South Dakota State Athletic Director Justin Sell is one of the best in the nation.

Sell is one of four recipients, in the Football Championship Subdivision, of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Overall, 28 Athletic Directors were honored. Winners will receive their awards on June 17 at NACDA’s 50th Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.

Award winners were selected based on the following criteria: service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NCAA, NAIA, etc.), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.

Sell has been at SDSU since 2009. During that time, the Jackrabbits have captured 21 regular and postseason league championships. The school has claimed the Summit League Commissioner’s Cup all-sports trophy three times (2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14), along with winning both the Summit League’s Dr. William Steinbrecher Men’s All-Sports Award and Dr. Helen Smiley Women’s All-Sports Award during the 2013-14 season.