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Dunphy nominated for 2020 National AD of the Year

Peoria High School Athletic and Activities Director Brien Dunphy is a finalist in the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) 2020 National Athletic Director of the Year. Dunphy is one of eight finalists nationwide. Finalists were chosen based on:

  • Tenure as an athletic director
  • Improvements in facilities
  • State, state qualifier and conference tournaments managed
  • Professional high school athletic service
  • High school athletic director honors received
  • Professional contributions made for national, state, regional or conference clinics or conferences
  • Education, training, safety and other types of programs developed or led at the state or local level.
  • The state association’s membership in NHSACA.

Dunphy has served as Athletic and Activities Director at Peoria High School since 2011. Prior to that he was Special Education/Vocational Coordinator and Manual High School and Woodruff High School. Over the course of his career he has coached cross country, track and football as well as managing track and cross country meets. 

Dunphy’s past awards and leadership positions include:

  • 2019 Illinois Coaches Association Athletic Director of the Year
  • 2018 Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Steve Kouri MVP Award
  • 2017-18 Big 12 Conference President
  • 2017-present IADA Host Committee
  • 2017 NHSACA Distinguished Service Award
  • 2017 NHSACA Host Committee
  • 2016-present NIAAA Scholarship Committee
  • 2015-present IHSA State Basketball Host Committee

The NHSACA 2020 National Athletic Director of the Year will be announced at the National COTY/AD of the Year Awards Banquet on July 23, 2020 in Lincoln, Nebraska.