NACDA/USOC COLLEGIATE COACHES RECOGNITION AWARDS LUNCHEON
(Monday, June 8 -1:00-2:30 p.m.)
Members of the executive committee if you would please rise and remain standing. Members of the NACDA executive committee are: Jim Battle, Director of Athletics, Virginia Union; Larry Boyd, Director oj Athletics, Framingham State College; Bill Bradshaw, Director of Athletics, DePaul University; Bobbi Carson Associate Director of Athletics, Boston College; Jim Copeland, Director of Athletics, University of Virginia; Tony DeCarlo, Director of Athletics, John Carroll University; Bob Dinaberg, Director of Athletics, Santa Barbara City College; Jack Doyle, Director of Athletics, University of South Dakota; Elaine Dreidame, Senio Associate Director of Athletics, University of Dayton; Jim Garner, Director of Athletics, Oklahoma State University; Tim Gleason, Commissioner, Ohio Athletic Conference; Al Gonzales, Director of Athletics, New Mexico State University; Fred Gruninger, Director of Athletics, Rutgers The State University; Margo Harbison, Director of Athletics, East Texas State University; Jim Harvey, Director of Athletics, Miami-Dade Community College South; Cheryl Levick is unable to be with us today; Chuck Lindemenn, Director of Athletics, Humboldt State University; Jim Livengood, Director of Athletics, Washington State University; Kathy McNally, Associate Director of Athletics, LaSalle University; Steve Morgan, Group Executive Directol NCAA; Chuck Neinas is unable to be with us; Kathy Noble, Associate Director of Athletics, University of Montana; Lea Plarski, Director of Athletics, St. Louis Community College; Bob Thompson, Director of Athletics, Bergen Community College; Craig Thompson, Commissioner, Sun Belt Conference.
Will you join me in thanking these people for their service? On the upper dias, persons who are not speaking--thank goodness, if you look at them, they are all long winded--our Executive Director Mike Clear Betty Kruczek, Secretary; Gene Smith, Third Vice President; Cedric Dempsey, Second Vice President; John Swofford, First Vice President. Thank you.
At this time, I would like to bring Frank Windegger to the microphone for a brief description of the awards being presented today. Frank is the chair of the NACDA Honors and Awards Committee.
Thanks Jim. This year, we will not have a Class of 1993 Hall of Fame Induction. Instead, the Awards Committee looked into doing something special. You mayor may not know that our great Olympic athletes received the gold, the bronze and the silver medals. Our coaches are not recipients of any medals. We decided, along with the Olympic Committee, to strike a special medal to honor these great coaches and all their achievements in a great winning tradition for our nation. And we intend to do this bi-annually, after every Olympics competition. I think this is something that NACDA needs to be commended in doing something that is very special to a very special group of people.
Thank you, Frank. Serving as our master of ceremonies today, we have Gary Bender of rnT Sports. Gary has been with rnT since March of 1992. He served as the play-by-play announcer on rnT Sunday night NFL telecasts and its coverage of the NBA. He also covers golf for TBS, including the PGA Championship. Gary, as you know, had been with ABC for five years and had served as the play-by-play voice on ABC's Monday night baseball in 1988 and on the main regional Game of the Week during ABC's 1987 coverage of college football. He is a charter member of the NACDA/Disney Blue Ribbon Committee. Ladies and Gentlemen, Gary Bender.
Thank you Jim, it is a pleasure to be here again with so many friends and people whom I have had the opportunity to work with through the years.
Jim Jones and I have a very strange and wonderful relationship--he's strange and I'm wonderful. I want you to know, as your master of ceremonies, there is a good news/bad news scenario that is developing here. The good news is --I am going to hurry this thing along. We're going to keep it moving. I don't want to take any time away from the honorees. The bad news is --we will get done earlier and we will have to go
out into this terrible weather and spend your time on the beaches here in San Diego. I know that's tough. As I began to understand, being around the athletic directors through these years, they're not very stupid. Where would you rather be at this time of year than San Diego, California? I was here two years ago and it was even more beautiful then. So, these guys are smart. They know what they're doing and so, let's get this thing going.
When I come to a prestigious banquet like this, I wonder if we fully understand how meaningful these medals are to each honoree that's here today. They're deeply felt by these individuals. They're deeply personal. I wonder if we've grasped what's been accomplished. I hope we do. It was pointed out to me
today that many of these recipients of these medals have been gone from their universities for a long time. You, as athletic directors, had to make some provisions for them to go to Barcelona, to spend the time training and I commend you for allowing us to have such a great representation in the Games in Barcelona. But, I think it's a challenge to me. It's a challenge to all of us collectively that we never lose sight or take for granted the sacrifices these people have made. As we get ready to present these awards to you, enjoy this moment. You deserve it. It's our way of saying "thank you" for having the dedication, the courage to step into the arena of competition representing this great country. Let's get started. I'm going to have Jim Jones up here to assist in giving the awards with the executive director of the USOC, Dr. Harvey Schiller. Harvey, come up here as well.
Our first recipient, from the University of Nebraska, is men's gymnastics coach Francis Allen. A three- time Coach of the Year and four-time Midwest Region Coach of the Year, Francis had lead his team to seven NCAA championships, five runner-up finishes and 10 Big Eight Conference titles in 24 years. Nine gymnasts who competed for Allen as collegians have represented their country in the Olympic Games. He has coached 29 gymnasts to 120 all-America finishes, while 10 of his athletes have won 29 individual titles. Ladies and gentlemen, Francis Allen.
The track and field coach at American River College, Al Baeta began his career at the school in 1964. During his tenure, Al's cross country teams captured 21 conference championships and seven northern California championships. From 1964 to 1992, the cross country team has qualified for the state championships 26 out of 28 years, the highest number of qualifying years of any team in the state. His teams also won five conference championships in track and field. Al has been inducted into several Halls of Fame. I present, Al Baeta.
Charles Butt is the coach of the lightweight crew team at Harvard University .He cannot be with us
today. I understand there are other recipients that can't be here today. These awards will be presented at a later time on campus. P.J. Carlesimo, the men's basketball coach at Seton Hall cannot be with us today. He's coaching the U .S. Intercollegiate AII-Star team in Europe. Of course, he was an assistant on the best basketball team ever formed, the Dream Team.
The first women's volleyball coach at the University of Wisconsin, John Cook. He was a member of the men's volleyball coaching staff at the Olympics. In his first year, John led his squad to a 14-17 record. Prior to his arrival at Wisconsin, John served as an assistant coach with the U.S. men's national team and as an assistant with the women's volleyball program at Wisconsin. Here today is John Cook.
The only head track coach the Roadrunners have ever know, Charlie Craig is in his 22nd year at Cal
State- Bakersfield. Under his coaching, the track and field teams have amassed 11 top 20 and seven top 10 finishes in the last 12 years. In 1985 , their fourth place NCAA finish topped all seven CCAA schools. Ladies and gentlemen, Charlie Craig.
Jim Dietz, the men's crew coach at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy cannot be with us today.
In her fifth season as head women's track and field coach at the University of Tennessee, Dorothy Doolittle has brought Tennessee back to national prominence in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. In her first four years, Dorothy re-established the Lady Volunteers as one of the top teams in the nation, as they have finished among the top 10 nationally either indoors, outdoors or both, since 1990. Before she arrived at UT, Dorothy served as an assistant coach for the men's and women's programs at Stanford for two years. From 1979-86, she was the senior assistant at the University of Houston. From 1977-79, she was the head women's track and field coach at the University of Missouri. Ladies and gentlemen, Dorothy Doolittle.
Bobby Douglas, the wrestling coach at Iowa State University, is considered one of the nation' s most knowledgeable and respected experts in wrestling. During his collegiate coaching tenure, the 1988 national wrestling Coach of the Year has recorded 229 dual victories, nine conference championships and 15 top 20 NCAA team finishes. Last summer, Bobby coached the U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team to unprecedented success. All the U.S. wrestlers placed among the top 10 competitors in the respective weight classes while three U.S. wrestlers won gold nedals. I present Bobby Douglas.
Two assistants to the women's basketball teams are not here today --Lin Dunn, Purdue University and Jim Foster, Vanderbilt University. Again, they will receive their awards on campus.
Greg Giovanazzi, a veteran coach and player at the international, national, professional and collegiate levels, united with the University of Michigan last year to become their women's volleyball coach. Priorto his arrival at Michigan, Giovanazzi spent two years as the top assistant coach with the women's U.S. national team and eight years as first assistant coach with the top-ranked UCLA women's and men's volleyball programs. During his tenure, the Bruin teams made a combined six NCAA volleyball final four appearances, winning the women's national title in 1984 and the men's national championship twice, in 1981 and 1984. I present Greg Giovanazzi.
Teresa Shank-Grentz, Rutgers University women's basketball coach, cannot be with us as well.
Now in his 40th season of coaching track and field and cross country, Harry Groves began his tenure at Penn State in 1968. Throughout his time, Harry has been named NCAA District II Coach of the Year 14 times and has also received the NCAA Track Coaches Association Coach of the Year award for cross count! indoor and outdoor track and field. He was elected to the William & Mary Hall of Fame, where he coached for 13 years prior to being named head coach at Penn State. His dual track meet record at Penn State is 76. indoors and 77-16 outdoors with several teams finishing in the top 15 in the NCAA championships and six ICAAAA titles. I present Harry Groves.
With over 40 years of national and international coaching experience, prestigious honors and a worldwid reputation, Phil Hansel, who is in his 24th year at the University of Houston, has almost singlehandedly
developed the Cougar program. He was the only swim coach in Houston history .Throughout his tenure, he has coached the Cougars to 10 top 20 national finishes and 31 women to all-America status. A columnist fo Swimming World, Phil has won the Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honor three times. I present PJ Hansel.
Also not with us today is Linda Hargrove, Wichita State University's women's basketball coach.
The women's track and field and cross country coach at the University of Arkansas, Lance Harter has coached 208 Division I and II track and field all-America and 64 cross country all-America athletes throughout his career. In his three seasons as the Razorback coach, Lance's cross country teams have captur~ two consecutive Southeastern Conference championships and two runner-up trophies at the national meet. In his inaugural year at Arkansas, he was named the track and field Coach of the Year .Prior to his arrival at Arkansas, Lance set an all-Division record of 14 national championships while at Cal Poly-SLO, including eight in cross country and six in track and field. Ladies and gentlemen, Lance Harter .
Holly Hatton, the women's rowing coach from Harvard University could not be with us today, nor Erv
Hunt, the men's and women's track and field coach from the University of California.
A 1958 graduate of Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, Barbara Jacket came to Prairie View in 1964 as a physical education teacher and swimming instructor. She started the track program in 1966 and has maintained an outstanding record since 1970. Honored and recognized by top regional and national athletic associations as Coach of the Year, Barbara has claimed over 20 national championships, 12 indoor Southwestern Athletic Conference championships and other outdoor and cross country titles. In June of 1991, she retired as head women's track and field coach to devote her time and energy to the Olympics. She remains at the school as the director of athletics. Ladies and gentlemen, Barbara Jacket.
In his 21 years as the coordinator for Boise State's track and field and cross country teams, Ed Jacoby has guided his teams to the 1989 Big Sky Conference outdoor championship, the 1983 conference indoor crown and league cross country titles in 1973 and 1975, in addition to numerous top 25 finishes at NCAA track and field and cross country championships. Five times, Boise State teams have finished in the top 20 of the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships and Jacoby has had a high jumper win all-America honors in seven
of the past eight track seasons. I present Ed Jacoby.
Curtis Jordon has been with the Princeton University rowing program for 12 years and has completed his third year as the head coach of the heavyweight crew squad. In 1992, his squad placed fourth at both the Eastern Sprints and the IRA Championships. Prior to taking over the heavyweight squad, Curtis was the women's crew coach for seven years and posted a mark of 58-15. His squads won the Eastern Sprints twice and he was named the EA WRC Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1990. I present Curtis Jordan.
Dick Kimball, in his 34th season as the University of Michigan's men's and women's diving coach, has produced six consecutive women's and seven straight men's Big Ten titles and is the recipient of the Big Ten Conference Diving Coach of the Year award four times. The 1988 NCAA Women's Diving Coach of the Year, Kimball has produced several Olympic competitors including three Michigan gold medalists. While a student at Michigan, he was a member of three consecutive NCAA championship swimming and diving teams and won two national diving titles. He has received numerous awards and honors recognizing his
contributions to the sport of diving, including induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor. Ladies and gentlemen, Dick Kimball.
Bruce Konopka, the University of Pennsylvania's lightweight crew coach cannot be with us today and also, Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University's men's basketball coach who, of course, was at the right hand of Chuck Dailig when that Dream Team won the gold medal, cannot be with us today.
A member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic wrestling team, Tom Minkel began his coaching career as the assistant coach at Central Michigan University .In 1988, he was named the head wrestling coach there and has coached several U.S. World teams and Pan American teams. As an athlete at CMU, he was a three-time NCAA all-America and was undefeated throughout his entire competitive career in dual meets. Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Minkel.
The assistant women's swim coach at Ohio State University, Bev Montrella is in her 13th year with the Buckeyes. Her areas of concentration are the distant freestylers and the recruiting program. In 1979, Bev was the assistant coach at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. She was the manager for the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic teams and the 1982 and 1990 World Championships teams. Ladies and gentlemen, Bev Montrella.
In his 2Oth season as the head track and field coach for Howard University, Bill Moultrie has also held positions as an assistant football coach and instructor for the department of physical education and recreation and as the director of athletics. In 1982, Bill added head coach of the women's track and field program to his list of endeavors. He has produced 71 all-Americas. I present, Bill Moultrie.
Two of the swimming coaches who were in Barcelona cannot be here today, Richard Quick from Stanford
University and Eddie Reese from the University of Texas.
In 1972, Fred Roethlisberger began his illustrious career as the men's gymnastics coach as the University of Minnesota. He has led the Golden Gophers to 10 Big Ten titles, never finishing lower than fourth at the conference meet. Additionally, his teams have placed in the top 10 at the NCAA championships 13 times. Fred has received numerous honors including 1989 Mideast Coach of the Year, USGF 1990 and 1992 Coach of the Year and induction into the U.S. Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1990 as a gymnast, coach and contributor. I present Fred Roethlisberger. Fred is not here.
We have three other recipients not here today --Fred Sarnara, Princeton University's men's track and fiel< coach, Mark Schubert, University of Southern California's men's swimming coach and Jon Urbanchek who is the head men's swimming coach at the University of Michigan.
The head track and field coach for the USA in Barcelona, Mel Rosen was the men' s track and field coach at Auburn University for 37 years. During his last three years, he was also the women's head coach. During his tenure at Auburn, Mel coached 143 all-Americas, 63 Southeastern Conference outdoor and 63 indoor SEC champions and eight NCAA champions. Under his tutelage, Auburn has won four consecutive SEC indoor championships, from 1977-80, and its only outdoor title in 1979. That same year, the squad finished third at the NCAA indoor meet and fourth at the NCAA outdoor championships. Rosen's teams finished in the top 1( at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor championships for four straight years, from 1976-79. He was named the NCAA and SEC Coach of the Year three times. Ladies and gentlemen, Mel Rosen.
Now, ladies and gentlemen, speaking on behalf of these recipients, here is Barbara Jacket, athletic at Prairie View A&M University .
Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I don't know why I was selected to do this for the coaches that are much more deserving than I am. Then, I sat and thought, well, this is the first time that the USOC and the NACDA came together and decided to do something for the Olympic coaches. This is the first time, as an athletic director and Olympic coach, that I've been here. Well, the women are growing up and they have to include us. So, I concluded that they selected me since I talk the loudest, I draw the most crowd, but let me say this to you with all sincerity, I know I appreciate the award. It's one of the best I ever had. And, I can speak for Mel. I can't speak for anyone else since we go way back. We'd like to thank you so much for you generosity and for recognizing us. Thank you.
Barbara, that was heartfelt. That's what I was suggesting at the start, just how much this means to each one of you and what a pleasure it is to present these awards to you today. Jim Jones is going to come back up here. He has a special awards presentation.
Harvey, please come and accept this appreciation on behalf of all of the members of NACDA, it's O and Executive Committee, for your cooperation and your leadership of our Olympic efforts. Thank you.
Thank all of you for all you do.
So, now we come to the James J. Corbett Award. Tom Butters of Duke University and the recipient
yesterday of the NACDA-NIT award, will come up to present that.
The man that I present to you today is a man among men. He has touched the lives of more of us than we know and he has touched our hearts as well. Professionally, he has served as a director in the Peace
Corps, a director of HPER and head track coach at North Carolina Central University .Later years, he became vice chancellor for university relations and even later, chancellor of this important and significant university. He further has served as vice president for sport for the Atlanta committee for the 1996 Olympic Games. Presently, he serves ably as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee. He has been president of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He has been president of the NAIA, commissioner of the MEAC, consultant to the Peoples Republic of China, national U.S. Olympic track coach, president of the Athletics Congress, a member of the Knight Commission and on and on and on.
In nearly every organization that I've just named, he has won their highest award and deservedly so. He is a member of 15 Halls of Fame, the Helms, the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia being among them. He is the author of several books. But, more important perhaps, he is the reader of nearly everything worth reading. He is an educator, a mentor, a leader, a friend. He is truly a man for all seasons. He has deeply touched the lives of so many of us here, and in part, this is why. He has the ability to resolve problems rather than to find blame. He has an uncanny ability to plan for tomorrow rather than simply remembering yesterday. He chooses to live his life, rather than discuss it. He feels, not just touches. He understands, not just hears. He brings to the table reason, not just thought. A man so gifted and so accomplished surely must be approaching 130 years of age. But, I assure you, he is among the youngest in this room today. So, you can see why I was honored recently, when this gentleman called and asked that I present him to you today.
While San Diego is a long trip for one Durham man to honor another Durham man, it suffices to say that all of his friends would travel to the far end of the rainbow simply to be in his presence. It is now my honor to present him to you and to him, NACDA's most prestigious Corbett Award. Ladies and gentlemen, Dr. LeRoy Walker.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very much. You can imagine how overwhelmed I would be to have such a long-time friend as Tom Butters to present me and say all of these nice things when he knows of my insufficiencies. Tom, I want to thank you for them. As I listened, it reminded me of another occasion when I sat on the dias between a speaker and his wife. As Tom was doing, he was saying all of these nice things about him and what he accomplished. He sat there and began to believe it. During the course of the introduction, he leaned over me to his wife and asked her, "Dear, how many truly great men do you think there are in America?" Without hesitating, she answered, "1 don't know, but it's one less than you think."
I think in Tom's acceptance yesterday, he probably said it best when he received his award. "That it's strange that I would be selected when in this audience there are so many others who are equally as deserving and probably should have been selected because of their talents." So, I'm honored and I feel the same as Tom did in his remarks. I'm also especially flattered that I should be honored for engaging in a labor of love all of these years. I feel a deep sense of gratitude to NACDA for granting me that unique and special feeling to join that impeccable list that you see in your program of individuals who are the true embodiment of the spirit of the first president of NACDA. So, this very special day in my life serves to again remind me of two axioms that I have tried to follow in this labor of love --one, Gary mentioned by Winston Churchill that, "Sometimes it's not enough to do your best. You have to do what's required." Secondly, I have always believed that leaders succeed on the efforts of others. Some of my colleagues who have already been awarded from the USOC and others in this audience, I really accept this award partially on their behalf.
Mr. President, I also accept the challenge which goes with being the recipient of this past award from this
organization. I'm indeed grateful and I'm humbled and I thank you very much.
LeRoy, congratulations. You look very good for a guy 130 years old. A special thing has happened here today, don't you think? The presentation to these coaches and the presentation to LeRoy will make all of us feel that this has been a very good day and a good moment for all of us. Let's bring up Jim Jones again.
Thank you, Gary .Bill, would you join me please? Bill, on behalf of the entire membership of NACDA, its Officers and Executive Committee, just a small token to put in your luggage in appreciation as our president last year.
Thank you Jim. I'm not going to touch that thing. Jim, I'll let you see if you can arrange to have that sent back to Lincoln for me. I just want you to know what a privilege it has been to work with all of your this past year. One of the things I want you to know because I don't think they get enough appreciation is how hard Mike Cleary and the staff work to pull these things off with the style and grace that you see here. They have a motto at NACDA that they do the things that people think just happen. Well, these events, because we all stage so many events, don't just happen. I'd like to have you lead with me a round of applause for the NACDA staff.
Thank you very much. It's been a real privilege.
Gary, on behalf of the members of NACDA, the Officers and Executive Committee, please accept this small token for your efforts today. Thank you.
One last time, may I ask the honorees to please stand and let's recognize our Olympic winners. Thank
It's now time to select the exhibitor's booth which will have the honor of awarding the trip for two to Euro Disney. The drawing will be held tomorrow at the Business Session. The drawing will be held at b< 93, Custom Sports Showcase.
Thank you all for attending. We stand adjourned.