HALL OF FAME AWARDS LUNCHEON
JOHN CLUNE :
(Monday, June 10, 1:00 -2:30 P.M. )
I am John Clune from the Air Force Academy, your current president. We have a very full program today, so without further ado, I'm going to ask Bill Carr, athletic director from the University of
Florida, to give the invocation.
Father, we thank You for the opportunity to join together today in the celebration of the joy of intercollege athletics. Help us to remember that our lives are Your gift to us and what we do with our lives is our gift to You. Bless this food to our bodies and us to Your service we pray. Amen.
Given the discussion that occurred last hour, I know each of us understands priority, and our speaker for today, Trace Caulkins, fr~m the University of Florida, has to return to our campus so that she can wrap up some of her final efforts in obtaining her Bachelor of Science Degree in journalism. It is a great privilege for me to be able to introduce to you Tracy Caulkins. You can look in your program today and see a list of her accomplishments as an athlete. I will sum that up in one sentence. She very simply is the finest swimmer in the history of our country and probably of the world. She holds more records than any individual in the sport of swimming and she has accomplished more than you can imagine. We are very proud of the fact, however, that Tracy Caulkins is not just a great athlete. Tracy is a great person and I think, more than anything else, the greatest quality that Tracy has is the fact that she is just herself; a
very unpretentious young lady with high standards and goals for her future that will serve her well for a lifetime. She will be leaving us immediately after her comments today so that she can catch a flight back to Florida. Without further ado, I would like to introduce to you, Tracy Caulkins, the finest swimmer in the history of our nation.
TRACY CAULKINg :
Thank you. I hope I'm not disrupting this Awards Luncheon today. I do have to get back and I promise I will make a good grade on my test tomorrow. I would like to congratulateNACDA for its 20th anniversary
and I'd especially like to congratulate all of the inductees into the Hall of Fame today. This is something that you can be very proud of for your contribution to intercollegiate athletics.
It was a challenge for me to decide what I could say to so many of you out there, because as an athlete I wasn't always aware of what went on in the administrative aspect of collegiate athletics. Now that I've ended my career, I can say that it was much appreciated, and on behalf of all the student-athletes allover the country, where you are all from, even though they may not say it, I know it is appreciated. We
wouldn't be able to compete or receive our degrees unless you are there to support us. It is an honor for me to have the opportunity to speak to you today. I would like to share with you some of my experiences in intercollegiate athletics. I am very proud to have the opportunity to represent the University of
Florida and at the same time receive an education. Because intercollegiate athletics is an integral part
of education, just as swimming has been a very big part of my life, it's something that I found that I did well; something that I loved to do and, therefore, it was important. As education was important to me. Both of my parents are involved in education. My mother is a high school teacher and my father was an administrator. At a very young age they instilled this importance in me and my brother and sister.
At the University of Florida, I was fortunate to be able to combine the two; athletics and education. I remember entering college as a freshman, and first of all, it was an adjustment for me to be away from
home for the first time. Then I had to deal with about 32,000 other students in registration, finding my
dorm, making it to swim practice and finding all my classes. It really is an adjustment for young students. Although we don't expect special privileges as student-athleties, I think we are special and there are special needs that should be met. I think those needs are scheduling our classes so we can make it to swim practice or football practice or golf practice; being able to miss some classes due to competition and many other things. But, I think that often too much is done for us. I know it's much appreciated and sometimes too
many things are handed to us, and when we do receive our degree or go onto professional sports or whatever our future holds, we are not used to dealing with those responsibilities. But, I'm not here to criticize the administrative portion. I'm here to just shart with you some of the things that have had a positive
impact on my athletic career. In 1972, as a nine-year old, I remember watching the Olympics on television. Our family was glued to the television, cheering on the Americans. Watching that, I looked to my mother
and said, "that's what I want to do. I want to go to the Olympics." After many years of hard work, that dream became a reality this past summer, and if it wouldn't have been for collegiate athletics, I don't
think that would have been the case. I was able to continue my athletic career at the University of Florida, to a degree which would help me in international competition. At the same time, I was receiving an education.
As a freshman at the University of Florida, they stressed the need for academics. Theyemphasized my being a student-athlete. Now I'm just a plain student, but at the time I entered the University of
Florida, that really stuck in my mind. I think some of the athletes don't take it seriously enough and that can be a problem. I think the burden should be upon us to receive our degree. For you, a challenge would
be to recruit athletes who have this in mind; athletes who want to receive an education and at the same time represent their universities.
Athletes must use their time wisely in college. They must handle the pressures of time and going to classes and practices. I think through athletics, they learn to use their time wisely and when they are on a schedule, they do learn how to handle pressures and academic events. I've learned so much through athletics. I think it's helped. I think now that I'm no longer actively swimming, I can use so many things that I've learned through my swimming career. We're in a time where things are changing more rapidly than
any time in history, especially for our generation. There is technology. The opportunites for young men and women are now, and we're right in the middle of this big change. The only thing that is certain for us is
that tomorrow will be as different as today is different from yesterday. But, it will also be exciting all of us; for the adventurous in our group.
At the same time, I say that the only certainty is change, I know that's not entirely true, and I'd like to share with you some things that don't change. Those are the fundamentals. One important fundament is recognizing that a vital importance in life is balance -balance to you folks is important. You have large budgets, anywhere from $50,000 to $5,000,000 and you know the importance of balancing that and balancing all your programs to meet the needs of all your students. Balance is also remembering what is important; just using your intelligence to prioritize, which sometimes is difficult for the younger generation, and especially for a collegiate athlete. I've always felt that you can receive a really good balance if you prioritize in both those categories. I know many athletes dropped out of college to train for the Olympics, and I chose not to do this because I felt that at the university, I received a good balar socially, academically and athletically. For me that was very important. When one was going well, they all seemed to be going well. So, I think that was a real key in my success. Sometimes there is the conf1J and sometimes the athlete will skip a class in order to go to practice rested. But we need to really try and instill in the athletes that they can receive a balance and they should use their priorities and place them in the right order.
Balance is also finding time to be with loved ones and using that time well. Sometimes your job may take precedence over your family, and I know that it's very important. You need to make time to spend with your loved ones, because they are very important. I once had a little girl ask me how many people
it takes to win an Olympic Gold Medal. Everyone laughed at first, but then I realized that was a very gO( question, because you can't do it alone. I think one incident that sticks out in my mind that demonstratE this need for others is probably the most memorable and most special moment for me at the Olympic Games. came after I won my first Gold Medal in the 4OO-individual medley, something that I'd dreamed of for so long. In the awards ceremony, they march you around the stands up to the victory platform. On that marc! I saw friends any my high school P.E. teacher. I saw my coach from the University of Florida, my teammatE and my family. As I stood on that victory platform, after being awarded a gold medal, I realized that I I not only there for my country and for myself, but for those who had helped me along the way. I couldn't sing the National Anthem for the lump in my throat, but when it was over, I turned around and the first people who I saw were my parents and my sister. My sister was in tears and right then that was the most special moment for me, because they shared a part of those gold medals. Everyone who has been behind me in my athletics and academics has shared, because they are the reason that I am the way I am. They have contributed to my success.
Balance is also devoting time to the community to give back some of what has been so graciously gi' to us. I think this is another important aspect of balance, and that's one of the reasons I am here todl The University of Florida has been very good to me and I've had a great experience there. Collegiate athletics has been a key in my success, as I said earlier, and you need to take time to give back to the people that give so much to you. I've been doing quite a bit of that lately, because it's been real spec to me in my swimming and my academics.
Another fundamental is commitment. You each have a commitment to your schools and to your academic and athletic programs. That's important. It's a willingness to take it upon yourself to work toward
your goals. I learned much through swimming to set goals and also to set very high goals for myself. As a matter of fact, I don't think I ever achieved a goal time that I had in mind. I did have a goal to go
to the Olympics and to win the gold medal, but I wanted to go a little bit faster. I think it's importan to set ambitious goals for yourself and for your department; for your community, because people fall shor of their capacity to achieve simply because they set their sights too low. It just shows you that you do need to set high goals and to struggle and to reach for those goals.
So we set high goals and someitmes we don't reach those goals. But, that's not the important thing, and I don't think that the end result is the important thing. The important thing is to struggle. I'm always reminded of the Olympic Creed when I say that, and the Olympic Creed says that the important thin: in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to have struggled. That is so important, because for me, even if I would have gone to the Olympics and it didn't matter how many gold medals I came home with, I had the opportunity to compete in athletics. I think that the Olympics was most special just participating; not even winning. The Creed goes on tosay that the most important thing in life is not to triumph, but to have struggled. We all need to know that the struggle builds character and strength. That's something that I've always tried to live by and not be so content with the things that I've done, but to continue to set goals and to struggle.
Athletes face a great deal of pressure from our coaches, our fans, our friends and families. I thin: much of the pressure is placed upon ourselves. At the Olympic Games, before my first race, I was so nerv, I like to get nervous before I compete, but I think I was placing too much pressure on myself. My coach Randy Reese, came up to me and said we would meet before I went over to the ready ring. He knew that I w, nervous and placing a great deal of pressure on myself. I thougtthe was going to come and give me a stra talk. He came up to me and gave me a kiss and said, "have fun." At that moment, all the pressure was relieved and I realized that it was just another swim meet' although it was the Olympic Games, I was the
to have fun and to enjoy the experience.
That's another important thing for all of us to remember. Have fun and enjoy it along the way, as you struggle, and not to lose sight of why you are there. These fundamentals can be one thing that can provide stability. Balance through prioritization produces time and effort for others and also importantly for yourself. Commitment is setting goals and striving toward those goals and struggling toward those goals. Have a positive attitude and have fun while you are working toward your goals. Now that I am no longer swimming, I'm having the opportunity to apply the things that I've learned through swimming into other areas of my life. It's challenging for me, and I keep trying to remember not to get frustrated. It takes a great deal of hard work as a student and an athlete. I'm receiving my degree in a few weeks and that's something that all along I wanted to work toward.
Fortunately, at the university, I had a great deal of help. There are many students who go there. Making the adjustment is very difficult in itself, but I had a team to help me. I had an older sister at the university, the academic counselors helped greatly, the administrators, Bill Carr and his staff have been real supportive of our athletics, and specifically of our swim ptogram. Sometimes you wonder, in such a large school as Florida, being far away from home, if there really is anyone who cares. There are people who care. For an athlete, that's comforting.
I've seen growth in collegiate athletics, just in the four years that I've been involved, especially for women. We had many collegiate athletes who were members of all sporting teams in the Olympic Games. Th~t says a great deal f~r the collegiate programs. You people should be credited for that. You are the people behind it. This morning I remember Jack Davis saying that there is strength in unity and you are that strength. You provide it for the student-athletes. It can help our youth strive toward goals and give them direction which is so needed in these changing times.
So, I hope today I've been able to share some of my experiences and some things that I think we as athletes can live by, and you, as administrators, can live by. In order to work together, it's very important that we remember to create a balance in our lives. Again, I would like to congratulate the inductees and thank you all for having me here to speak with you. It's been an honor.
JOHN CLUNE :
Thank you very much. Tracy. I think it's important for all of us involved in athletics to be reminded every once in awhile that athletics is part of the educational process. Tracy is living proof of that. I also know that Tracy will get an A tomorrow because she is a fast learner. At this time. I would like to introduce the head table. Normally. people tell you to hold your applause until the introductions are done. I'm not going to do that. If you want to applaud. go crazy. They deserve it. especially the first
individual I'd like to introduce. because he runs the show. He's NACDA really. and he's done a great job; our executive director Mike Cleary on the end; next. the national account manager for National Car Rental.
he is a co-sponsor of today's luncheon. Tim Simmons; and now some of our Past Presidents. from the University of Utah. 1971-72 Past NACDA President. Bud Jack; University of Illinois. 1972-73 Past President Cecil Coleman; Purdue University. 1982-83. George King; my old coach. William & Mary 1979-80. Past President Ben Carnevale; Past President last year. Bob Karnes. Drake University. 1983-84; next. from the University of Connecticut. 1980-81 Past President John Toner. And now some of our Officers. the first vice president from the University of New Hampshire is Andy Mooradian; Georgia Tech. second vice president. Dr. Homer Rice; University of Missouri. my Irish traveling buddy. third vice president Dave Hart; and our secretary. Vinnie Cullen. Rhode Island Community College; also down on the end. a couple of Past Presidents. University of Washington. 1981- 82. Past NACDA President Mike Lude.
I would also like to make one other special introduction at this time. Many of you have come up and asked us if we were going to do something special for Marge Fieber. She has retired from the NCAA. We are not going to give her any special type of retirement award, because she is not retiring from NACDA. She's been with us 20 years and she's going to be with us another 20 years. She does a great job for us. I'd like her to rise at this time and give her a standing ovation. I did overlook one person on the dais, Past President Bob Bronzan from San Jose State, 1967-68. At this time I would like to ask Mike Lude to come up and conduct the awards portion of our program.
In your printed programs you'll find material. I don't want you to look at it or read it now. I want you to take it home with you and read it very carefully, because you'll find all of the details of the accomplishments and contributions of the 12 people who are seated in front of you today. I'm going to do this a little bit differently. I want you to join with me in some of the highlights of the careers and thoughts that we have about these very special people. As I call your name, I would appreciate your standing to receive your award.
James G. (Jim) Barrett, Oregon State University; for ten years he served with distinction as director of athletics at his alma mater, Oregon State University. He was the leader and a significant contributor
while a member of the powerful NCAATelevisionCommittee for seven years, and after making a career change in 1975 to the travel industry, he has become an owner of one of the largest travel services in the state of Oregon. Ladies and gentlemen, an inductee into your 1985 class of NACDA Hall of Fame, James G. (Jim) Barratt.
Gene Bourdet, San Diego State University; Mr. Bourdet has contributed greatly to the athletic adminis. tration profession at three universities. He served at Montana State University for 13 years, Fresno StatE University for 9 years and San Diego State during the past 9 years. Gene Bourdet has always been a doer, ! leader, an individual who has served his universities with great distinction. Thomas P. Day, president of San Diego State University, said of Gene, that his influence on the athletic program at that university has been indeed monumental. Ladies and gentlemen, your 1985 Hall of Fame inductee, Gene Bourdet.
Dick Clausen, University of Arizona; we are honoring this former head football coach and administrator at the University of New Mexico. Dick spent 10 years at two institutions prior to a 14-year tenure as director of athletics at the University of Arizona. Mr. Clausen was one of the founding fathers of our professional organization, NACDA. He served on the original planning committee that set the pace for
this organization. We are indeed thankful to him for that. Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to present t you, a new inductee into your Hall of Fame, Dick Clausen.
William (Bill) Grice, Case Western Reserve University; I spoke to you before we started. but you should re; the biography on Bill. slowly and analytically. The program material regarding this inductee is absolutel fantastic. Bill Grice really and truly has been there. He has left his mark on athletics from North Carolina to Cleveland, Ohio. He's contributed heavily to the coaching and the administrative professions of intercollegiate athletics. Ladies and gentlemen. your Hall of Fame 1985 inductee. William (Bill) Grice.
James B. Higgins. Jr., Lamar University; For 10 years Mr. Higgins was the highly respected and successful football coach at Lamar University. He followed that by 22 highly-productive years as director of athleti, at the same institution. As a result of his leadership. the Southland Conference was formed. Coach Higgil is such an outstanding team player that Lamar University will not allow him to retire. He has been asked to continue as its faculty representative. Ladies and gentlemen, NACDA's 1985 Hall of Fame inductee. Jame, B. Higgins, Jr.
Thomas Shanty Hogan, Phoenix College; I'm especially pleased and it is my privilege to present Mr. Thomas Hogan as an inductee in NACDA's Hall of Fame. I have known Shanty for 24 years. For 10 years coach HogaJ was a highly-successful high school coach. He then spent 26 years making the athletic program at Phoenix College one of the most respected in the field of community college education. Shanty contributed greatl: to NACDA as a member of the Executive Committee, which we are all very, very thankful. Ladies and gentl~ I'm proud to present to you a new inductee into our Hall of Fame, Thomas Shanty Hogan.
George C. McCarty, University of Texas at El Paso; Mr. McCarty has had a significant impact on the format and development of the Western Athletic Conference. Making it one of the top associations of universitiei within the NCAA. George has been a special administration person. He served the University of Texas at El Paso as director of athletics, assistant to the president, dean of men and head basketball coach. He contributed greatly to the positive growth of that university. For 21 years Mr. McCarty was there. He followed those two decades by spending 8 years as a director of athletics at the University of Wyoming. This man has contributed significantly to many NCAA and Western Athletic Conference committees. George il a very productive fund raiser for John Bridgers at the University of New Mexico. Ladies and gentlemen, please salute your 1985 NACDA Hall of Fame inductee, George C. McCarty.
Fred L. Miller, Arizona State University; there are several inductees today who provide me with a special pleasure of making their introductions, and Fred Miller is one of them. Mr. Miller has been a football coach, an athletic director at California State University at Long Beach. He was also a directo of intercollegiate athletics at Arizona State University. Fred was a most creative person within the Pac another professional organization of NACDA. Mr. Miller served this organization as its president during 1978-79. Fred is presently a consultant for ESPN television, in addition to working as a member of the Arizona State faculty. The man you are honoring today is a true friend of college athletics and we are very fortunate to be the benefactors of his continued good efforts and contributions into our profession. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Fred L. Miller into NACDA's Hall of Fame.
A. B. Morris, Abilene Christian; It is not something new for the name of A. B. Morris to surface as a H Fame inductee, for already Mr. Morris has been enshrined in his alma mater, Texas A & M Hall of Fame, a the NAIA Hall of Fame. By inducting A. B. Morris into the NACDA Hall of Fame, it provides an additiona touch of class for all of those whd have previously been tendered that honor; yes, and for all of those the 1985 class, and for all of those who will follow. You only have to read a summary of the accomplis of this great man in your luncheon program to realize what a giant he was in intercollegiate athletics. Ladies and gentlemen, accepting this posthumous honor on behalf of Asbury Bratten Morris is his son,
Charlie. A very important postscript of that is that Charlie is an associate director of the NAIA.
Richard H. (Dick) Perry, University of Southern California; I've never been so lucky and fortunate in the Pac 10 Conference for 9 years to be able to be associated with this inductee. Therefore, I can tell you firsthand that no one deserves the rights, privileges and honors pertaining to the induction into the NACDA Hall of Fame more than Dr. Perry. Dick has had a most distinguished career as a college student, aE a college student-athlete, coach, administrator and educator. This man continues to put back into the system through his special ability as a teacher, so much that makes our profession one of continuous development, onward and upward. Richard Perry honors all of us today by accepting our inclusion of him in the 1985 class of inductees into NACDA's Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. Richard H. (Dick) Perry.
Mona Plurnmer, Arizona State University; When we're looking for a role model as a coach and administrator for women's athletics, no one needs to search or ponder where to start, or where to finish the research; just review the career and the accomplishments of Mona Plumrner. I knew Mona and she was one fantastic
lady. All of us who knew and had the privilege of sharing professional relationships with her are generally more enriched. We all owe so much to Mona for her contribution to athletics in a wide variety of areas.
How many of you, for that matter, in fact, how many anywhere, can equal a coaching record of 181 victories and 3 defeats in dual meet competition. Mona has left a most positive standard for all primary women administrators to follow, and might I add, not only for PWAs, but for any person in the athletic administra- tion profession. Ladies and gentlemen, accepting this posthumous award as an inductee into your NACDA Hall of Fame will be her daughter Kim; Mona Plurnmer.
Lee Williams, Colby College; It is a rare privilege when a person such as ~ke Lude has an opportunity to introduce so many superstars in our profession, and especially being one he has worked with in a direct relationship. I first met Lew Williams in 1949 when I was a new coach at the University of Maine. He was without question the best basketball coach in New England. Mr. Williams has left his footprints as an outstanding basketball coach and athletic director at Colby College. Lee is a great president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and for the past 20 years, has been the prime mover for the Nasmith Basketball Hall of Fame. He served as its executive director. It is only fitting that Lee is the anchor person of this l2-member team, being inducted as a member of your 1985 class of the First Interstate Banks, NACDA Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Lee Williams.
Ladies and gentlemen, responding
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Thank you, Mike. Ladies and gentlemen, our guests, it is a distinct pleasure to speak on behalf of the honorees, and I think it's especially unique for me to share the dais with many, many friends. On a personal note, I do, indeed, miss Mona Plurnmer's presence. She was a force in athletics and it's a persona: loss to all of us. The very fact that you see fit to honor us, is in essence honoring yourself. We are
and have been only as good as the fact that we interface with you; the fact that you have provided us the tools and paths to at least have been fortunate enough to have received this particular honor. We share this award with families and friends and the t~bles that are up front because they've stood by us as
we've gone through these particular trying times in intercollegiate athletics. I think that athletic directors, by and large, are truly problem solvers and that is the nature of your particular job. That fabulous lady that I've lived with for some 28 years has drug me off to listen to a philosopher on a
Friday night before a Saturday night football game, and what he said to me and to her was that you are really involved with process. The process you're involved in becomes content, and once you've arrived at the content, the content in itself is process.
You are in a tremendously demanding job. Many people say, "aren't you glad you are out of it;" not necessarily so. You are involved in a fascinating dance, solving problems. That in itself is the proce: and once those problems become solved, you'll have other problems to meet, and that becomes the content. We don't really understand where content and process end up, except that we underplay them, back and for We feel that at the head table, some of us perhaps might be out of the problem solving business. I
don't know if that's totally accurate. We know that we may be out of the process, being involved in the intercollegiate athletic scene, but thanks to you for honoring us, we truly feel that we are still part
of the content. Collectively, we thank you for this particular honor. Thank you.
Thank you very much. I would like to ask for one final round of applause for our inductees. Congratu- lations. It truly is a great team that we put together this year Mike, no doubt about it. It is a custom for our final item on the agenda, that the present president gets to present the past president with a cLock in appreciation for his efforts, both as an Officer and up through the presidency. On behalf of NACDA,
I take this opportunity to make this presentation to Bob Karnes. Thank you again for all you've done for NACDA, and will continue to do for us. I hope you like this new format where following the luncheons you can go back to the pool or the tables or what have you. Thank you.