All NACDA Members
James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon
(Monday, June 19, 1995 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.)
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the 1995 James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon. If I could get your attention, I'd like you to join me in welcoming our dias. Ladies and gentlemen, to begin today's program, I would like to introduce the NACDA past presidents led by John Swofford, the athletic director at the University of North Carolina. On the upper dias are our officers and invited guests. The last group is our 1995 Hall of Fame induction class. In the front is our executive committee. Again, let me welcome you to the 1995 James J. Corbett Award Luncheon.
Before we begin, this is indeed a special day for us because we have the opportunity to honor a great leader in our industry throughout the years. We should all take this moment, as a special moment, because she's done so much for all of the student-athletes we so wholeheartedly serve. I'd like to begin the program by asking Mike Lude to help me in just a little bit of what I call, a touch of class.
For our invocation, I would like to introduce Jim Copeland, director of athletics at Southern Methodist University and our 1st vice president. After the invocation, enjoy your lunch and we will start the program shortly. Jim.
Let us pray. Lord we come to You today with gratitude and thanks for the time, the talents and possessions that You've given all of us. We are thankful for the opportunities You have given us to lead young people, to shape lives, to make decisions, to take stances. We are even grateful for the tribulations that You've brought to our lives. You have taught us that tribulation leads to experience, experience to patience and patience to hope. Finally, we're thankful for all of these people that we are honoring today, for they have been our leaders and our models. In closing, we ask for the wisdom to do with those things which You have given us, which You would see for us to do, for the energy to take on the opportunities and follow through with them and for the courage to face the tribulations. Amen.
I would like to, first of all, introduce the NACDA past presidents who are on the upper dias. I'd like to have each person stand as your name is called, and please hold all applause to the end. To my left, we have John Swofford, AD at the University of North Carolina and our immediate past president; Bill Byrne, AD at the University of Nebraska. He was at Oregon in 1991-92, while he was our president. Frank Windegger, AD at Texas Christian University, past president from 1990-91; Jack Lengyel, AD at the U.S. Naval Academy, president in 1989-90; Gary Cunningham, AD at Fresno State, president in 1988-89; Carl Miller, president in 1987-88 while at the University of the Pacific; George King, president in 1982-83 while at Purdue University. Sitting over here to my right, Mike Lude, president in 1981-82 while at the University of Washington; John Toner, president in 1980-81 while at the University of Connecticut; Ben Carnevale, 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 University in 1978-79 while he was our president; Bud Jack, president in 1971-72 while at the University of Utah. Last, but not least, 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 who have provided so much leadership to our Association and to intercollegiate athletics.
Other members on the upper dias who are not speaking are from my right:
NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary, who behind the scenes quietly does a great job; Art Eason, AD at William Paterson College and NACDA secretary; Vince Dooley, AD at the University of Georgia and NACDA 3rd vice president; Barbara Hedges, AD at the University of Washington and NACDA 2nd vice president; Jim Copeland, AD at Southern Methodist University and NACDA 1st vice president, who has done a great job with the Convention program; Manuel Cortez, president of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and we appreciate your attendance and support. Not with us today is Tucker DiEdwardo of Las Vegas Events and we want to thank them for sponsoring this luncheon as well. Some of you may know, he's the former commissioner of the Midwest Collegiate Commissioners Association. The other people will be introduced later on. Let's give these people a round of applause.
Additionally, our current leadership of NACDA, the Executive Committee is seated at the lower dias. Starting on the end, from my right is Bob Bowlsby, AD at the University of Iowa; Tony DeCarlo, AD at John Carroll University; DeLoss Dodds, AD at the University of Texas; Elaine Dreidame, senior associate AD at the University of Dayton; Greg Feris, AD at Wayland Baptist University; Eric Forseth, AD at Northwest Nazarene College; Tim Gleason, commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference; Al Gonzales, AD at New Mexico State University; Fred Gruninger, AD at Rutgers The State University of New Jersey; Dave Hart, Jr., AD at Florida State University; Mike Jacobsen, AD at Utah Valley State College; David Johnsen, AD at Iowa Wesleyan College; Cheryl Levick, associate AD at Stanford University; Chuck Lindemenn, AD at Humboldt State University; Jim Livengood, AD at the University of Arizona; Beth Miller, associate AD at the University of North Carolina; Steve Murray, AD at Elgin Community College; Kathy Noble, associate AD at the University of Montana; Louise O'Neal, AD at Wellesley College; Lea Plarski, AD at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley; Ed Sherlock, AD at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown; John Stauff, AD at Ocean County College; and Wright Waters, commissioner of the Southern Conference. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for our Officers, Executive Committee members, sponsors and guests.
It is now time for the Class of 1995 induction into the NACDA Hall of Fame. This marks the first induction since the class of 1992. I would now like to bring up Bill Byrne, director of athletics at the University of Nebraska, and chair of the NACDA Honors and Awards Committee. Bill will be presenting the Hall of Fame awards.
Thank you Gene. Let me tell you a little bit about why this is such a special class today. For those of you who have been coming to the NACDA meetings over the last few years, you've noticed that NACDA has become more than just a director of athletics association. We are now encompassing the marketing folks, we have the fund raisers here with us and, hopefully, over the next few years, we'll have additional organizations.
As part of that task, we've also set out to honor some of the various student-athletes, coaches and athletic administrators who receive and deserve special recognition. For example, three years ago, we honored the Olympic athletes who were student-athletes at our various colleges and universities. Then, we learned that the Olympic coaches, many of them who are coaches on our own campuses, were not honored by the Olympics committee, so we brought a special group of our Olympic coaches together and honored them. This last year, we honored various athletic administrators, conference commissioners, the head of the College Football Association, people who have done wonderful things who receive little credit or recognition.
As part of our normal purpose, of course, is our real purpose of the athletic Hall of Fame, is to honor directors of athletics. So this year, we're going to back into what has been our normal routine and honor directors of athletics. Where we'll be going over the next few years, I can't really say, except I anticipate we'll be honoring more Olympic athletes, what with the 1996 Games. So, NACDA has broadened much of it's purpose. Today, the drill will be that Gene will talk about the accomplishments of all of these wonderful people who are assembled here on the dias and I'll be the lucky one to hand them their plaques.
Thank Bill. Our first recipient served as the AD at the Colorado School of Mines for 18 years, beginning in 1976. Prior to that, Bruce Allison had been the AD at Union College in New York for 14 years. Bruce served as a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1977-81, was on the NCAA Council from 1987-91 and on several NCAA committees. He was the recipient of the Delphic Award, given by Union College to a faculty member for outstanding service to students. And, in 1992, he received the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association "Man of the Year" award. Ladies and gentlemen, Bruce Allison.
Our second recipient's career in athletics has spanned 40 years, including 33 at the collegiate level. Hank Anderson had been the AD at both Northern Arizona, for 10 years, and at Gonzaga University, for 21 years. He served on several NCAA committees throughout his career and on the Board of Directors for the Fiesta Bowl for six years. He helped organize the Big Sky Conference in 1963 and was the Big Sky Coach of the Year in basketball in 1966. Ladies and gentlemen, Hank Anderson.
Our third recipient, Charlie Burri, has been involved in intercollegiate athletics for 30 years and has held membership in NACDA for 27 years in a career that has included positions as AD, conference commissioner and association president. He became Missouri Western State College's first AD in 1969, expanded the program from one to nine sports and initiated the women's program in 1975. He has held numerous positions in the NAIA, was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and was a charter member of the Missouri Western Hall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Charlie Burri. Charlie, even though you coached Bob Vecchione, I hope you enjoy this opportunity.
Our next recipient, Colin Cameron, was named AD at Fairmont State College in 1977. He had been the AD at West Virginia State College for eight years. He was on several West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and NAIA committees. In 1988, 1990 and 1994, Colin was honored as the NAIA District 28 Athletic Administrator of the Year. In 1990, Colin received the prestigious Mike McLaughlin Administrative Memorial Award for contributions to the WVIAC. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1991. Ladies and gentlemen, Colin Cameron.
Our fifth recipient, Bob Devaney, served as AD at the University of Nebraska from 1967 to 1993. He spearheaded drives to rebuild most of Nebraska's athletic facilities and, in 1978, an indoor sports building was renamed the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Bob came to Nebraska in 1962 as its football coach and, in 11 years, his teams won eight Big Eight titles and two national championships and appeared in nine bowl games, including three consecutive Orange Bowl victories. In 1981, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and, in 1994, was presented with the AFCA's Amos Alonzo Stagg Award for contributions to college football. Ladies and gentlemen, Bob Devaney.
In 1964, our next recipient, Della Durant, became the first administrator for the women's athletics program during the first year of women's varsity competition at Penn State University and remained with the university for 33 years. In 1973, she was named assistant AD of the merged men's and women's program. She was on many NCAA and AIAW committees. She was also on the Executive Board of the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators for six years. Della joined the Penn State faculty in 1956 as an instructor of physical education and retired as associate professor. Ladies and gentlemen, Della Durant.
Our next recipient, Jim Jones, was Ohio State University's sixth AD, administering a program that includes 31 varsity sports. He retired in 1994 completing a 29-year career with the university. Jim came to Ohio State in 1965 as an instructor in the Department of Health and Education and joined the athletic department staff in 1967. During his tenure as AD, Jim served as NACDA's 28th president in 1992-93 and was also president of the Division I Athletic Directors Association in 1993-94. He was also on several NCAA and Big Ten committees. Ladies and gentlemen, Jim Jones.
John (J.D.) Marshall, our next recipient, served as AD at Fayetteville State University from 1980-89. He served on numerous committees for the NAIA, the NCAA, the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. In 1981 and 1982, J.D. was honored as the CIAA Athletic Director of the Year. He was instrumental in the development of the Harlon Hill Award (Division II outstanding football player). J.D. had also been the athletics director at Virginia Union University and assistant athletics director at South Carolina State University. Ladies and gentlemen, J.D. Marshall.
Our next recipient, Bill Miller, was named AD and chair of the physical education department at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley in 1966. He organized the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference and established indoor track and field as an official NJCAA sport. He was a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1980-84 and served as coordinator of NACDA's Facilities Clinic in 1973. He was the founder and first president of the National Alliance of Two-Year Collegiate Athletic Administrators. In 1993, the association named its annual award in his honor. Ladies and gentlemen, Bill Miller.
Gil Peterson is our next recipient. He became part of the Western Illinois University athletic program in 1970 as director of men's athletics and served the university for 25 years. During Gil's tenure at Western Illinois, the athletic program moved from the NAIA ranks to membership in the NCAA Division I and the Mid-Continent Conference, of which Gil was the organizing force. He represented NACDA as a member of the Executive Council of the United States Collegiate Sports Council during the World University Games in Duisburg, Germany in the summer of 1989. He served on NCAA and Mid-Continent Conference committees. Ladies and gentlemen, Gil Peterson.
Dan Quilty, our next recipient, athletic administrative career at New York University began in 1950 when he was hired as a physical education instructor and freshman basketball coach. He was named AD in 1972. He was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Jerome S. Coles Sports and Recreation Center and the return of the NYU men's varsity basketball program. Dan played an important role in the origination of the University Athletic Association and has served on numerous UAA committees. He has also been an integral part of the success of the NIT and was elected to the NYU Varsity Club's Hall of Fame in 1990. Ladies and gentlemen, Dan Quilty.
Up until her retirement in 1989, Mary Roby, our next recipient, had served in the athletic department at the University of Arizona for 30 years, most recently as associate AD. Mary served on numerous committees for the AIAW, NCAA and Pac-10 Conference and was one of the first woman named to NACDA's Executive Committee, from 1976-80. She was president of the Intermountain Athletic Conference and the Western Collegiate Athletic Association, and was vice president of the Pac-10. She was one of the founders and a board member of the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. Ladies and gentlemen, Mary Roby.
Our next recipient is Stan Sheriff, who was named the University of Hawaii's 16th AD in 1983. Accepting the award on his behalf is his son, Rich. Stan played an important role in local television contracts for Hawaii, providing its teams with exposure and financial stability. Under his guidance, Hawaii's student-athlete graduation rate topped the Western Athletic Conference for six years. He served on several NCAA and WAC committees. Stan began his career at Northern Iowa in 1958 as an assistant football coach for two years before serving as head coach for 23 years. In 1970, he took on the dual role of head football coach and director of athletics at UNI. Stan passed away on January 16, 1993. Thank you, Rich.
Glen Tuckett, our next recipient, served as AD at Brigham Young University from 1976-93 and during that time, chaired and worked on several NCAA and CFA committees. He was a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1987-91. Over the years, Glen received the Dale Rex Trophy, the Lefty Gomez Award and the Homer Rice Award, and was inducted into the Utah Sports and BYU Halls of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, Glen Tuckett.
Our final inductee is Bud Yoest, who became the AD at Otterbein College in 1976. During his tenure, the men's baseball and basketball teams reached the national finals and semifinals, respectively, and several of his teams captured Ohio Athletic Conference championships 17 times. He served as president of the OAC from 1983-85 and was a member of the NCAA Council from 1982-86. Bud was also a professor in the Otterbein's department of health and physical education for men, which he had chaired since 1972. Bud had also coached men's track and field, men's cross country and football. Ladies and gentlemen, Bud Yoest.
Ladies and gentlemen, speaking on behalf of the award recipients is Jim Jones of Ohio State University.
President Gene, thank you. Members of the dias, fellow members of NACDA, after you hear all of the accomplishments of these great recipients, it's difficult for one person to respond on their behalf. Nonetheless, we'd like to congratulate Carl on your honor this afternoon. It's well deserved. And, golly neds, we ought to declare a one-year holiday in NACDA. We are finally smart enough to honor Betty Kruczek. Betty, we are proud of you and it's a well deserved honor.
On behalf of my fellow recipients, we thank our institutions for the opportunity we had to serve, for the many assistants and staff members that we had who assisted us and supported us and for the fellow student-athletes who gave us an opportunity to serve and without whom, there would have been no need for us. We thank the members of NACDA and especially Mike Cleary and his great staff for this great honor. Thank you.
To all of the inductees, again, congratulations. Now, to present the NACDA/NIT Athletics Directors Award, Jack Powers of the NIT.
Thank you Gene. Ladies and gentlemen, it is certainly an honor and a pleasure for me to present the 1995 NACDA/NIT award to a good friend of college athletics, a man who has been involved for 35 years in college athletics and is the commissioner of the Big Eight Conference. My friend, Carl James.
Carl first started in athletics as an outstanding football player at Duke University and a member of the track team. Then, when he finished playing, they recognized his administrative abilities and he became the assistant athletic director in charge of the recruiting. After a while, he served as Duke University's athletic director and also for a period of time, he served as the athletic director at the University of Maryland. So he's been around for 35 years.
Carl was the executive director of the Sugar Bowl. He served on the NCAA Executive Committee and served on NACDA's Executive Committee. He served with the CFA Television Committee, College Bowl Coalition Committee, chair of the Collegiate Commissioners Conference, NCAA Postseason Football Committee and the NCAA Special Committee on Infractions and Penalties. He's a member of the Duke Hall of Fame and a member of the NACDA Hall of Fame. In 1994, he was the recipient of the NACDA Award for Administrative Excellence. He has announced his retirement, but he'll be around until 1996 to help us, thank God. Carl served as the host for the NCAA Final Four in Kansas. Maybe he can help get us some tickets when it moves to the Meadowlands next year.
Now, I'd like to present the award to the commissioner of the Big Eight, Carl James. The plaque reads, "The 14th Annual NIT/NACDA Athletic Administrative Award in Appreciation for Many Years of Encouragement, Endorsement and Support of the NIT". Thank you.
Jack, I appreciate those kind words and I want to express to you, the NACDA Executive Committee and the NIT, my sincere thanks. It is an honor to receive this award, as well as be on the dais with so many celebrities, associates and good friends. I am, indeed, one of the fortunate individuals in our profession to have had the privilege to work with and, in most cases, have a personal friendship with the NACDA leadership, including all 29 of the past presidents of this outstanding organization, many of whom you met today. Mr. Smith, next week, you'll make number 30. Jack, I've truly enjoyed my close association with the members of the Metropolitan Intercollegiate Basketball Association and, particularly, those memorable moments at NIT basketball games. Again, my thanks for this award. Mr. Smith, have a great convention.
Again, congratulations Carl. It's a great honor. At this time, I'd like to invite Mike Lude, one of our past presidents to the podium to recognize our James J. Corbett Memorial Award recipient.
President Smith, new Hall of Fame members, Carl James, Keith Jackson, members of the dias and all of you people who make NACDA go, ladies and gentlemen. Each year at NACDA's annual meeting, an event which has one of the most significant impacts on the profession of athletic administration, is the naming of the recipient of the James J. Corbett Award. This award is presented annually to the collegiate athletic administrator who, through the years, has most typified the late James J. Corbett, director of athletics at LSU and NACDA's first president's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and who worked unceasingly for its betterment. The Corbett Award is considered the highest honor one can achieve for athletics administration.
The 1995 recipient is Elizabeth "Betty" Kruczek. When Betty called and asked me to be her presenter, I immediately said, "Wow, yes." I didn't want her to have second thoughts and ask somebody else. I respect this lady so very much. There was no way I could give the slightest impression that I could ever consider saying no, nor did I want her to take that chance of naming someone else. Betty is the first woman to be honored with the James J. Corbett Award. It is just. It is fitting and it, you could say, it's meant to be. For you see, she embodies all of the characteristics and symbolizes all of the values that this award stands for. You should not miss reading the bio on page three of your program. It provides you with a briefing of the hundreds of accomplishments, decades of success, scores of honors and citations that this wonderful person has placed in the record bank of her professional and personal achievement portfolio.
She was sought and appointed director of men's and women's athletics long before anyone was uttering the phrase gender equity. Why? Because she's downright good, that's why. Betty was and is a model for anyone to follow for athletics administration. She deservedly should get an endorsement stipend from Nike for the phrase, "Just Do It."
I will provide you with some information and thoughts about Betty that are not in your program. Think of this example of goal orientation, determination, commitment to excellence, desire. Think of it for just a minute. Betty received her undergraduate degree after giving birth to four children, Ronald, Elizabeth, Charles and Kathleen. Betty Jackman met Henry Kruczek, are you listening, in high school in Worcester, Massachusetts. They have been married 43 years. What a wonderful team they have been. Henry is at table 80 in front of us with Ron, Betty Anne, Charlie and Kathy. Betty and Henry have 11 grandchildren. They aren't with us today, but they are with us in spirit. This lady we are honoring today is one of the most highly respected, tremendously successful intercollegiate athletics administrator in the United States.
Just close your eyes and dream with me of what an ideal athletics director should be and a portrait of Betty Kruczek will appear right in front of you. Betty has been willing to share her leadership skills, her wisdom and professional experience in virtually every known athletic field, in physical education, in recreation and health, with athletic conferences, with associations and committees, etc., etc., etc. She has coached competitive sports and cheerleading. Betty has been a highly respected teacher and much more.
One of the neat awards that she received was an award where she was chosen by the students of Fitchburg State as the Faculty Member of the Year in 1978. Betty has always been a role model by demonstrating dynamic, professional and athletic leadership. She has, without ever one hint of hesitation, served this Association as well as the NCAA, with efficiency, effectiveness, and distinction.
Please permit me to share a personal experience with you. Betty has always been a positive, contributing member of NACDA. All members of NACDA should know that she has contributed significantly to the growth, the process of positive, contributing development of this organization. I have been present in more than 50 meetings with her, such as the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Preseason Football Games Committee, Honors and Awards Committee, Nominating Committee and others. She served as secretary for six years. Just a side light that Jimmy Jones wanted to make sure I didn't forget, Betty always has a mammoth tape recorder at our meetings. She had everything down, so we assume. Now, we don't know for sure whether she has these tapes in the archives or whether she never had any tape in it at all, but she has threatened all of us that she has the goods on us. Betty Kruczek was just one outstanding secretary of this organization. I assure you she has, and she did, make a real positive impact on me and all of the others and she does it with a distinct touch of class.
I know what it is to be the recipient of the Corbett Award. It's something that has a lasting effect on one's personal and professional life. To be honored by one's peers is truly an emotional mountaintop experience. There is no way that I could be more enthusiastic and super proud, for it is an honor, a real privilege, a special thrill and an exciting opportunity to present to you today and the world the 1995 National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recipient of the James J. Corbett Award, Mrs. Elizabeth "Betty" Jackman Kruczek.
Thank you Mike, for your kind words, but let it be known that those words make it an even more intimidating experience to stand here and accept this award. Honored guests, Keith, colleagues, family and friends, first and foremost, allow me to extend my sincere congratulations to NACDA's 1995 Hall of Fame inductees for their professional achievements and thank them wholeheartedly for enhancing the positive image of intercollegiate athletics and providing a multitude of opportunities for our student-athletes. They are the pinnacles of years of dedication, service and excellence.
I shall try to be brief as I know you all have things to do, places to go, friends to greet or, just a time to enjoy a few leisure moments under the sun, be it at the pool or under the artificial sun, the lights inside, the late Andy Mooradian's country. I believe he is with us in spirit today. Professionally and socially, throughout my association with you all, whether in conjunction with the NCAA, ECAC, my conference MASCAC, or NACDA, I have never been at a loss for words. But today, I admit. I am lost finding myself in a seemingly swirling sea capped with many emotions as I try to express how honored and humble I feel in accepting NACDA's James J. Corbett Memorial Award. Yes, my name is exquisitely engraved on this prestigious award, but for me, there are many names, though invisible to the eye, but will be forever embedded in my mind and heart, your names. I have been truly blessed by being surrounded by so many wonderful friends, in essence, my extended family.
Other than today, as you my colleague friends honor me, I can only remember one other occasion in my entire life that my knees have felt so weak and that occasion, as Mike told you, was 43 years ago, when I married my high school sweetheart, the quarterback and all-city catcher, my best friend, who will always tell you he carries the luggage and opens the doors, but truly, the one who still calls the play, my Hank. And a special thank you to the joys of our lives, our children, who have given Hank and I 11 super grandchildren, Ron, Betty Ann, Charlie and Kathy. And, on the lighter side, upon learning of this award presentation, our eight year old grandson, Timmy, remarked, "Awesome Nanny, just awesome." To the dearest and truest friend one could have, the sunshine of our athletic department for 17 plus years, a professional in her own right, who tries to keep me organized and on time for all of my commitments and who will receive the 1995 Pride and Performance Award in October from the state of Massachusetts, my secretary, Dottie Ledger.
My life has been rich with friends, choice and opportunity from the day of my birth to two great parents, my late mom and dad, to Dr. Vincent J. Mara, our retiring president of Fitchburg State College, who stood up in the early years and, throughout his distinguished tenure, to provide opportunities for women in his so-called congressional lineup and to the influence of the many long admired and respected friends, the pioneers in our profession. Naming but a few will barely cover all, such as Judy Sweet, Vin Cullen, Gus Sullivan, Jane Betts, Sandra Norell Thomas, Tom Hansen, Bob Moorman and the list goes on. Especially to the former Corbett Award winners, the NACDA past presidents and also to my MASCAC colleagues, John Galaris, Paul Bogan and Larry Boyd, the list becomes never ending.
I would be remiss if I did not publicly salute the great people from Cleveland, Mike, Bob, Alice, Dottie, Laurie and Matt, who have provided us with an Association like no other - top shelf. And our many loyal exhibitors and sponsors, NACDA and my newest friends, Joyce Myers from AdCraft, Mike Rowe from the Meadowlands, Jack Lindquist from Disney, Gene Policinski from USA Today and Brian Kelly from Sears. My sincere and personal gratitude as your involvement has allowed NACDA to provide the unique and significant opportunities for our student-athletes.
A well known saying at this time is most appropriate. "The path to success is paved with inspiration." Thank you my friends for leading my way. Your friendships have fostered, shaped and enriched my life and career. On behalf of the thousands of student-athletes you have nurtured with your tenacity and ability to accomplish the task at hand, sometimes under very adverse conditions, my personal and everlasting gratitude. Friends, I accept this award on your behalf.
Congratulations Betty. That was so moving, I don't know if we want to keep going. Thank you. At this time, I would again, like to congratulate all of our inductees and award recipients who are with us today.
I would now like to bring up our featured speaker, Keith Jackson of ABC Sports. Keith is in his 31st consecutive season as the play-by-play announcer for ABC's coverage of college football and he will probably be in service at one of NACDA's preseason games this fall. A highly respected announcer, he became the only man to ever win five straight Sportscaster of the Year awards, from 1972-76, as voted upon by his peers. In 1992, he became the first sports announcer to receive the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, presented by the AFCA. A favorite speaker at NACDA's Conventions, ladies and gentlemen, I present Keith Jackson.
I don't want to follow that last act. Betty, you're tough. Congratulations to all of you going into the Hall. I can look down and see Hank Anderson, how many times those Gonzaga Bulldogs screwed the whole basketball structure of the northwest. I used to do the Seattle University games and, Lord, you never heard so much weeping and carrying on by those Jesuits over on the west side of the mountain. Hank always got them once a season.
Somebody once said that Bob Devaney and I drank so much whiskey, we were starting to look alike. We had a good time, didn't we Coach? We went on a tour one time and B'nai B'rith had a day for Bob in Omaha. The general called and asked me what we'd like to do. I didn't consult him. I just said I want to go out to Sack and have a look underground to see those things you guys have been hiding out there all these years. So, Bob and I got a tour and a free lunch. Bob got to go down and sit in the big chair with all those buttons. I think that's the only time I've ever seen him intimidated.
Glen, probably the best second baseman I ever saw in Western International League Baseball and I know, the best that Lewiston and the Bronx ever had. See, I used to make a little walking around money when I was going to school at Washington State. I'd drive my little Pontiac down to Lewiston on Saturday and Sunday and made $35. I tell you that was a hoot back in 1950. That was worth something.
But, congratulations to all of you. Seven letters at Duke for the old Blue Devil, Carl. Seven letters. Think about that. That's a lot. I did my first college football game in 1952 for Washington State and Stanford on radio. Television hadn't even gotten to the northwest in those days. But, I grew up walking straight north and south with one foot in Georgia and one foot in Alabama. That's why I talk so funny. I went to school at a little cow college that produced Ed Morrow and folks like that to a little old place that had enough pride to take the old beef cattle barn and turn it into an alumni center. To a group of people who believe that we have had, over the years, things worth keeping and that everything done in the past wasn't bad. I'm approaching my seventh decade now and I still believe that. As I look at the heads around this room, sprinkled with gray, I know that same feeling is there inside those people because they have survived, they have endured and they have carried on traditions worthy of keeping.
We're at a time of hard sell when it comes to keeping tradition. We're at a time of hard sell at all levels of our life about the values that we know we must have in order for our societal progress to continue. Those of you who function in the department of athletics as the directors, face a chore that I do not envy. It is a difficult chore and there isn't one single one of these gentlemen who have passed through who will not tell you the same thing. Bud Jack will probably add something to it once he sees his city endure an Olympics. That will change lives in Utah, I guarantee you. That's the way the world is.
Communications are so profound today that the simple little thing called network television is a gone goose. We're doomed. You're looking at a dinosaur. He hasn't dropped his tail yet, but it ain't far. These things will all change and they will change quickly because you will eventually have to make regional decisions that can eventuate to national decisions, but you will not know it when you make your decisions. You, athletic directors, are probably looking at some of the biggest crap games you've ever heard of, but many of them will work and some of them will collapse. You are facing some very trying times, but they're exciting times. If we can retain the traditions and retain the values that have marked the progress of collegiate athletics all through the years, then we will have succeeded, because those are traditions and those are values that are so essential.
I have learned in recent times trying to overcome the effects of the earthquake of last year, trying to get back into our house, that dealing with any governmental agency over any period of time can resurrect one's devotion to revolution. You athletic directors are in the grip of something akin to a revolution at the present time, but hang in, endure and you'll win because you've been walking on solid ground for a long time.
I would leave you with this one bit of wisdom from Yogi that I heard used recently by the current administration in Washington and it fits them and it also fits our plight. "When you come to the fork in the road, take it." Thank you.
Thank you Keith. We want to thank you for that fine message that we will all take with us when we leave here. I would like to present you with our first and only Whoa Nelly Award to Keith Jackson. I would like to ask John Swofford to come to the podium.
It is my privilege to give the Past Presidents clock to John, the athletics director at the University of North Carolina, for his service to this Association as president last year. John, thanks for all you have given to college athletics. I want to present you with this small clock as a token of our appreciation for all the work you have done for us this past year.
Bill Byrne said it gave him a hernia and Frank said it messed up both of his hips so I didn't want to hold this very long. I consider the opportunity to serve NACDA as one of its presidents as a tremendous honor and a tremendous privilege because of the respect I have for you, the people who make NACDA what it is, the respect I have for the role that NACDA plays in our great profession and for the immense respect that I have for the other gentlemen, and in a couple of years, there will be a lady, that have preceded me as presidents of NACDA. I thank you for the honor, the privilege and the opportunity. I want to thank Mike Cleary and his terrific staff for the tremendous job they do. Mike, we all owe you a tremendous debt of gratitude for what you and your staff do.
I also want to thank my staff at the University of North Carolina. To have the opportunity to serve nationally in any kind of capacity, I think we all know, as athletic directors, that you have to have great people around you. I certainly have that in Chapel Hill and some of them are here today. I hope they know how much they mean to me. Thank you very much.
We have one more task before we adjourn today's luncheon. I'd like to ask Mike Cleary to come up. Mike, I'm from Cleveland. Don't make me come up there and get you. Yesterday we were in a meeting and some of the past presidents were a little concerned that over time, there might be different people making decisions in the room when NACDA progresses on in the years to come. I looked over and John and I know he's only 28 years, so I figured he'll be there for a long time. Then, I realized that Betty has the tapes. But, there's one person that has, for sure, set the standard for collegiate athletic administration.
This organization is outstanding. As we brought back the Hall of Fame and inducted all of these fine people, we would be remiss if we didn't take the opportunity to recognize the individual who has headed up this program for a number of years and provided so many of you, and me, an opportunity to come together and share, to come together and learn from our peers about our industry. I look down this table and I see the faces of a lot of people that I learned a lot from. It's our responsibility to go on in the future years and teach the young men and women the values in intercollegiate athletics. This man standing here before you today, has provided us with this environment, this ability to learn how to appropriately do that. Mike, I want to ask John Swofford to present to you a token of our appreciation for your numerous years of service and everything that you have done for athletic administrators throughout the years. Thank you, Mike.
Gene, all I can say is thank you very much, and if anyone on the staff knew anything about this, you're done. I do know what part of Cleveland Gene came from, so I'll do whatever he says. I appreciate everything. I thinks it's the job of an Association president to make sure that the officers and the president that year have a great year. We're appreciative on the first and 15th of every month and I think that's very sufficient. Thank you very much.
Again, honorees, congratulations. I hope you've enjoyed your experiences. For many of us, thank you for all that you have taught us and for being role models for those of us who will try and carry your torch. Ladies and gentlemen, this luncheon is adjourned. Go and fund raise.