Dear Friends of NYIT Athletics,
Academic excellence, social development, and high-quality athletic participation are the motivating tenants for NYIT’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation. The department and our student-athletes continue to shine in activities both on and off the field.
Looking back on the past year, our programs continue to excel in the classroom, in the internal and external community, and within their respective sports.
A total of 85 student-athletes were named to the fall 2011 Athletic Directors’ Honor Roll, and this past spring, more than 100 student-athletes, parents, faculty members, and administrators attended the recognition ceremony. The program continues to bridge the gap between athletics and academics, and the record-setting attendance is a clear indication of its increasing popularity.
The Bears Care Community Service program, in which each NYIT team serves the community throughout the year, continues to exceed all expectations. Our “Night Out on the Bears” community engagement event—where parents from the local community leave their child/children in the care of NYIT student–athletes and staff for an evening of education, activities, and healthy eating—has grown in popularity and scope, becoming a benchmark for the department. For the second straight year “Night Out on the Bears” served more than 130 children. Additionally, NYIT student-athletes participated in 2,290 hours of community service. All of these efforts allow our student-athletes the opportunity to give back to the community at large.
I am extremely excited about the upcoming year. I look forward to interacting with each of you, discussing issues, planning for the future, and enjoying our many events. Life is a small window of opportunity and your college careers are a microcosm of your life experiences. It is therefore incumbent upon each of you to make the very best of the opportunity afforded to you as a collegiate student-athlete.
Please know that your academic success is our first priority. We, as an institution, will do everything within our power to create and sustain an environment that facilitates positive growth. Our efforts will be moot if you do not consistently manage your time and resources efficiently. It is, ultimately, up to you to find the right balance between your educational obligations, athletic commitments, and your social life. Please remember that our athletic administrators and coaches are here to help you in any way possible. Please don’t hesitate to approach or make an appointment with any of us for advice or assistance.
I am confident that the upcoming year will be an exciting and productive one for all.
On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and administration, thanks!
Clyde M. Doughty, Jr.
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation
About the Director
Clyde Doughty, Jr., has been at NYIT for 35 years, since the day he first attended a class at the Old Westbury Campus (1976). A native of Hollis, Queens, New York, Doughty attended Brooklyn Technical High School, where he played three seasons of varsity basketball.
He earned a scholarship to NYIT and during his basketball career, the Bears made it to the NCAA Tournament twice, losing in the championship game to Virginia Union in 1979-80. After graduating, Doughty became the academic advisor to student-athletes, and three years later, he became the Assistant Director of Athletics. In 1988, he succeeded Dr. William T. Lai as Director of Athletics.
Doughty currently oversees intercollegiate, recreational and intramural athletic programs at the Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses. He counts among his achievements enhancing the athletic department’s organizational structure and stability, and improving the academic performances of NYIT’s student-athletes. During Doughty’s tenure, the Bears have made numerous appearances in NCAA and ECAC post-season play. The men’s lacrosse team has won the NCAA National championship four times, 1997, 2003, 2005 and 2008, the ECAC Championship in 2001 and appeared in the NCAA championship game on two other occasions, 1994 and 2002. The men’s basketball team captured the ECAC championship in 1995, while the men’s track and field placed third at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1999 and second at the indoor championships in 2001.
Doughty, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, has two master’s degrees from NYIT: one in Human Resource Management and one in Human Relations.
Doughty has served as chair of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference’s men’s basketball committee, the men’s basketball chair of the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference, and was a member of the NCAA’s Northeast Men’s Basketball Regional Committee for three years. He was President of the NYCAC from 1994 through 1997, and was a member of the ECAC’s Executive Council from 1989 until 1992.
In January, 2001, Doughty was named to a four-year term as a member of the NCAA Division II Management Council. The council implements policies adopted by the NCAA Executive Committee and the Presidents’ Council, interprets Division II bylaws, and recommends the adoption of amendments and regulations regarding Division II athletics.
As part of his Management Council responsibilities, Doughty has served on two project teams and has been a member of the following committees: Budget and Finance, Championships, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Honors Committee.
In 2004, Doughty was selected by the National Athletic Directors Association (NACDA) as the Division II Northeast Region Athletic Director of the Year.
Doughty currently serves on the NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Group within the student affairs division. The group supports NCAA staff in the areas of education programs, health and safety and leadership development.
During his tenure Doughty has assisted in the development and implementation of the Bears Den fund raising club, the establishment of the Athletic Hall of Fame, the annual Bears Golf Outing, the Athletic Directors Honor roll, the BEARS mentor educational program, the Senior Awards banquet, the Bears Care Community Service program and the Night Out on The Bears community engagement program.
“I am honored that I have been able to sustain a very fruitful career at NYIT. I have been blessed to work with great individuals who have taken the time to help me mature as an administrator, mentor, parent and human being.”
Doughty resides in Wheatley Heights, NY, with his wife, Pamela, his mother, Ida, and three children: 31-year old Brandon, 24-year old Jessica, and 19 year old Andre.