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Jud Damon enters his 17th year as a collegiate director of athletics and his fifth year at Flagler College in that capacity.
He is the eighth athletic director at Flagler since the school began its athletics program in 1973-74.
In 2012-13, Flagler was presented with its unprecedented third consecutive Peach Belt Conference Sportsmanship Institution of the Year Award after three teams: softball, omen's golf and women's basketball were honored with team sportsmanship awards. The NCAA also recognized Damon with the Bob Frederick Award which is bestowed to one athletics director each year regardless of division who best exemplifies and encourages sportsmanship.
In 2011-12, Flagler defended its Peach Belt Conference Sportsmanship Institution of the Year Award as four teams earned team sportsmanship awards: men's cross country, men's and women's basketball and softball. Flagler finished No. 62 in the final Learfield Directors' Cup as it earned points from national tournament appearances by softball, women's tennis, volleyball and men's soccer. Volleyball, men's soccer and softball all made it to the elite eight. Flagler was well represented on the PBC's Presidential Honor Roll with 112 student-athletes making the grade.
In 2010-11, Flagler finished 49th in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, its highest finish since 2004-05 when it finished 22nd in the NAIA. Flagler earned the Peach Belt Conference's Institution of the Year award as six teams were honored with the league's Team Sportsmanship Award: baseball, men's golf, women's golf, women's basketball, volleyball and men's cross country. The Saints also placed nine teams in NCAA postseason play: volleyball, men's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf and softball. The volleyball team won its second consecutive regular and post-season tournament conference titles and the men's golf team won its first conference championship. Flagler also placed 82 student-athletes on the Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll. The baseball field was re-dedicated to Walter Irvine Drysdale and the stadium saw several improvements: a covered section next to the third base dugout, a new message center and brick work behind the backstop. Flagler Gymnasium received new scoreboards, a message center and competition lighting to meet NCAA regulations.
In his first year at Flagler, three teams (men's soccer, volleyball, and women's golf) won regular season and postseason titles as the college competed in its first season as a member of the Peach Belt Conference. Additionally, three teams (baseball and men's and women's basketball) were recognized by the conference with its Team Sportsmanship Award. Flagler also placed 90 student-athletes on the PBC Presidential Honor Roll which acknowledges excellence in the classroom and the playing field. Damon’s emphasis on athletics facilities enhancement has resulted in significant improvements to the Flagler Field Complex, Flagler Tennis Center, and Flagler Gymnasium. The Flagler Field Locker Room Facility, which officially opened in February 2011, houses a state-of-the-art athletic training room for the care and treatment of student-athletes, in addition to modern locker room facilities for Flagler’s baseball, softball, men’s soccer, and women’s soccer teams. Significant aesthetic improvements have also been made to Flagler Gymnasium and the Flagler Tennis Center.
Prior to his arrival at Flagler, Damon served as the athletics director at fellow Peach Belt Conference member institution Georgia College and State University (GCSU) in 2008-09. He served in the same capacity at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) from 2000-2008. He also served as the athletics director and head baseball coach at Trinity International University in Miami from 1997-2000.
In his stint at Georgia College, GCSU won its first-ever Peach Belt Conference Commissioner’s Cup while also landing more student-athletes on the PBC Presidential Honor Roll than any other member institution. The same year, nine-of-10 teams competed in NCAA postseason competition. Six-of-the-seven team sports produced winning records, with all but one finishing in the top three in the Peach Belt Conference.
In his eight years at SCAD, Damon saw 112 teams appear in the postseason. SCAD finished in the Top 20 of the NACDA Director’s Cup standings in each of Damon’s last four years there -- including an eighth place finish in 2007-08. He also led SCAD’s transition from NCAA Division III to the NAIA and membership in The Sun Conference (formerly known as the Florida Sun Conference) in 2003-04. In 2003, SCAD’s athletics department was honored at the NCAA National Convention with the Josten’s/National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators Community Service Award. His emphasis on student-athlete academic achievement led to over 100 student-athletes earning Academic All-District, Academic All-America or Scholar-Athlete during Damon’s tenure.
He began his career in collegiate athletics as an assistant baseball coach at UMass-Amherst, from 1990 to 1992. Prior to accepting his position at Trinity, Damon served as assistant general manager of minor league franchises in the Montreal Expos and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations. In 1998, he guided the Trinity International baseball team to the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament and set school records for wins in 1999 and 2000.
Damon earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts. He was inducted into the University of Pennsylvania Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Damon and his wife Catia have three daughters, Victoria, Abigail and Elizabeth.