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All Sports - Fri, Sep. 15, 2017

Dave Bass, assistant professor in the VCSU School of Education and Graduate Studies, has been named the 2017 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Wally Schwartz Faculty Athletics Representative of the Year, the NAIA announced Friday.

Bass has served as VCSU's FAR for more than 20 years, acting as a liaison between the athletic department and the institution as well as handling eligibility and academic questions. Bass will be presented with the national award at the NAIA Convention next April in Kansas City.

"Dave is dedicated to the success of the student-athletes at VCSU and in the NSAA," said VCSU athletic director Jill DeVries. "He is without a doubt the 'go-to guy' for eligibility questions and compliance at Valley City State and many other NAIA institutions."
Bass is also the NSAA eligibility chair and the FAR liaison to the NSAA Board of Directors. He has served 10 years as the eligibility chair for three difference conferences. At the national level, Dave has served four years on the NAIA Council of FARs, and five years on the Learning Disability Advisory Committee. Prior to taking over as VCSU's FAR, Bass coached Viking track and field and cross country from 1981-91.

At VCSU, Bass consistently goes above and beyond his official duties as FAR to help Viking coaches and student-athletes succeed.

"He is instrumental to our success during the recruiting process and one of the biggest supporters of all the programs and student-athletes at Valley City State," said DeVries. "We are proud that he is a Viking."

Bass was previously named the North Star Athletic Association FAR of the Year in 2015 and 2016. This is the first time he has received the national award.