GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The NCAA announced today that University of North Dakota Director of Athletics Brian Faison will represent the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) as one of three new members selected to serve on the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee.
Faison, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Athletics Director Jim Knowlton, and Minnesota associate athletics director Tom McGinnis each begin their 4-year appointments on Sept. 1, 2013. The appointment runs until Sept. 1, 2017.
“We couldn’t be happier with the selection of these three individuals,” said Kristin Fasbender, NCAA associate director of championships and alliances and operations manager for the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship. “They all bring a wealth of knowledge and experience, and will be tremendous assets to Division I men’s ice hockey.”
The Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee is in charge of oversight of all aspects of the championship, which includes team selection, seeding and bracketing. Also, managing any administrative issues on site at all rounds of the championships, which includes any misconduct issues (reprimands, fines, suspensions). The committee serves as on-site representative at the regionals and make up the games committee at the Frozen Four. The committee also selects the regional and Frozen Four championship sites.
“Brian will be an excellent representative for the NCHC, and for all of college hockey, as he moves into his position as a committee member for NCAA hockey,” said UND Head Men’s Hockey Coach Dave Hakstol.
The Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee is made up of one person from each hockey-playing conference and currently consists of: Rick Goeb, director of athletics, Bemidji State University; Tom Nevala, senior associate athletics director, University of Notre Dame; Rand Pecknold, head coach, Quinnipiac University; Kevin Sneddon, head coach, University of Vermont and Col. William Walker, deputy director of athletics, United States Air Force Academy.
Faison is currently in his fifth year as athletics director at UND.