities for MMC sports; and the addition of eight new intercollegiate programs.
This past year, under Bain's guidance, the RedHawks opened one of the most unique athletic facilities in region in the school's East Campus. The $4 million, 46-acre facility is highlighted by a 14,000 square foot indoor practice facility. The East Campus is also home to newly constructed and renovated lighted soccer, baseball, and softball game fields, as well as an intramural/practice field.
Also, over the course of Bain's 20-year career, his athletic programs have captured 28 TranSouth Athletic Conference and two NAIA National Championships. Additionally, there have been 62 Academic All-Americans, and 35 Athletic All-Americans at Martin Methodist during Bain's tenure.
In 2012, the RedHawks had one of their most successful marketing and athletic successes as Men's Basketball player James Justice captured the nation's attention with his performance during the ESPN Collegiate Slam Dunk Contest. Using social media, the school's "Fight For Justice" campaign connected with millions of users over the Internet to not only send Justice to the competition, but also to lift him to the title.
Additionally in 2012, Women's Basketball player Jessy Christopher was chosen as the NAIA's Emil S. Liston National Award for the organization's top female junior student-athlete.
The accolades and championships continued into 2013, where the RedHawks had nine (9) NAIA All-Americans, five (5) TranSouth Conference Players of the Year, and four (4) TranSouth Conference Championships. Collectively, these achievements led to the RedHawks winning the 2013 TranSouth All-Sports Trophy.
Bain currently serves on MMC's Senior Executive Council, the TranSouth's Executive Committee, and as President of the NAIA Athletic Director Association. In addition, he serves on the NAIA National Administrative Council and as an Advisor for the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA). Bain completed a six-year term with the NAIA Region XI Management Committee, where he served as Chair and sat on two NAIA national councils. He also recently served a six-year term on the NACMA Board of Directors, where he also served as President.
Prior to joining MMC's administration team, Bain served the State of Tennessee for 15 years as a classroom educator and football and track coach at Tullahoma High School, Farragut High School and Giles County High School.
He earned both his BS in Secondary Education, Science, Health and Physical Education in 1978, followed by a M.ED in Educational Administration and Supervision in 1983 from the University of Memphis. He was a four-year letter winner with the Memphis football team serving as equipment manager, and also served as the Student President of the HPER Department, receiving the Ralph Hatley Award (Outstanding Male Physical Education Award) in 1997.
A native of Jackson, Tenn., Bain and his wife, Donna, a teacher at Southside Elementary School, reside in Pulaski and have two children; Nathan a graduate of the University of Oregon and current grad assistant at the University of Tennessee and Rachel a junior at the University of Tennessee.
TranSouth Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year
Year: AD, School
2013: Jeff Bain, Martin Methodist College
2012: Mike McCutchen, Freed-Hardeman University
2011: Mike McCutchen, Freed-Hardeman University
2010: Tommy Sadler, Union University
2009: Jeff Bain, Martin Methodist College
2008: David Blackstock, Union University
2007: Jeff Bain, Martin Methodist College
2006: Alan Smith, Trevecca Nazarene University
2005: Terry Garner, Lyon College
2004: David Blackstock, Union University
2003: Larry Carpenter, Lee University
2002: Larry Carpenter, Lee University
2001: Jeff Bain, Martin Methodist College
2000: Jeff Bain, Martin Methodist College