LINDSBORG—Dane Pavlovich, Bethany College Dean of Athletics, has been named one of two Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Athletic Directors of the Year for 2017-18. The annual Athletic Director of the Year Award is determined by a peer vote among the conference's athletics directors. Arabie Conner of Ottawa University was selected as Co-Athletic Director of the Year as well. Pavlovich and Conner will be formally recognized at the upcoming KCAC Sport Management Conference held at Bethany College on August 7, 2018.
Dane Pavlovich enters his sixth year at Bethany. Currently, Pavlovich is the Chair of the KCAC Governing Council, a member of the KCAC junior varsity experience task force, a member of the KCAC game fees task force, chair of the KCAC membership committee, and chair of the KCAC Championships task force. Pavlovich took on the role of the Dean of Student Development in addition to his other duties from May 2015 to July 2017.
"Dane is at the forefront of helping Bethany to produce athletic alumni who go on to become successful professionals who love God and who love people," said President Will Jones. "Dane is an excellent leader and colleague. He is very deserving of this recognition."
Working as a professional at the collegiate level for the past 13 years, Pavlovich served as the athletic director and head women's basketball coach at MacMurray College, a NCAA Division III college, from 2010-2013, and the associate athletic director and head women's basketball coach at Stephens College from 2003-2010. Some of his duties included helping facilitate the growth of the ten athletic programs at MacMurray College, focusing on athletic recruiting efforts, enhancing the athletic facilities and working with Alumni and Institutional Advancement on fundraising.
In addition, Pavlovich served as the athletic director and head basketball coach at Linn High School in Linn, Mo., for three years and was a basketball player and JV basketball coach for Kansas Wesleyan University.
Pavlovich served as a student-athlete tutor and supervisor at Kansas State University. He has run or participated in numerous basketball camps in Ohio, Missouri, and Kansas.
"I am honored to receive this award," said Pavlovich. "We have tremendous coaches, trainers, support staff, students, and administration here, and it is a privilege to represent Bethany College. I am grateful for the acknowledgement from the athletic directors in the KCAC. Arabie is a tremendous athletic administrator, and it means a lot to be recognized with such a great colleague."
Pavlovich received his Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Kansas State University and his M.B.A. from Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. He is married to Amy Kay (Gfeller) Pavlovich '97 and the couple have two sons, Sebastian and Atticus.
During the 2017-18 school year Bethany Athletics showed success on and off the court. The Swedes had 26 NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athletes and 66 KCAC Scholar-Athletes. In addition, five Bethany teams were named KCAC Teams of Character: women's cross country, women's and men's indoor track and field, wrestling, and softball. The Bethany athletics teams showed success on the field with one conference championship in men's golf, conference runner-up finishes in women's basketball, women's golf, and wrestling and four coach of the year honors in women's basketball, wrestling, and men's and women's golf, and men's tennis. Along with this, 80 Swedes earned all-conference nods.