All NACDA Members
James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon
(Monday, June 6 --1:00-2:30 p.m.)
I'm John Swofford, athletic director at North Carolina and the current president ofNACDA. I welcome you to the 1994 James I. Corbett Awards Luncheon. For our invocation, I would like to introduce, Betty Kruczek athletic director at Fitchburg State College and our NACDA secretary.
First, I would like to ask everyone to pause for a moment of silence in memory of those who gave their lives at the invasion of Normandy 50 years ago today. Lord, thank you for this opportunity to gather together as colleagues and friends for the betterment of college athletics. Thank you for your leadership of those who we honor today and thank you for the food we are about to eat. Please bless it for the nourishment of our bodies.
To begin today's program, I would like to introduce the NACDA past presidents who are on the upper dais. Please stand as your name is called. These are people who have meant a great deal to NACDA as an organization and to intercollegiate athletics. In fact, what I think we have today on both the lower dais and upper dais is a who's who in intercollegiate athletics and are people who have meant just a tremendous amount to our profession. We have, Jim Jones, the recently retired AD at Ohio State University and our immediate past president; next, is Bill Byme, the AD at the University of Nebraska. He was at Oregon during his 1991-92 tenure as NACDA president; Frank Windegger, the AD at TCU and past president from 1990-91; Gary Cunningham, AD at Fresno State University and president in 1988-89; Andy Mooradian, president in 1985-86, while at the University of New Hampshire; Mike Lude, recently retired from the University of Auburn and our president in 1981-82 while at the University of Washington; John Toner, president in 1980-81 while at the University of Connecticut; Ben Camevale, president in 1979-80 while at the College of William and Mary; Fred Miller, the current AD at San Diego State University .He was at Arizona State in 1978- 79 while he was our president. Bill Flynn, president in 1977- 78, while at Boston College; Bud Jack, president in 1971- 72 while at the University of Utah; and Bob Bronzan, president in 1967 -68 while at San Jose State University .Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big round of applause for these outstanding men.
Other members of the upper dais who are not speaking to you today from your left. I'm going to ask you not to hold your applause because he's a gentleman who does a terrific job for NACDA. He does it behind the scenes. I started to say he does it quietly. He doesn't always do it quietly, but he does it behind the scenes and what a tremendous job he does for NACDA. Ladies and gentlemen, Mike Cleary. Now, let me introduce our officers: Betty Kruczek, AD at Fitchburg State College and our NACDA secretary; Jim Copeland, the AD at the University of Virginia and our third vice president; Warner Alford, the AD at the University of Mississippi and our second vice president; Gene Smith, the AD at Iowa State University and he's done such a tremendous job with the Convention this year; AI Rathjen, from Sports Evaluations and a co-sponsor of today's luncheon. Please give these people a round of applause.
Part of the awards we're giving today are traditional and part of them are not traditional in terms of what we usually do
at this luncheon. I'd like to bring Bill Byme, the director of athletics at the University of Nebraska to the microphone, to give you a brief description of the awards being presented today. Bill is chair of the NACDA Honors and Awards Committee.
Thank you, John. Traditionally, what we do at this luncheon is honor some of our great directors of athletics and induct them into the Hall of Fame. But, if you've noticed over the last few years, while we've done that, on occasion, some of the things we've done have been to honor our Olympic coaches. In fact, we presented them copies of the medals that the teams won that they coached because if you knew it or not, the Olympic coaches did not receive medals as part of the Games. Another thing we've done is honor our Olympic athletes, the ones our universities have produced. So, traditionally, we've changed who we honor time and again. Today, we're going to do that as well.
This year, NACDA has designated an Award for Administrative Excellence to honor athletic administrators of conference and national association ranks. To be considered for selection, administrators need to be working in a full-time capacity in their current positions during the 1994 calendar year. Not only that, but they must have served a minimum of20 years of continuous service in athletics administration. Although, dating back to the 1974- 75 academic year, this was
reduced to 10 years for head coaches of associations and to be employed by a conference or a national association. So, these awards are similar to our Hall of Farne, but athletic directors are not eligible. So, who you're honoring today are some of the best and brightest of athletic administrators.
Thank you, Bill. Serving as our master of ceremonies today is Syracuse graduate, Mike Tirico, of ESPN. As an anchor and reporter for ESPN and host for ESPN radio, Mike has been with the network since 1991. He hosts ESPN's "NFL Prime Monday", a weekly 90-minute program featuring NFL news, interviews and features. He also hosts halftimes and cut-ins during the network's college football games and co-hosts ESPN Sports Radio's "GameDay." Additionally, he occasionally anchors "SportsCenter". Ladies and gentlemen, Mike Tirico.
John, thank you. It's a pleasure to be here. It's nice to see many familiar faces and anyone who's school that you represent that lost to Syracuse during the year, I'll be personally saying, "Hi". I wear my orange colors proudly. I do bring warm greetings from the college sports family, if you will, at ESPN. Since about 90 percent of you have asked, Tom O'Jackson is fme and sends his best regards. All ofus are very proud of our partnership with college sports and college athletics.
My exposure to college sports in the last couple of years at ESPN has really changed. I've been given the opportunity to learn college football from Lee Corso, which is dangerous, and college basketball from Dick Vitale, and that's just plain hazardous. But, my love for the sport has continued to grow. It's very interesting to be here at a gathering of athletic directors as someone who loves college sports as a fan. This is really a time like no other when college sports needs direction. All of you, as college athletic directors and the others who are on hand, are so important to the future of college athletics. We put great hope in all of you that college athletics will continue to be one of the great foundations of American sports.
It's my pleasure to introduce the individuals who will be receiving Awards for Administrative Excellence today. Our first recipient is the fourth commissioner in the Sl-year great history of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, Clayton w. Chapman. He oversees the nation's largest conference which contains 270 member colleges and universities and offers over 90 men's and women's championships in 19 different sports. Referred by many as "The Eastern Voice of the NCAA Manual", Clay joined the ECAC in 1971 as assistant to the commissioner, after serving as the assistant AD at Cornell. He has also been the executive secretary of the Ivy Group. Clayton w. Chapman.
Our next recipient is the third full-time commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Gene Corrigan. He engineered the addition of the ACC's newest member, Florida State. One of the driving forces behind the formation of the Football
Bowl Coalition, which guarantees bowl commitments for the top two finishers in the ACC. He also secured berths for a third and fourth ACC football team in the Peach and Hall of Fame bowls respectively. Gene was a NACDA Officer from 1985- 86. Accepting for Gene is NACDA's third vice president, current AD at the University of Virginia, Jim Copeland.
James E. Delany, the fifth commissioner in the 98-year history of the Big Ten Conference is our next recipient. He's led the conference's expansion to 11 schools with the addition of Penn State and led the relocation of the Big Ten office. Under Jim's leadership, conference rules have been simplified and deregulated and conference championships have been enhanced. He previously worked at the NCAA and the Ohio Valley Conference. Accepting for Jim, is the Big Ten's assistant commissioner, Phyllis Howlett.
These are beautiful awards as many of you saw as you walked in. They are just tremendous.
Our next recipient is Cedric Dempsey, third executive director of the NCAA, a post Ced accepted this past January. He had been the AD at Arizona since the fall of 1982 and was NACDA's Ist vice president. He had been a member of NACDA's Executive Committee since 1989. Ced has been working in the field of athletics four decades, since 1954. He was also the AD at the University of the Pacific, San Diego State and Houston. He's been on numerous NCAA committees including the executive committee and, in 1993, named to a two-year term as the NCAA's secretary-treasurer. Ced Dempsey, ladies and gentlemen.
Prentice Gautt is the associate commissioner of the Big Eight Conference. He has also been the conference's assistant commissioner. Recently named the NCAA secretary-treasurer, becoming only the second individual from the Big Eight staff
or member institution to serve as an NCAA officer. Prior to his tenure at the Big Eight, Prentice played football for eight years. He later served as an assistant football coach, academic counselor and counseling psychologist at the University of Missouri. Accepting for Prentice is NACDA's lst vice president, Gene Smith.
Our next recipient is Tom Hansen, commissioner of the Pacific-10 Conference. Taking over the reigns of the Pac-10 in 1983. Prior to that, he was an NCAA administrator for 16 years and the director of public relations for the Pac-10 for seven years. He served on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1985 unti11989. He is a member of the NCAA Special Events and Nominating committees and the Gender Equity Task Force. Please welcome, Tom Hansen.
The fifth commissioner of the Southwest Conference, Steven J. Hatchell, is our next recipient. He has an extensive background in both postseason bowl games and conferences, was instrumental in the formation of the College Football Coalition while serving as the executive director of the Federal Express Orange Bowl. An at-large member ofNACDA's Executive Committee, Steve has also worked at the Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference and the Big Eight Conference. Ladies and gentlemen, Steve Hatchell.
Receiving our next award is Gene Hooks, the first executive director of the Division I-A Athletics Directors' Association. In 1992, Gene resigned as AD at Wake Forest University, a position he held for 28 years to take on his current post. Gene was the dean of athletics directors in the Atlantic Coast Conference. During his tenure, he guided the Deacon program with a fiscal soundness and innovative direction that earned him the highest respect from his peers. Four years ago, the university recognized his true lifelong commitment to its athletic program by naming the new on-campus baseball complex in his honor. Gene Hooks, ladies and gentlemen.
Our next administrator, Phyllis Howlett, has been the assistant commissioner at the Big Ten Conference since 1982. She had previously served as the assistant to the men's director of athletics at Drake University and the assistant AD at the University of Kansas. A member ofNACDA's Executive Committee from 1986 through 1990, Phyllis was also a board member and secretary of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators from 1983 through 1986. she served on many NCAA committees including chair of the Committee on Women's Athletics, co-chair of the Gender Equity Task Force. Ladies and gentlemen, Phyllis Howlett.
Our next recipient is Betty Jaynes, who has been the executive director of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association, a 3,500 member organization, since 1981. Tireless and energetic leader in the development of the sport of women's basketball on the national and international levels. She serves on numerous committees and has been the recipient of many awards. Previously, Betty served as the women's basketball coach at James Madison University. Betty cannot be with us today, and accepting for her is, Jill Hutchison, the women's basketball coach at Illinois State University and three-time president of the WBCA.
Our next recipient is Joe Kearney, in his 14th year as commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference. In that time, the WAC has set home attendance marks and added Fresno State University in 1992, making the WAC a 10-member conference. Joe's been the recipient of numerous awards including the Corbett Award in 1991 and induction into the NACDA Hall of Fame that same year. He also serve on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1981 to 1985 and held posts
at Washington, Michigan State and Arizona State. Accepting for Joe, is NACDA past president and the current AD at Fresno State, Gary Cunningham.
In my days at Syracuse, I had some wonderful experiences with people at the local junior colleges. We honor now the first, and only executive director of the National Junior College Athletic Association, George E. Killian. He began his service to the association as its president, a relationship which has remained strong for 24 years. He has also served as the association's assistant regional director, regional director and president. Selected in 1967, George is the longest-serving board member of the USOC. In 1991, he was elected as the president of the International Basketball Federation. George cannot be with us today. Accepting in his place, Lea Plarski, director of athletics at St. Louis Community College, the
NJCAA's president and an at-large member ofNACDA's Executive Committee.
One of the most well known and well liked figures in college football is Charlie Mac, Charlie McClendon, recently retired from his position as executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, a position he held for 12 years. Prior to his tenure with AFCA, Charlie served as the head football coach at LSU for 18 years. He was also a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1986 to 1990. Charlie has also worked as the executive director of the Tangerine Bowl, assistant football coach at the University ofKentucky and Vanderbilt University. Accepting the award for Charlie is another great former football coach, Vince Dooley, the director of athletics at the University of Georgia and a proud member ofNACDA's Executive Committee.
Chuck Neinas has been the executive director of the College Football Association, which was organized to provide a forum for major football-playing institutions with a similar philosophy, since 1980. Chuck's involvement in athletics administration spans three decades. Before joining the CF A he served as commissioner of the Big Eight Conference and assistant executive director of the NCAA, as well. He was also a member ofNACDA's Executive Committee from 1990 to 1993. Accepting for Chuck is the current commissioner of the Southwest Conference and a current member ofNACDA's Executive Committee, Steve Hatchell.
David Price, the associate commissioner of the Pacific-1 0 Conference, has worked in the conference office for the last 20 years. In that time, he has been the conference's public relations director and assistant executive director. He also served as commissioner of the Missouri Valley Conference. An expert on NCAA rules, David played a major role in the recent revision of the NCAA Manual. Prior to his work with the Pac-IO and the Missouri Valley Conference, David had worked at the NCAA, the University of Oklahoma and the Western Athletic Conference. Accepting for David is the commissioner of the Pac-IO, Tom Hansen.
Ron Stephenson became the fourth commissioner of the Big Sky Conference in 1981 and has served in that capacity longer than any ofhis predecessors. He currently serves on the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Committee and has served on the Regional Advisory Committee for both Division I-AA football and Division I men's basketball. Ron previously had worked as the ticket manager, wrestling and tennis coach at Idaho. He was also an assistant AD for business operations at Idaho and assistant AD at Boise State.
Each one of the individuals who received awards has their awards located all around the room as you saw walking in and I'm sure you'll be able to see as you file out. Ladies and gentlemen, speaking on behalf of these great award recipients, the commissioner of the Pac-l O Conference, Tom Hansen.
Thank you very much, Mike. It's an honor for me to respond on behalf of my fellow recipients today. They are distinguished friends and colleagues and certainly worthy of your award. I hope that I'm able to say something here that each of them would say ifhe or she were here. It's interesting that 12 ofus are commissioners and 10 ofus have lived in Kansas at one time or another. Although five of that 10 were with the NCAA and I found that interesting and there is a common thread there.
Your award recognizes 20 years of continuous service. We were joking that it's really the longevity award and we're very pleased here at the head table to have survived those 20 years or more. Betty, I would say to your very appropriate
remembrance of D-Day, that none ofus were in the first assault wave, despite our gray hair.
Success in those two areas is the greatest reward that all ofus in this room today will have. I know that we are dedicated to that, as are all of you. We are very lucky to have been given the opportunities which you've heard recited, to work with the national groups, the national leadership and we're lucky to be here today with two great executive directors, Dick Schultz and Ced Dempsey. We thank you again for recognizing our role in college athletics and for making this a very special day for each and every one ofus. Thank you.
Tom, I thank you. As I sped through the biographies and their list of accomplishments, I thought about how many student-athletes have been touched by these people. Please join me in one big round of applause for all of these recipients here ioday.
Now to present the NACDA/NIT Athletics Directors Award, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Jack Powers of the NIT and one of the co-sponsors of today's luncheon.
Thank you, Mike. I certainly was looking forward to making some remarks about our award winner this year, Scotty Whitelaw. Unfortunately, Scotty has had a rough year. He lost his son and he wanted me to pass along that he and Shirley were both looking forward to being here with all ofhis friends at NACDA. He also lost his father-in-Iaw just the other day I will hold my remarks and ask everyone to bow their heads and say a prayer for both of them, please.
I would ask Clay Chapman, the commissioner of the ECAC, to come up and accept the award for Scotty Whitelaw.
Thank you, Jack. It gives me a great deal of pleasure to accept this wonderful award on behalf of Scotty , a long-time colleague of mine and my boss for 19 years. Scotty was very much involved with the ECAC, with NACDA, the NCAA and the NIT for all of those 29 years that he was with the ECAC. It's a great pleasure to be here in his stead. As Jack said, I know he and Shirley both looked forward to being here today. They Qoth have so many friends here, especially those of you at the head table. Many of you have worked with Scotty over the years. Let me tell you, though, in spite of the difficulties that he's had these last six months, he's enjoying life, as he always has, to the fullest. He's still playing some golf and focusing a lot on his family, especially his grandchildren. He's doing well. If you haven't seen him in a while, please know that.
It reads, "to NIT/NACDA Athletics Administration Award in appreciation for many years of encouragement, involvement and support of the NIT." It's my pleasure to accept that.
Now, to present the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, is Cedric Dempsey, the executive director of the NCAA.
Thank you, Mike. The James J. Corbett Award is presented to the athletics administrator who most typifies James Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics, who has worked unceasingly for its betterment. Devotion to intercollegiate athletics and unceasingly work for its betterment. In reflecting on those standards, I can think of no one more deserving of this award than Dick Schultz. He is being honored for his accomplishments as an athletics administrator, but you should know that he was a pretty good athlete himself. He earned all-state recognition as a basketball player at Kellogg High School in Kellogg, Iowa, where he also played baseball. At Central College in Kellogg, Iowa, he earned 10 varsity awards, three in football, three in basketball and four in baseball. He received all-conference recognition in all three sports and signed a professional baseball contract with the St. Louis Browns. Most of you don't remember the St. Louis Browns. If recall, they moved on to become the Baltimore Orioles.
From 1950 to 1960, Dick taught and coached at Humboldt High School in Iowa. His administrative career in intercollegiate athletics has spanned four decades beginning with his tenure as freshmen basketball coach and assistant basketball coach at the University of Iowa. He was at Iowa for 16 years serving, at different times, as head basketball coach, head baseball coach and assistant to the president for athletics and external affairs. Personally, that was the first time I had the opportunity to meet Dick. I was serving as assistant athletics director at the University of Arizona. We used to bring in teams from across the country to spend a whole week. Dick brought his baseball team down many times. My responsibility was to make sure they had sheets and towels. I took good care ofhim during that period of time.
He joined your ranks in 1976 becoming director athletics at Come11 University. In 1981, he took over the reigns at the University of Virginia. In 1987, he was selected as only the second director of the NCAA. In every one ofhis positions, Dick has made a positive contribution. Dick is tireless. Wherever he has worked, his energy on the job has been matched by his community and volunteer services. His work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the U.S. Olympics Committee and the numerous NCAA committees, are just a few examples ofhis extracurricular activities.
His devotion to his family is no less than his devotion to his work. I know Dick would want me to mention his wife, Jackie, and their three children, Bob, Bill and Kim. Everyone here knows the sacrifices a family makes in this business. Dick would agree that Jackie and their children share in this honor. Jackie, would you please stand up to be recognized.
The institutions Dick has served are better and stronger because of his efforts. To every task, Dick brought energy, commitment and vision. As his successor at the NCAA, I have a particular appreciation for his accomplishments. His standard of excellence, he set as executive director provides an enormous challenge. Dick, as your friend and colleague, I want to thank you for all you have done for intercollegiate athletics and I'm proud to congratulate you for receiving this prestigious award.
Cedric, thank you for those kind remarks. Unfortunately, everyone realizes now that I've lived about 100 years. I am pleased to know that there is somebody in the room old enough to know that the St. Louis Browns are now the Baltimore Orioles.
First of all, I would like to thank NACDA and Betty Kruczek for the invocation. That's something that has been important for me over the years. I think in today's time, that it's really terrific that NACDA would take the time to thank the person who makes all of this possible. I want to commend you on that. It's important and it's something that over the years, we see it losing. Secondly, you have to know that this is a very humbling experience for me. I view you people as friends
and peers and it's such a terrific honor for me to be honored today along with all of the other men and women who shared the dias and have been honored before me. When I take a look at the previous Corbett Award winners, I really become humble.
When John called me, I recalled the very first Corbett Luncheon I attended as an athletic director. I recall wondering ifl could accomplish half of what that individual had accomplished. Now, to be honored by your peers is a tremendous honor. Today, we focus on honors on jobs well done by groups of administrators. All of those things are being matched by all of you folks sitting out there. We think of honors and those things are important to us. They build our ego and tell us that we've accomplished something in the eyes of others. But, you know the really important payoff for all of us, and this is really why we're in this business, is that in the NCAA, we're involved with over 270,000 very bright men and the NAIA and Junior College Association even adds to those numbers. The important thing, and our reward, is to see those young people become successful. We bring them into our institutions as growing, immature young people and, hopefully, see them graduate as bright, articulate people with a foundation that they can build on for the rest of their lives. It's great to hear from those people over the years. Usually, they don't appreciate what they've received at the moment, but it's so great to hear form them five or six years later when they say, "Coach, or athletic director or whatever the title may be, I really appreciate the help you gave me." This is the exciting thing, the help we give. This is the exciting thing about our profession. I hope it's as exciting to you as it's been to me over the years.
Thank you Cedric, the members ofNACDA and all of you. This is truly a great day and I'm very appreciative.
Congratulations to you, Dick. It was an honor to sit next to you and share some thoughts on college athletics. It's such a thrill for all ofus to have two of the three executive directors of the NCAA with us here today. At this time, I'd like to commend the men and women who have received awards today for their outstanding contributions to athletics, administration, to the young men and women who play at their universities and in their conferences and associations. If you'll allow me a moment or two of personal reflection related to that. I'm one of those people the only way I'll get into a hall of fame is paying admission. My wife was a basketball player at Syracuse for four years. I mention that to make a
point. She started her senior year. She wasn't an all-America, she wasn't all-conference, but it exposed me to the other part of college athletics that I never realized. It's the practice and the cramming for exams and still keeping a social life at the same time. We've talked about paying athletes for their participation if there's more revenue generated by a postseason football playoff. My generation and the younger folks playing now seem to forget that they receive a lot with that college scholarship. That education is an extraordinary thing and someone who didn't have the athletic ability to receive an athletic
scholarship to go through school appreciates this. I wish the younger people start to realize that appreciation. I have a living example of this in my house. My wife has gone on from not having a major athletic role on the basketball team to being a
financial analyst at United Technologies Corporation in Connecticut. A lot was due to the athletic scholarship she received.
I hope that, as a member of the media, I can project in some way, shape or form, the concerns and a real understanding of what athletic directors have to go through. Everyone say just pay the players. It's so easy. All of the money is coming
in. Let's remember that they receive a lot of guidance from folks like you. I wouldn't want to have anyone of your jobs. To keep your coaches happy, to keep your presidents happy, stay under budget, are all headaches which are difficult in these times of college athletics. I admire all of you and I ask you, for those ofus who don't have the strength that you do, keep pressing forward. There's nothing better than walking into a college football stadium on a Saturday or a college baseball field. That's truly what sports is all about. It's about the ones who won't get the big television commercials down the line. Keep pressing forward for their good and for the good of all of us sports fans.
Thanks for having me. It's been a pleasure.
Mike, if you'll come up for just a moment, we've got a little something for you. You've done a terrific job and we all look forward to watching your star continue to rise in sports television. Thank you for being with us.
Before I present the Past President's clock, I'd like to ask Betty Kruczek to come up, if she would, just for a moment. Betty gave our invocation and for the past five years, Betty has served as Secretary ofNACDA. She's moving out of that position and we just want you to know how much we appreciate all the work you've given the NACDA Executive Committee and the entire NACDA membership. We have a little memento for you.
As is traditional, I now have the privilege of giving the Past President's clock. Of course, this goes to the former
athletics director at the Ohio State University, Jim Jones, for his service as our President. You always hate to see outstanding people like Jim leave our profession. He's done such a tremendous job as the athletics director at Ohio State and he's given so much to our profession and to young people and to this organization. Jim, we appreciate you and wish you all the best. The President's Clock to Jim Jones.
Thank you, John. I'm indebted to the membership for the opportunity and to the Executive Committee and Officers for their diligent effort and to Mike Cleary and his staff, without whom we wouldn't have NACDA. Thank you for the opportunity .
Let's have one more round of applause for all of the people here at the head table. They are all tremendous people.
Thank you for coming and we stand adjourned. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon.