Fox named MCCAA Athletic Director of the Year
By Natalie Shirvanian
Schoolcraft College’s Director of Athletics, Sidney Fox, was named Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Athletic Director of the Year for 2014-15. Fox was chosen out of 19 community college Athletic Directors and becomes the second recipient of this award at Schoolcraft bestowed upon by the MCCAA. The first being former Athletic Director Ed Kavanagh in 2002.
“It caught me by total surprise; I didn’t know what to say,” Fox said.
Schoolcraft’s Men’s and Women’s Bowling coach Patrick Yeslik added that Fox commits himself to his staff, faculty and student athletes, on and off off the playing field. Fox directs six men’s teams and seven women’s teams, two of which he officially added last Winter semester: baseball and softball.
Under Fox’s leadership during the 2014-15 academic year, Schoolcraft sent six teams to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship Tournaments. Men’s Soccer, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Bowling and Women’s Bowling all qualified for the NJCAA National Tournaments. In addition to these team accomplishments individual runners in women’s cross country qualified for to the National Tournament, as well.
Although there have been many successes in athletics, Fox also has been instrumental in leading students to succeed in the classroom.
“He [Fox] expects them to lead in the classroom as they do on the field,” said Men’s and Women’s Bowling head coach Patrick Yeslick.
Prior to his hire in 2005 at Schoolcraft, Fox began his career as an athletic director at Roeper School for the Gifted in 1966. He then moved his talents to the collegiate level at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Herkimer County Community College in Herkimer, NY before his journey landed him at Schoolcraft.
“It’s been beneficial watching him operate on a daily basis. The support he gives the coaches and athletes has been unparalleled,” said Yelsik.
Fox has influenced and guided athletes and staff, keeping them motivated with his knowledge and enthusiasm for Ocelot pride. He is looking forward to another successful year, continuing the tradition at Schoolcraft.