Jim Fallis was named the Director of Athletics at Northern Arizona University in May, 2004, and the department has had success across the board under his leadership.
Under his direction, the 300-plus Lumberjack student-athletes have maintained 3.00 or better cumulative mark in 13 of the 14 semesters under his direction. Eight squads posted a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA last year led by the soccer team which posted a department-best 3.39 in 2010-11. The positive grade report comes after a semester that produced a school-record fifty-five student-athletes participating in spring commencement ceremonies. NAU also recently had all 15 sponsored sports are exceeding NCAA academic standards in the Academic Progress Report.
One hundred sixty-three student-athletes were recognized in 2011 at the Golden Eagle Awards for significant contributions to the Lumberjack athletics program while maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Fallis established the Athletic Director's Honor Roll to recognize student-athletes with a 3.5 or better GPA and men’s basketball player Kelly Golob, women’s golfer Ali Carter and soccer player Kristi Andreassen have earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships under his leadership.
Outside the classroom, the department staff and student-athletes contributed 4,000-plus community service hours in Flagstaff and around the state of Arizona each of the last five years and totaled more than 28,000 hours during his tenure. The yearly contribution is believed to be the highest among the three state universities.
NAU has ranked among the top 100 athletic departments in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings four times under Fallis, while winning 27 Big Sky Conference tiles, recording 20 Top-40 national finishes and winning eight individual national titles. NAU has won the Big Sky Conference Men's All-Sports title three times and finished among the top three for the prestigious President’s Cup award every year of its existence.
Fallis has also overseen the installation of state-of-the-art scoreboard and message-center in the Walkup Skydome since his arrival. The Skydome also welcomed the installation of a removable REALGRASS™ Matrix system during the Spring of 2008, the first removable REALGRASS™ system to be installed in the United States. It marked the first accomplishment by the President’s Task Force on Athletics Facilities.
NAU signed a five-year apparel agreement with Adidas in 2008 to outfit all 15 intercollegiate teams with practice and game gear. The deal replaced NIKE as the official team outfitter, a three-year contract originally developed by Fallis.
Prior to NAU, Fallis served as
athletics director at the University of Northern Colorado since
1993. Academic and athletic successes as well as fiscal
responsibility were hallmarks of Fallis' tenure at Northern
Colorado. Northern Colorado teams won 31 conference championships
in his 10 years.
Academically, UNC produced 13 NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipients in his 11-year tenure.
UNC won two Division II National Championships in football (1996, 1997) under his direction. At the time he left, athletics had over $8 million in endowments and $600,000 in reserves. Prior to UNC, Fallis spent seven years as athletic director at Lake Superior State University. Under his leadership, LSSU won NCAA Division I Hockey Championships in 1988 and 1992.
Fallis, 58, has been actively involved in the administration of intercollegiate athletics at the national level. Presently, he serves on the Learfield Directors' Cup Committee and represents the Big Sky on the Division I Championship cabinet and serves on the Administrative Committee. He was also selected by Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to serve on the Governor's Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sport for the state of Arizona and is a member of the Rotary Club in Flagstaff.
A member of five Hall of Fames (NAIA, NCAA Division II Wrestling, Lake Superior State, NCC Hall of Honor), he was recently named to the University of Northern Colorado Hall of Fame in the Winter of 2010. A native of Durand, Mich., Fallis earned his masters degree from Northern Michigan in 1977. He and his wife, Anna, are the parents of two grown children and two grandchildren.
Lumberjack Highlights Under Fallis
- NAU has ranked among the top 100 athletic departments in the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings four times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
- NAU won the 2005-06 Sterling Savings Bank Presidents Cup, which is unique to collegiate athletics in that it reinforces the Big Sky Conference’s dedication to the academic side of being student-athletes.
- Won 27 Big Sky Conference tiles
- Recorded 18 Top-40 national finishes
- Claimed eight individual national titles.
- Won three Big Sky Conference Men's All-Sports titles (2007, 2008, 2011)
Big Sky Conference Championships (27)
2004-05 3 - Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Women’s Outdoor TF
2005-06 6 - Men’s and Women’s XC, Women’s Indoor and Outdoor TF, Men’s Basketball (Regular Season), Women’s Basketball (Postseason)
2006-07 2 - Men’s Basketball (Regular Season), Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
2007-08 3- Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Outdoor TF
2008-09 7 - Men’s and Women’s XC, Women’s Golf (Postseason), Women’s Soccer (Postseason), Men’s and Women’s Indoor TF, Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
2009-10 4 – Men’s and Women’s XC, Women’s Soccer (Postseason); Men’s Indoor TF
2010-11 1- Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Soccer (Regular Season)