Stephen Joyner Sr., who oversees Johnson C. Smith’s athletics programs, was named Athletic Director of the Year by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Under Joyner’s watch, the Golden Bulls claimed CIAA titles in women’s and men’s basketball this year. The men’s team repeated as champions. Both teams participated in NCAA post-season play.

Equally important, JCSU student-athletes have excelled in class. Thirty one had a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Twenty seven graduated in may, including the salutatorian, which represents 84 percent of those eligible.

“This was a surprise, I had no idea I would receive this award but I am extremely grateful,” Joyner said. “Like coaching, having a talented team makes things easier, and I have a great staff and a great group of coaches that all chip in to make our program run smooth.”

Joyner has been JCSU’s athletic director since April 2005, promoted from the assistant’s slot. He also is men’s basketball coach, completing his 22nd season.

In addition to winning his third CIAA crown (2001, 2008, 2009), Joyner earned his 400th career victory during the CIAA tournament against Shaw University in the tournament quarterfinals. In recognition of his career achievements, the National Association of Basketball Coaches have him its NABC Honor Award during the NCAA Final Four.

Joyner earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from JCSU and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Virginia State University.

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