Jim Fallis was named the Directorof Athletics at Northern Arizona University in May, 2004, and thedepartment has had success across the board under hisleadership.
Under his direction, the 300-plusLumberjack student-athletes have maintained 3.00 or bettercumulative mark in 13 of the 14 semesters under his direction.Eight squads posted a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA last year led bythe soccer team which posted a department-best 3.39 in 2010-11. Thepositive grade report comes after a semester that produced aschool-record fifty-five student-athletes participating in springcommencement ceremonies. NAU also recently had all 15 sponsoredsports are exceeding NCAA academic standards in the AcademicProgress Report.
One hundred sixty-threestudent-athletes were recognized in 2011 at the Golden Eagle Awardsfor significant contributions to the Lumberjack athletics programwhile maintaining a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Fallis established theAthletic Director's Honor Roll to recognize student-athletes with a3.5 or better GPA and men’s basketball player Kelly Golob,women’s golfer Ali Carter and soccer player Kristi Andreassenhave earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships under hisleadership.
Outside the classroom, thedepartment staff and student-athletes contributed 4,000-pluscommunity service hours in Flagstaff and around the state ofArizona each of the last five years and totaled more than 28,000hours during his tenure. The yearly contribution is believed to bethe highest among the three state universities.
NAU has ranked among the top 100athletic departments in the Learfield Directors’ Cupstandings four times under Fallis, while winning 27 Big SkyConference tiles, recording 20 Top-40 national finishes and winningeight individual national titles. NAU has won the Big SkyConference Men's All-Sports title three times and finished amongthe top three for the prestigious President’s Cup award everyyear of its existence.
Fallis has also overseen theinstallation of state-of-the-art scoreboard and message-center inthe Walkup Skydome since his arrival. The Skydome also welcomed theinstallation of a removable REALGRASS™ Matrix system duringthe Spring of 2008, the first removable REALGRASS™ system tobe installed in the United States. It marked the firstaccomplishment by the President’s Task Force on AthleticsFacilities.
NAU signed a five-year apparelagreement with Adidas in 2008 to outfit all 15 intercollegiateteams with practice and game gear. The deal replaced NIKE as theofficial team outfitter, a three-year contract originally developedby Fallis.
Prior to NAU, Fallis served asathletics director at the University of Northern Colorado since1993. Academic and athletic successes as well as fiscalresponsibility were hallmarks of Fallis' tenure at NorthernColorado. Northern Colorado teams won 31 conference championshipsin his 10 years.
Academically, UNC produced 13 NCAA postgraduate scholarshiprecipients in his 11-year tenure.
UNC won two Division II NationalChampionships in football (1996, 1997) under his direction. At thetime he left, athletics had over $8 million in endowments and$600,000 in reserves. Prior to UNC, Fallis spent seven years asathletic director at Lake Superior State University. Under hisleadership, LSSU won NCAA Division I Hockey Championships in 1988and 1992.
Fallis, 58, has been activelyinvolved in the administration of intercollegiate athletics at thenational level. Presently, he serves on the LearfieldDirectors' Cup Committee and represents the Big Sky on the DivisionI Championship cabinet and serves on the Administrative Committee.He was also selected by Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to serve onthe Governor's Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sport forthe state of Arizona and is a member of the Rotary Club inFlagstaff.
A member of five Hall of Fames(NAIA, NCAA Division II Wrestling, Lake Superior State, NCC Hall ofHonor), he was recently named to the University of NorthernColorado Hall of Fame in the Winter of 2010. A native of Durand,Mich., Fallis earned his masters degree from Northern Michigan in1977. He and his wife, Anna, are the parents of two grown childrenand two grandchildren.
Lumberjack Highlights UnderFallis
- NAU has ranked among the top 100 athletic departments in theLearfield Sports Directors Cup standings four times (2006, 2008,2009, 2010)
- NAU won the 2005-06 Sterling Savings Bank Presidents Cup, whichis unique to collegiate athletics in that it reinforces the Big SkyConference’s dedication to the academic side of beingstudent-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 ConferenceChampionships (27)
2004-05 3 - Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Women’sOutdoor TF
2005-06 6 - Men’s and Women’s XC, Women’s Indoor andOutdoor TF, Men’s Basketball (Regular Season), Women’sBasketball (Postseason)
2006-07 2 - Men’s Basketball (Regular Season), Men’s OutdoorTrack and Field
2007-08 3- Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s OutdoorTF
2008-09 7 - Men’s and Women’s XC, Women’s Golf(Postseason), Women’s Soccer (Postseason), Men’s andWomen’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 (RegularSeason)