Hobbs, NM – Athletic Director Mike Galvan of the University of the Southwest was voted Athletic Director of the Year for the Red River Athletic Conference for the second consecutive year on Wednesday, marking his third time receiving the honor.
Coach Galvan has served as the Athletic Director and Head Baseball Coach of his alma mater, University of the Southwest for the past eight years. He has been in education for the past 15 years as a teacher in the public schools and in his current position at USW. Within this time frame, the USW has made several strides in the athletic department, increasing from 3 to 13 sports including the addition of men and women's basketball and tennis. Along with the added programs, the USW has also seen the construction of a new student life center equipped with a gymnasium and state of the art weight room.
With Galvan at the helm of the athletic department, University of the Southwest had their first NAIA National Championship in the spring of 2010 in the sport of track and field, with a member of the track team winning the discus throw at the NAIA National Track Meet. In addition, three out of the last four years the USW has had an athlete participate in the Cross Country National Championship. The women's soccer team qualified for the NAIA National Tournament in 2006 and the men's soccer team shared the conference championship as they achieved co-champion status. In 2005, the cross country team was crowned Red River Athletic Conference Champions.
Personally, since being named Athletic Director, the department has finished second for two years in a row among all schools in the conference in student-athlete grade point average. For the academic year (08-09 and 10-11) University of the Southwest was named the top grade point average institution with a 3.06 for all sanctioned sports and also is the recipient of the sportsmanship award for all programs which included the 2009-10 academic year. Galvan was also named the Athletic Director of the Year for the Red River Conference for the academic years 2008-09, 2010-11 and now 2011-12. Galvan received the 2011 Lea County Pursuing Victory with Honor Award, given to an educator who has had a positive influence in the lives of students. Most importantly the Mustangs continue to graduate successful student-athletes who have gone into fields such as criminal justice, teaching and coaching, real-estate, accounting, biology, and business.
Galvan taught in the Hobbs Municipal Schools and is married to the former Amber Shannon. They are the proud parents of Ryan 10 and Alex 8 years old.