HALL OF FAME AWARDS LUNCHEON
(Monday, June 9, 1986)
The first person I am going to introduce has some money in this luncheon, but don't give him any applause yet. Just save it for all of them at the end. The gentleman sitting next to Michael Cleary is Bob Vecchione. He is the National Accounts Manager with National Car Rental. He is the co-sponsor of today's luncheon along with Coors Brewery. Bob Vecchione. Bob, stand up and remain standing. That's probably why I'm not coaching any longer, I couldn't get the message across to the troops. You don't have
to applaud. The next is past president from 1967-68, Bob Bronzan from San Jose State University. The next person is past president in 1969-70, from Indiana University, Bill Orwig. The next is past president now
at San Diego State University. He was then at Arizona State University in 1978-79, Fred Miller. The next gentleman will be introduced later. I will skip him and I work down here from my left. On the far left
is Vinnie Cullen, who is the secretary for NACDA. He is from the Community College of Rhode Island. The ne one is the NACDA third vice president from the University of the Pacific, Carl Miller. Next to him is the past president who served during 1983-84 from Drake University, Bob Karnes. Adjacent to him is George King, past president from Purdue University. George's rein was 1982-83. Next to him is the past president for 1984-85, John Clune of the U.S. Air Force Academy, and next to him is our first vice president, Homer Rice who gave the invocation, from Georgia Tech. Next is the 1985-86 president, Andy Mooradian. Now, will you join me in a round of applause for these fine people.
You have already had the opportunity to hear an outstanding invocation from the man I am going to introduce. He will be next year's president and is currently first vice president of NACDA. A great friend of intercollegiate athletics, and a great friend of mine, Homer Rice.
Thank you Mike. The man who will be our speaker today, you can read about him in your program, Bill Curry. It tells about his career, a graduate of Georgia Tech, an outstanding student, captain of the 1964 football team under the legendary Bobby Dodd, and an all-pro center under people like Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers world champions and Don Shula, Baltimore Colts Super Bowl champions. He started his coaching career with Bart Starr and the Green Bay Packers. He became the head football coach at Georgia Tech in 1980. He was the Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year. He won the All-American Bowl and is outstanding in every way. This man has gone into every task as a student, an athlete, coach and individual as an underdog and yet he has achieved success in every task he has gone into. Number two, he really, truly cares about his players and he never sacrifices high principles. Their welfare is his first priority. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Bill Curry.
Thank you very much Homer. I am delighted to know that you still feel that way. I always love to hear what Homer is going say about anything, but particularly, what he is going to say about me has special interest. Homer is the son of a Methodist minister. I grew up a Presbyterian and I married a Methodist
girl, and we did one of those marital compromises. I joined the Methodist church. It was real simple and clean. I know that everybody here is very excited to hear a long pep talk from a football coach with
that beach out there, so I am going to take my watch off. I wanted you to know that I'm a Methodist because I went to school and church with a Baptist friend not long ago, and the preacher made a great elaborate show of taking his watch off and sitting it on the pulpit. I learned over and asked what that meant. Nothing at all. We will not be here long. I'm anxious to get out there to the beach too. I mentioned that I married this Methodist girl. She is on the beach right now, which tells you how excited she is about hearing me spea We've had II wonderful years of marriage and I feel like II out of 23 is pretty good.
I'm deeply humbled about this opportunity to be here with you today; to be introduced by my boss who is one of the finest human beings I've ever known. One of his few frailties is that he always leaves out
some of the most important things when he introduces me. I feel compelled to tell you because we are in the midst of such a sophisticated group as you certainly are, that I am actually a very famous person in some way: Dr. Rice refuses to include that on my resume or when he introduces me. He never brings it up. But you see, 1 picture has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated on two occasions, and I figured that you probably didn't know that. I figured I would tell you that so you could be duly impressed. I was an offensive center, and you ladies who don't follow football, that's the fool in the middle with his head between his legs. Iought to also tell you that the first time they put my picture on the cover, they allowed our quarterback with
the Packers, Bart Starr, to be on there with me. The second time they put my picture on the cover of Sports Illustrated, I had moved on to the Baltimore Colts, and they allowed the quarterback there, a fellow named
Johnny Unitas, be on there with me at that time. With the part of my anatomy that was visible, my mom and my wife were the only people who knew who I was. So, there are some parts of me that are real famous and I thought that you would all want to know that.
It is intimidating to be here in front of so many of my heroes. I have admired Mike Lude for so many years. I got off the airplane yesterday with John David Crow, who was one of my heroes when I was a little kid. I watched him at Texas A & M and played against him many years in the NFL. I met Coach Frank McGuire. Everybody here is a hero. It's intimidating to stand up here and I mean that sincerely. But I have had experience at this before. I'm going to do the best I can because I've been through this several times
before. In 1975, for instance, I was asked to speak to a club called the Conquistadores in Tucson, Arizona. I had never heard of it, real fancy sports club. I had just served as president of the National Football League during the longest strike in the history of professional football; president of the NFL Players Association, I should correct myself. I was at the height of my popularity when I got off that airplane. I should have known that it was going to be a difficult situation when the fellow who met me at the airport said there were a lot of famous folks in town, but he had to pick me up. I said I was awful glad to meet you too. We got to this huge arena where about 1,500 very impressive people, not unlike this, were in this beautiful convention center there in Tucson. Jim Simpson was to be the MC. He met me at the door with a very nervous expression on his face. He said, "Bill, I've never heard you speak but this is going to be a tough evening." I said, "What do you mean?" He said, "you are going to be the last guy on the main part of the program and there are a bunch of impressive people who are going to speak in front of you. You might need to think about tailoring your remarks." That is a polite way to tell an offensive lineman, don't- make a fool of yourself like you usually do. So, I sat down and sure enough at the head table when I walked in I realized that it was going to be tough because there sat Joe Garagiola and Duffy Daugherty. They were to be the first two speakers. What I didn't realize, as the people filed in round tables like this out here, is everybody who
sat down was another famous person. Simpson leaned over to me about half way through the meal and said, "you know everyone of these people are going to make a speech before you do." We heard speeches from
Lawrence Welk, Maury Wills, and Evel Knievel in succession. He goes through all 25. They all make speeches and then finally, Garagiola is introduced and we were to have 20 minutes for three main speakers. Joe was great. He took his 20 minutes and sat down to a standing ovation. Duffy Daugherty, and any of you who know Duffy will know that he took 45 minutes for his 20 minutes, was great too and he sat down. Well by now I'm pumped and I'm ready to get up there and do my part, but the organizer said, "Son, just keep your seat. We've got a little surprise for the group." With that the lights went down and music began to play this tune that
I didn't recognize until the spotlight went on the farthest door. Bob Hope walked in. Bob Hope walked in to a standing ovation. The lights were brought up and he did 15 minutes of his career best. The lights went down, he walked out the spotlight and the Bob Hope theme song, they brought the lights up and Simpson stood up and said, "Now I would like to turn the program over to Bill Curry."
So, I told those people the same thing I'm going to tell you. I was a Methodist convert. I even went to a Methodist school of theology there in Atlanta. I studied how Methodists did things, and it was
appropriate training because Methodist ministers are rotated about every three or four years; a whole lot like football coaches. I was interested to see how that worked. This one old boy immediately caught my eye because he was just like me. He had no talent. It took him forever to learn anything. If he had been a football player he would have been an offensive lineman, but he finally finished school and went after his first church down in south Georgia. Folks are real blunt in our state, and like I say, normally we rotate about every four years with our ministers, but his congregation got together at the end of one year and they voted unanimously for him to move on early, which he did. That didn't bother him until it happened eight times in a row. When
it happened after the eighth time, his congregation was having yet another meeting, and he just started to pack his bags. An old fellow who normally would go to church with him came by and he said, "I know why you are here I'm tired of being kicked around. I'm going to just quit. I'm going to leave. You don't even have to tell me." He said, "Oh no preacher, we want you to stay. We think you're great. We just voted unanimously for you to stay as long as you would like." He said, "I know I shouldn't ask a question like this, but what is it about me that made you want me to stay when nobody else wanted me? It had to be my Godliness or my great preaching or maybe my marvelous sense of humility. It had to be something special. He said, "We voted and it was unanimous; and what we decided was that we don't want any preacher around here and you are about the nearest thing to nothing that we can find."
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where
the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust, the sweat, the blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again
and again; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best in the end knows the triumph of high achievement and at worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place will never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. Those words were given to us by Theodore Roosevelt in the early part of this century. I am inspired by those words every time I read them or say them. He wrote them for every human being who dared to take on leadershiI I believe that he wrote them for every human being who ever falls into the cesspool of self-pity while he or
she attempts to be the leader that God created us to be. I believe to be the most insidious force alive in our business today, and that is the apparent success of the cheaters.
I do not presume to come here and tell you how you should do in your business. That you have done so well for those of us who have benefited. I thank God every day for the work that you have already done.
One night it was very cold and clear. The child was excited. It was his opportunity. He had a difficult life. He was short and fat. The children at the school made fun of his physique. He had done poorly in the classroom and he had been called a problem child for most of his life. But the one thing that he could do on occasion was to stand up at his little church and sing a solo, and this was th~ Christmas concert. Well his time came and he stood there and he began. He was doing fine until he looked out and he sawa room not unlike this one, packed, standing room only. He had never seen so many people in his life in that little church, and it did to him what it would do to many of us. He panicked. He choked and he forgot the words. Well the wonderful choir director that had spent 10,000 hours working with the child was sitting where she could see his face. She was playing the piano. He stood beside the pulpit and so anticipating wha might happen as he faltered and forgot the words, she picked them up and began to sing. Everybody in the congregation with the exception of the terrified child and the wonderful choir director thought there was
a duet going on. But they knew. She knew, and as long as the child focused his attention on the object of his terror he could not remember the words. Her words did absolutely nothing for him, but, when he had the presence of mind to look into her face and when he felt her love and when he remembered that she was the one person in all the world who believed in him, then he took a deep breath and somehow he finished looking right into those wonderful eyes. So while her words did nothing for him, her presence did everything, because she exuded the warmth and the strength and the belief that he so desperately needed.
Now you don't know Mrs. Miriam Berry's name, but I do, because I was the kid. I was the short fat kid and Miriam Berry was a great coach and a great administrator. She loved me when I was unlovely and I'll neve forget it. Somebody has done that for you too, haven't they?
A few years later I had traveled from Atlanta, Georgia where I felt very secure, a thousand miles north to Green Bay, Wisconsin where I did not feel so secure. We had a coach by the name of Lombardi. He went to church every day. Bart Starr said, "I've worked for this man for three weeks and I realize that this man nee, to go to church every day."
He said, "Men, only three things matter in your life and three things only; in this order, your religion your family and the Green Bay Packers. You'll think of nothing else while you are here." As soon as we got
on the practice field he got real confused about the order of things. We had this one guy who intimidated me. He was the captain of the defensive team and he was an all-pro defensive end and he was big on picture day. They took group pictures of Willie Davis by himself. Willie Davis was not only big, but Willie Davis was smart. He was getting his master's degree at the University of Chicago in business. He was all pro and not only that, he was black. I had never been on a team with a black guy. I was as white an Anglo-Saxon Protestant as you can get from College Park, Georgia.
I was also the 20th round draft choice when they had 20 rounds. Can you imagine how I felt in Green
Bay, Wisconsin? I'm walking out of the dorm one night and this voice comes out of the dark. I just sat on
the ground. I thought it was God. Yes sir, dear God, it's Willie Davis. He's going to send me home before Lombardi even sees me. He said, "Bill, could you spend a little time with me?" I said, "Anything you say,
Mr. Davis." He said, "I would like to spend some time with you. I think you have a chance to help us. I thi1 you have some potential."
And do you know what he did? He sat down and for about an hour and then periodically thereafter, he loved me. How could he do that? He shared stories from his childhood; how his mother wouldn't even let him play football; how he went into the program with coach Robinson at Grambling State and learned self esteem and made it in the National Football League. He was traded by the Cleveland Browns and was so disappointed until this great man Vince Lombardi got a hold of him and moved him to defensive end. He told me how he had played in his first world championship game, and they lost to the Eagles in 1960. He said, "Bill, I walked off that field and I looked back out there and I saw the newspapers blowing around, but I knew there was more than newspapers on that field. There were regrets on that field, and I had left them there because
I had not given my best. I made up my mind that moment there will never be regrets on a football field again for Willie Davis."
I watched him practice and it was awesome. You know what they called him? Lombardi would be killing us yelling and screaming; it's 100 degrees; he turned to Willie Davis and he said, "How do you feel Willie?" Davis said, "Feel good man." I knew that old man didn't feel good. He was dying too, but he wouldn't
admit it. He was the greatest leader and football player that I had ever seen. It was his act of kindness; he loved me when I was unlikely to be loved by him. He didn't just help me make the team. I made the team because of Willie Davis and because of Bart Starr and a few others. He changed my life because he cared about me when nobody else could have from his perspective.
A few years later I was terrified again. I was a new head football coach at Georgia Tech and I
heard all of the stories about how Curry played for Lombardi and Bobby Dodd and Vince Lombardi and Don Shula and Chuck Knox and all of those great coaches. People were saying this is going to be a young
Bobby Dodd. a young Vince Lombardi. They said that until they sawour teams play. After we won two games out of 22 games they started to say some other things about me. I got up on Sunday mornings and Monday mornings and my heart was breaking because it was so embarrassing to be so bad. and this was my great opportunity. I was blowing it. What would the boss say? I'll tell you what the boss did. The boss called me in and he said. "Bill, just keep trying. I'm going to be by your side." Can you imagine what Homer Rice did for this terrified youngster in that instance?
What I am really trying to say to you is that we have a great opportunity, those of us that are
leaders, those of us who hold such great sway over the minds of youngsters. Great acts of kindness from uncommon sources, because great leaders understand that one must be a servant first. One must have mission and purpose and exude it all of the time. One must understand what a family really is, and when that happens, whether it's to a short fat Bill Curry or whether it's to a youngster who is undergoing culture shock because he's coming from another world to be a part of your program and try to make the best of himself or herself. Once that love and self-esteem is set in motion and the feeling begins to become a part of that human
being, there is a success force that is indefinable, but absolutely undeniable, through which young people become the best they can be, and that's what we are all about.
Right now we've got a lot of children who have forgotten the words. Our children have forgotten the words because they are so confused. We live in a day and age when things are changing. Ten percent of the United States is hooked on some chemical, drugs and alcohol; ten percent. Epidemic proportions make you realize that we are not just crying in the wind when we talk about drug testing in the NCAA. We are talking about the fabric of this society. This is important what we are doing. Young people live in a day and age where we tell them to be honest. We go to Sunday school and then their role model, the coach, says it's ok to cheat a little bit in recruiting so that we can win the games. What are we doing to the minds of young people? Can you imagine the controversy that is set off in the mind of a child when she or he finds that out from the role model?
There are smaller families. There is a higher divorce rate. There is more mobility in Atlanta, Georgia. There used to be something like four people per car on the freeway in the morning. Now, after the last
20 years, it's down to 1.9 people per car. If we keep going by the same trend, by the year 2020, out of every five cars on Atlanta's freeways, there will only be one driver and that's scary. We are mobile. We move
fast and guess what the number one cause of death is among teenagers? Drunk driving is number one. Did you know that? Guess what the number two cause of death is among teenagers? Suicide. Do you think we don't
have an awesome responsiblity? God knows we do. Our children need us in a manner that children have never needed us before. They need a face that says, "I love you. I believe in you. You are not pretty today, but I am going to stick by you and I am going to help you be the best that you can be."
To be a servant first is to understand what George Washington understood when he helped to build this country. According to a historian, General Washington, at the very moment that he felt he could turn the tide against the British, found himself with no guns, no butter, no bullets and no boots. So he figured out the best pep talk he could put together and he was going to use his great force of will and his rhetoric on his staff. So h.e assembled his men and he began to put it to them, but he looked down and saw stoney faces who
had heard too many pep talks. So in a moment of desperation, he went to plan B and he reached into his pocket and he pulled out a letter from a patriot who had inspired him just hoping he could reach his people. To
his horror when he looked at it he couldn't see it. So he was reduced to removing his spectacles from his pocket, which in the ISth century was not done. It was an admission of weakness. He said, "Gentlemen, I apologize. I'm deeply humbled, but it seems that in the service of our country, not only have I grown old and tired out but, I've grown blind." With that he looked back at the letter and attempted to read it. Nobody remembers what was in the letter, but according to the memoirs of General Washington, when he looked back at those stoney faces reticent with doubt, they were replaced by tears of empathy, because in his moment of weakness and need, he had created a bond that could have never been created by the force of rhetoric or his will.
We have never needed each other so much. We need those children and they need us. We need each other if we are to learn to be the servants that we need to be. Mission and purpose; Vince Lombard! understood mission and purpose. We had one particular game, 1965, we were the best team in football. We flew out to Los Angeles and we played the team that was supposed to be the worst team in football. They had a young
front four that nobody had heard of named Lamar Lundy, Deacon Jones, Merlin Olsen and Roger Brown. You heard of them later, didn't you? They ate us alive. We lost the game. It was a game we had to win. On the plane trip back after the game one of our players who was not particularly disturbed about the loss decided to sing a few songs. The coach heard him and didn't say a word. But I knew something was different Tuesday morning when we showed up for our meeting, because they threw the assistant coaches out of the room, locked all of the doors with us 40 players and there we were, with a terrifying presence, and he began to discuss this
player who had done the singing. He talked about his ancestry. He talked about the color of his lower spine.
He had a number of interesting points to make about this particular player and then he started in on the rest of us and began to tell us that we didn't care, and how we didn't deserve to be in the National Football League. I heard a rumbling in the back of the room and Forrest Gregg, who coincidentally is now the coach of the Packers, was on his feet. There were two people hanging on each arm and his face was the color of these napkins. He was onhisway to the front to kill Vince Lombardi. He said, "Don't you ever t about us like that coach." About that time our offensive captain Bob Skoronski was on his feet and said, "That's right," very distinguished gentleman and an all-pro player in his own right, "don't you dare talk to us like that Coach Lombardi."
The tide had been turned and I was sitting there with tears running down my face. I was one of the four rookies in the room and I was in mortal fear of what was going to happen. The table had been turned and the mutinous crew was about to attack the captain. You could feel the wheels turning in the great mind and Lombardi said, "All right, that's the attitude I'm looking for. Who else feels that way?" Well about that time, Willie Davis, who was the smartest guy on the team, had put himself inside his locker so the coach couldn't see his face. He was sitting in a metal folding chair kind of rocking back and forth, and a! luck would have it, just as Lombardi asked his big question, Willie lost his balance so that the chair went forward and he was launched onto his feet like he had been shot out of a cannon, and he said, "Yeah man, me too." But then he sat back down and the coach did an incredible thing because it mattered so much to him. I took what seemed like hours, but he went around to every face in that room who was a veteran. He passed the rookies. I guess we were all crying and maybe he was afraid we were going to have a heart attack, but 26 times he grabbed a veteran by his jersey and smash his face close to his and he says, "Do you want to win with me?" And the answer was the same, yes sir, every single time. Then he quietly walked back to the front of the room and he turned back to the terrified group and he said, "We will not lose another
game, and we will be the world champions." And we were, and the next year we were again and the next year again. I do not believe that was an accident.
Finally, the great leaders who have impacted me are the ones that I would hold up to you today. I want to close with this. Understand something that is the most powerful force potentially in the world today, and that is the power of a group of connected people who care about each other and don't care who gets the credit for the good things that happen. It is called a family in our terminology. A fifty-cent word that we use is synergism. It means that we perform better than we really should be able to perform because of this feeling. That is what every great unit, every great family, every great team I've ever beer a part of, has always had. The fourth quarter when it's 105 degrees and you've lost 12 pounds to dehydrati< and you can't put one foot in front of the other; and there is a minute and fifty seconds left and you are four points behind and eighty yards away; and they called the TV time out, there is no Super Bowl ring that is going to make you go again, and there is no orange Bowl ring and no national championship and $30,000 paycheck; especially when Dick Butkus is standing on the other side of the ball jumping up and down and has never been tired a day in his life. I do not want a Super Bowl ring and I do not want to run into Dick But! for the 75th time that day. He has already broken my nose and I've got so many reasons to feel sorry for myself and all I really want down deep in my guts is to quit. I look at that poor guy next to me in the huddle and because some coach has loved us enough to push us past our limit, time and time again, and becau! I know what he is going to do when the ball is snapped, I cannot let him down. I have found my motivation. So that at the end of that one minute and fifty seconds, win or lose, we can walk off that field and we can look each other in the eyes and we can know that in that moment we were the best that we can be. We were tl best that God made us to be, and not only that, but we hurdled and we knocked down all of those foolish barJ because it doesn't matter anymore whether he's black or white, or rich or poor, or liberal or conservative, male or female; it only matters that we are in this together and that is the power, that is the beauty of competitive athletics. That is the beauty of the church. That is the beauty of the family and more than e, we need to be a family here in this room for those children who need us so desperately. They have forgotter the words, but thank God we are here to provide them, if we will, be what we are supposed to be. Thank you so much for the privilege of being a small part of this gathering. It's a great thrill to be here. God blE you.
Your applause tells Bill Curry what you thought. Words that I would say would not even become equal to that. Nice going. Great going Bill. Now, the induction of the class of 1986 to the Hall of Fame. President Mooradian, are you ready?
Bernard "Ben" Carnevale, will you please stand? College of William and Mary. This man is one of
the most loyal individuals to and for intercollegiate athletics, to the coaching profession, to his former athletes and to his family, one could ever hope to know. I served as the second vice president of NACDA
in 1979 and 1980 when he was president. I marveled at his leadership and benefited by his examples. Ben was one of the nation's outstanding basketball coaches, having distinguished careers at the University of North Carolina and the United States Naval Academy. Following this, he was athletic director at NYU and si ten years as the athletic director at the College of William and Mary. He then became commissioner of the
Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South, and presently serves as consultant on intercollegiate
athletics at James Madison University. Please allow me to present, ladies and gentlemen, Bernard "Ben" Carnevale, your 1986 NACDA Hall of Fame inductee; Ben Carnevale.
Jay would you please stand? Edmund "Eddie" Coombs, Bowdoin College. Eddie Coombs dedicated more years to Bowdoin College than most of us commit to the total lifelong profession, 34 years. This man grew up in Booth Bay Harbor, Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1942. I knew Eddie Coombs personally, for you see, I coached at the University of Maine for two years and I had the opportunity to share many opportunities with him and learn greatly from him. I like and respected Eddie Coombs, the man you are honoring today. Let me say to you that Mr. Coombs was a giant in small college coaching and administration. Mr. Coombs was appointed athletic director in 1972 and served ten years, distinguished years I might add, in what the capacity was as athletic director at Bowdoin College. Eddie Coombs was a great coach, a great athletic director, a great man. Accepting posthumously for Mr. Coombs is Jay Burns, sports information director at Bowdoin College. Ladies and gentlemen, Edmund L. "Eddie" Coombs.
Tellis B. Ellis, Jackson State University. Although I do not know Mr. Ellis well, I do know very
well his fantastic accomplishments; his prestigious reputation and his distinguished career. Mr. Ellis grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and as a graduate of Jackson State University he also has advanced degrees from Morehouse College and Boston University. He began his head coaching career at Jackson State in 1939 as head football coach and head basketball coach. In 1946, Ellis was appointed athletic director. Coach Ellis was an outstanding educator. It is exemplified by serving as chairman of the university's physical education department. The Mississippi legislature granted him a special commendation for excellence in his profession. This is not his first induction into a hall of fame, for in 1974 he was inducted into the Jackson State University Hall of Fame. This man was the dynamic force at Jackson State University for 38 years. Ladies and gentlemen, I wish to present to you this afternoon, your 1986 inductee into your NACDA Hall of Fame, Tellis B. Ellis.
Betty Ann would you please stand? Jack Harding, University of Miami, Florida. To many of we former football coaches, we knew and respected him very, very much. Coach Harding became coach of the Hurricanes in 1937. Not only was he head football coach, but he was also director of athletics. Some of us can't
even handle one of those jobs. Jack was the architect of big time football at the University of Miami. He was the Hurricanes'head coach for nine seasons, facing absolutely unbelievable odds. Coach Harding
fashioned a much respected record as head coach of the University of Miami Hurricanes, closing out his coaching career of 54 wins, 32 losses and 3 ties. The whole complete broadbased program was born and developed under astute leadership of Jack Harding. Ladies and gentlemen, your 1986 NACDA Hall of Fame inductee, Jack Harding; accepting on his behalf here for her late father, Jack Harding's daughter, Betty Ann Parker.
Hugh David Hindman, Ohio State University. Hugh Hindman is a graduate of an outstanding university which has the distinguished reputation of being the cradle of coaches, Miami University of Ohio. Hugh was a
superior high school coach at Granville High School and Columbus North. In 1958 he became part of the college atmosphere as assistant football coach at Ohio University. In 1963, he joined Ohio State University. After 14 years, he joined the administrative side of the ball, and was one of the most respected directors of intercollegiate athletics this profession has ever known. Anyone who has known Hugh Hindman well knows how dedicated he was to the collegiate athletic scene. He always put more into the profession than the profession gave him. I'm a big fan of Hugh Hindman. He is my friend. He has been and is good for intercollegiate athletics. Please welcome into the NACDA Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 1986, Hugh David Hindman.
Robert E. Murrey, St. Louis Community College, Meramec. One of the great things about our professional organization, NACDA, is that we don't honor only those people who have been involved with the Division I-A football or Division I sports programs. Robert Murrey is a blue-ribbon example. Bob spent 18 years as an athletic director at St. Louis Community College, Meramec. He built sports programs, built facilities and was outstanding in fund raising for his community college in a real big way. Mr. Murrey has served as commissioner of the Missouri Junior College Athletic Conference. Bob has undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Missouri. Mr. Murrey has contributed immensely to junior college intercollegiate athletics overall; the development of them, as well as to NACDA. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce to you, a 1986 inductee into your NACDA Hall of Fame, Mr. Robert E. Murrey.
Diane L. Potter, Springfield College. This distinguished lady not only has been a strong force in intercollegiate athletics, but more than deserves to be inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame. Diane was
an assistant director of athletics at Springfield College for 12 years. She also was one of the nation's greatest softball coaches for 21 years, winning 277 and losing only 123, which includes, by the way, no
small achievement of four undefeated seasons. To show her versatility, she was the first women's gymnastics coach at Springfield College. Ms. Potter still is an outstanding educator and a professional in physical education. A mark of respect her college has for her is demonstrated by the fact that the softball field is named in her honor. Your 1986 Hall of Fame inductee, Diane L. Potter.
Norval "Norv"Ritchey, University of Oregon. It is a privilege to introduce to you one of the out- standing individuals and Pac-lO leaders, Norval "Norv"Ritchey, University of Oregon. Norv spent 20 years as coach, assistant athletic director, associate athletic director, director of athletics and currently
is assistant dean of the college of physical education. Mr. Richey contributed a great deal to the Pac-lO Conference in a variety of ways. His philosophy is one of help to community, business, university, athleti, department and many other areas. Norv is a man who makes all of us feel proud to be an athletic director, , I am proud to present to you this afternoon one of your 1986 NACDA Hall of Fame inductees, Norval "Norv" Ritchey.
Harry H. Simmons, University of Southern Colorado. Listen to this closely. Harry Simmons was a guiding light for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Southern Colorado for 41 years, 41
years, and 36 of those he had the dual responsiblity of head coach of basketball as well as athletic direct, I knew Harry well during the eight years I was head football coach at Colorado State University. Therefore I have firsthand knowledge of what I see. Harry, like Eddie Coombs, was a former Marine and used that discipline style to fashion a basketball coaching career of 701 wins and 348 losses for close to a 70 percel winning record. I would like to introduce to you a real hall of famer, Mr. Harry H. Simmons, your 1986 inductee into NACDA's Hall of Fame. Accepting for him today is his son, Tim, a former sports information director at the University of Colorado. The man that Harry Simmons is, he is at home with his wife, and Tim's mother, who is ill. Tim is accepting on behalf of his father. Ladies and gentlemen, your 1986 NACDA Hall of Fame inductee, Harry H. Simmons.
Bob Woodruff, University of Tennessee. Bob Woodruff is a coach's coach and an athletic director's athletic director. A great football player at the University of Tennessee, as well as a student who earned his degree in engineering, Bob was one superior football coach. He coached at Baylor for three years and t University of Florida for 10 years. While at Florida he was also director of athletics for a total of 13 y I had the privilege of lecturing at a football clinic at the University of Florida when Bob was football coach there, and after the day's session he came over to a little cottage that he put us up in for the nigh He brought two legal pads with him and he sat down with me and he put the legal pad on the top of the desk he says, "Mike, we are going to talk football and I want you to put one line on one page. I've got two pad and I don't want all those squigley wiggley lines allover there. I want one page of detail." Detail real speaks the message of Bob Woodruff. Bob returned to Tennessee to lead, develop and direct the Volunteer program and for 22 years, ladies and gentlemen, he did this and did it well and was recognized as one of th giants, if not the giant, in the field. This man has left a standard for all of us to shoot at and I'll te you frankly, very few of us will hit the mark. May I present my friend and your colleague as an inductee into your 1986 class of the NACDA Hall of Fame, ladies and gentlemen, Bob Woodruff.
Master of ceremonies, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the honorees I would like to express our appreciation to the Officers and Executive Committee of this Association for this induction into your Hall of Fame. Frankly, I cannot speak for them, for each one has his own ideas and thoughts, but, it is thinking that each one is elated and grateful to be a recipient of this distinguished award. As we acce] the enshrinement, we acknowledge and pay tribute to our administration, coaches, spirited athletes, memb, of our family, members of our alumni association and friends for their cooperation, dedication and loyal support for our intercollegiate athletic program. Without them, this enshrinement would not have been possible. It has been said that the true measure of a man's greatness comes only when he rises to lofty heights in his field of endeavor, and it is not the man himself who trumpets that greatness, but rather 1 peers. To you, our peers, we sincerely say thank you very much.
Now responding for that great group of inductees into the NACDA Hall of Fame is Tellis B. Ellis.
It is my pleasure to present to John Clune, our past president, a little token of appreciation for 1 he has given to this organization. I can truthfully say that coming in behind John with the fine work he did made mine a lot easier and I would like to have John Clune come up and accept this little token. I'm glad we all had a good time and I have been noted in our meetings to say we are adjourned.