All NACDA Members
Scholarship Awards Luncheon
(Tuesday, June 15, 1:00-2:30 p.m.)
If you could please take your seats, we would like to begin. Thank you. Please direct your attention to the side of the room, I would like to welcome our head table, the officers, our past presidents, and today's award winners. Ladies and gentlemen, our head table. Thank you.
Welcome to the 1999 NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon. It is my pleasure to introduce Debbie Yow to give the invocation. Debbie is the director of athletics at the University of Maryland and NACDA's second vice president. Debbie.
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Ladies and gentlemen, to begin today's program, I would like to introduce the people on the dais who are not speaking today. Please hold your applause to the end. On the upper dais, to my right and your left is our executive director, Mike Cleary. Beside him are our current Officers:
Bill Bradshaw, AD at Depaul University and NACDA's 3rd vice president; Debbie Yow, AD at the University of Maryland and NACDA's 2nd vice president; Dave Hart, Jr., AD at Florida State University and NACDA's 1st vice president; Joe Crowley, president at the University of Nevada, who has been so helpful to NACDA in setting up our Convention; Joe Arace, college sports editor at USA Today, our media partner in the Sears Directors' Cup program; and although he will be speaking later, I would like to introduce Mark Cohen, executive vice president of marketing for Sears, Roebuck and Company and sponsor of today's luncheon.
On the lower dais, to my right and your left are our past presidents. I would like to have each person stand as their name is called. Please hold your applause to the end. We have Bob Bronzan, president in 1967-68 while at San Jose State University; Ben Carnevale, president in 1979-80 while at the College of William and Mary; John Toner, president in 1980?81 while at the University of Connecticut; Mike Lude, president in 1981?82 while at the University of Washington; Carl Miller, president in 1987-88 while at the University of the Pacific; Gary Cunningham, AD at the University of California-Santa Barbara and president in 1988-89; Jack Lengyel, AD at the U.S. Naval Academy, president in 1989?90; Frank Windegger, president in 1990-91 while at Texas Christian University; Bill Byrne, AD at the University of Nebraska and president in 1991-92; and Jim Copeland, AD at Southern Methodist University and president in 1995-96. Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big round of applause for these outstanding men and women who have provided so much leadership to our Association and to intercollegiate athletics.
Ladies and gentlemen, let's have another round of applause for our past presidents, current officers and our sponsor. Thank you.
Serving as our master of ceremonies today is Lesley Visser of ESPN and ABC Sports.
Lesley, a pioneer among women sports journalists, joined ESPN and ABC Sports in September 1994. For ESPN, she serves as a correspondent for "NFL GameDay" and "SportsCenter." She also contributes to the network's Triple Crown horse racing specials and college basketball programming, including covering the NCAA Final Four.
At ABC, Lesley is the sideline reporter for "Monday Night Football." She has served as a sideline reporter for college football bowl games, NFL playoff games and the Super Bowl, and as a reporter on Triple Crown horse racing events and the "Wide World of Sports."
A graduate of Boston College, Lesley entered the field in 1974 when she joined the sports staff at the Boston Globe. Two years later, she became the first female NFL beat writer when she began covering the New England Patriots.
Lesley won the Women's Sports Foundation's journalism award in 1992 in the network television category. In 1983, Lesley was selected as the Outstanding Woman Sportswriter in America and was twice named the New England Newswoman of the Year.
Ladies and gentlemen, Lesley Visser.
Thank you Jim. We are pleased to honor our four NACDA Foundation Football Scholar?Athletes. The NACDA Foundation, in conjunction with the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics, annually sponsors a postgraduate scholarship for one member of each of the teams that participated in the two NACDA-sponsored preseason football games.
The NACDA Foundation is providing the funds for four $5,000 grants, a total of $20,000 in postgraduate scholarships. Each of the winners is a varsity football letterwinner who has completed his eligibility and has carried at least a 3.0 grade point average.
Bios of all of the scholarship recipients we are recognizing today are in your program. However, we will only be announcing those who could be with us today.
Our first recipient is Adam Abrams, a kicker for the University of Southern California, which is currently in 10th place in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Adam earned a 3.36 GPA in business administration. Our next recipient is Myron Jackson, a tight end from Florida State University, now in 57th place in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Myron earned a 3.16 GPA in physical education. Our final recipient is Gregory Knutson, a tight end for Texas A&M University, which is in 43rd place in the Division I Sears Directors' Cup standings. Gregory earned a 3.16 GPA in agribusiness.
Congratulations gentlemen. Now, we are pleased to join with our friends from Sears in presenting the Sears Directors' Cup Trophies and Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners. To introduce you to the program is Lee McElroy, athletics director at American University and chair of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee.
Thank you Lesley. We are very proud to be honoring winners from all levels of the NCAA ?? Divisions I, II and III ?? and the NAIA. In addition to honoring our winners, we will also present plaques to those institutions that finished in second through fifth places for all four categories. Even though the College World Series is still underway, we have been able to determine the top five places. However, points listed will not include the baseball results. Final standings and point totals for Division I will be released next week, following the conclusion of the College World Series. We are proud of the excellence these institutions have achieved. Coinciding with the trophies are the presentations of the postgraduate scholarships. Each recipient was required to have at least a 3.0 GPA and serve in one of the support categories for the athletics department. This would include students in academic support, band members, cheerleaders, equipment room managers, facility staff, sports information assistants, team managers and athletics trainers. There are four at?large scholarships per division and one to a student at the institution that wins the Sears Directors' Cup trophy. Each of these young men and women will receive a $5,000 scholarship for postgraduate study, funded by Sears, for a total of $100,000. We received 101 nominations. Through the outstanding work of the Sears Directors' Cup Committee, we have arrived at our four winners from each division. Since the inception of the Sears Directors' Cup program in 1993-94, close to $950,000 in postgraduate scholarships have been awarded. Now, to explain Sears involvement in the program, we have Mark Cohen, executive vice president of Sears, Roebuck and Company. Mark.
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Thank you Mark. We will begin with the Sears Directors' Cup Scholarships for the NCAA Division I. Our first scholarship recipient is Amy Bourque, a cheerleader at Baylor University, which is now in 39th place in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Amy posted a 3.82 GPA in health science and plans to attend the University of Texas Dental School at Houston. Our next recipient is Matthew Bozzelli, a cheerleader at the University of Notre Dame, in 26th place in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Matthew posted a 3.80 GPA in finance and graduated in three years in order for his brother to have the opportunity to attend Notre Dame. Our third winner is Kathryn Clark, who was involved in academic support at Louisiana State University, which is in 17th place in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Kathryn earned a GPA of 3.81 in psychology and will pursue her master's degree in social work. Our final winner is Kate Kenworthy, an athletics trainer at Boston University. Kate earned a 3.76 GPA in athletics training. For the past five years, during her mother's illness and after the death of both of her parents, Kate was the primary care giver for her brothers and was responsible for her family's finances, as well as her college tuition.
Moving to Division III, our first scholarship recipient is Rachel Barry, an athletics trainer at Methodist College, which placed 13th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Rachel posted a GPA of 3.90 in sports medicine. Rachel graduated in three years and will attend East Carolina University Health Education Graduate Program. Our second winner is Jill Kison, an athletics trainer at Concordia University in Wisconsin. Jill earned a near-perfect GPA of 3.97 in athletics training and sports medicine and will attend Concordia for a graduate degree in physical therapy. Our next recipient is Anne-Marie Lopes, another athletics trainer, this time from Rosemont College. Anne-Marie posted a GPA of 3.95 with a double major in biochemistry and sociology and will attend the University of Connecticut Medical School. Our final at?large recipient is Martin Scarpato, an equipment room manager from Gettysburg College, which placed 55th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Martin posted a GPA of 3.83 in health and exercise science and will pursue a master's degree in cardiac rehabilitation.
I am pleased to introduce to you our NAIA Scholarship recipients. Our first winner is Janalyn Clement, a cheerleader from William Jewell College. Janalyn earned a GPA of 3.05 in psychology and will pursue her master's degree in social work. Our next recipient is Julie Phillips, a cheerleader from Oklahoma Baptist University, which placed 20th in the NAIA Sears Directors' Cup standings. Julie posted a GPA of 3.50 in pre-physical therapy. Accepted into the University of Oklahoma physical therapy school in the summer of 1998, Julie will begin her studies there in August. Lisa Rehder is from Lewis-Clark State College, which placed 14th in the Sears Directors' Cup Standings. Lisa, who was the assistant to the athletics director, earned a 3.70 GPA in elementary education. Our final recipient is Tanya Tolman, an athletics trainer from Black Hills State University. Tanya earned a GPA of 3.34 in wellness management. She will pursue her master's degree in wellness management at Colorado State University.
Our last set of recipients comes from Division II. Our first scholarship award is for Patrick Olson, an assistant coach for the women's basketball team at Minnesota State University at Mankato. Patrick posted a GPA of 3.50 in elementary education. After the deaths of his parents and his brother in the past three years, Patrick gave up his collegiate basketball career in order to put himself through college. He will pursue his master's degree in sports administration at Mankato. Our next recipient is Tami Schaffer, who was the women's basketball team manager for Fort Hays State University, which finished 64th in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. Tami earned a GPA of 3.70 in elementary education. Our final recipient is Connie Weiser, an athletics trainer at Tarleton State University. Connie earned a 3.71 GPA in exercise and sports studies. Connie is the first member of her family to graduate from college. Although her father passed away when she was a freshman, she fulfilled his dream.
Ladies and gentlemen, please give a big round of applause for our 1999 Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Award winners. Here to speak on behalf of our scholarship recipients is fellow Bostonian Kate Kenworthy of Boston University. Kate.
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It is now my pleasure to introduce the winners of the 1998-99 Sears Directors' Cup Trophies and the top five institutions in each division. Not all of the institutions that achieved these results were able to have representatives in attendance at this luncheon. However, we will recognize all of them.
We will begin with Division I. Coming in at fifth place with 560 points is the University of California-Los Angeles, represented by Betsy Stephenson, the associate director of athletics. Our fourth place finisher, with 580 points, is the University of Florida, represented by Assistant Athletics Director Mike Speegler. Claiming third place, with 600 points is Penn State University, represented by Herb Schmidt, the associate director of athletics. And, the 1999 runner-up, with 720 points, is the University of Georgia, with Associate Athletics Director Richard Bestwick. Congratulations to all.
It is now my pleasure to present the sixth Division I Sears Directors' Cup. The winner of the inaugural Division I Sears Directors' Cup was the University of North Carolina. Winning the last four years was Stanford University. The 1999 winner currently has 910 points, but will earn more points through its appearance in the College World Series. They scored in the maximum of 20 sports allowed in the standings - 10 women's and 10 men's. They won the national championship in women's tennis and posted six runner-up finishes. In total, 14 of their 19 sports thus far posted top 10 finishes. Let's watch them in action. (Video plays.)
And now, here to accept the trophy one more time for the Stanford Cardinal is Director of Athletics Ted Leland.
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We will now move on to Division III. With 430 points each, we have a tie for fourth place. Holding one of those positions is Amherst College, which unfortunately, could not have a representative here today. Sharing that position is Rowan College, represented by Director of Athletics Joy Reighn. Our third place finisher, represented by Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh, is the College of New Jersey with 470 points. Although no one could be here for our runner-up, we would like to commend Middlebury College, which posted 560 points. Congratulations to all.
Now, to present the Sears Directors' Cup to our Division III winner. Winning the first two years was Williams College from Williamstown, Massachusetts, while last year's winner was the University of California-San Diego. This year's winner scored in 15 of a possible 18 sports, earning 640 points from eight women's and seven men's teams. They won the national title in men's tennis and were the runner-up in women's tennis. They recorded 11 top 10 placements. Let's watch our winners. (Video plays).
Here to accept the trophy for Williams College is Assistant Director of Athletics Gary Guerin.
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Congratulations Gary and Williams. Moving on to the NAIA. We had another tie for fourth place, with each institution recording 440 points. Holding one of those positions is Oklahoma City University, which unfortunately could not be represented today. Also placing fourth is Lindenwood University, represented by Director of Athletics Dan Kratzer. Out third place finisher is Life University, which also could not have anyone here. They posted 490 points. This year's runner-up, with 500 points is Azusa Pacific University. Here for Azusa Pacific is Director of Athletics Bill Odell. Congratulations to all.
The inaugural winner in the NAIA was Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, while the winner for the last two years has been one of only two Canadian institutions in the competition, Simon Fraser University. This year's winner scored in the maximum number of sports, 12, including six women's and six men's. They won national titles in women's cross country, women's soccer, women's softball and men's swimming and posted runner-up placements in women's basketball and men's golf. They recorded a total of nine top 10 finishes and posted 790 points. Let's watch them in action. (Video plays.)
Here to accept the trophy one again for Simon Fraser University is Director of Athletics Michael Dinning.
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Congratulations Michael and Simon Fraser. Our final set of winners comes from Division II, which had a very tight race. Only 20 points separated our top five colleges. We, once again, had a tie for fourth place, with each team posting 320 points. Florida Southern University claimed one of those positions and could not be represented today. Sharing that spot was North Dakota State University, represented by Associate Director of Athletics Pat Simmons. There was also a tie for second place, which came in at 330 points. Director of Athletics Stan Lambert represents Abilene Christian. Here for the University of California-Davis is Athletics Director Greg Warzecka. Congratulations all.
This is the fourth year for Division II. Last year's winner was California State University-Bakersfield, while the winner for the first two years was the University of California-Davis. This year, we have a brand new recipient. They posted 340 points and won national titles in women's and men's cross country. They scored in three men's and two women's sports, with all five teams placing in the top 10. Let's watch some highlights from our 1999 winner. (Video plays).
And now, here to accept the trophy for the new winner in Division II, Adams State College, is Director of Athletics Rodger Jehlicka.
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Let's give a round of applause to our four 1999 Sears Directors' Cup winners -- Stanford, Adams State, Williams and Simon Fraser.
I would also like to congratulate the four winners of the Sears Directors' Cups and the institutions that have finished in the top five. They have had remarkable achievements. I would also like to congratulate the outstanding students you see before you today for their exceptional achievements.
Thank you Lesley. Please accept this memento on behalf of NACDA for serving as our emcee.
I would like to ask Mark Cohen to return to the podium. Mark, it is through your support and the support of Sears that the Sears Directors' Cup program has become such a success. We know this is your first year with the program. We appreciate all of Sears and your efforts on behalf of NACDA and the Sears Directors' Cup program. To show our appreciation, we would like to give you this memento.
Just a quick reminder to browse the exhibit hall and drop your business cards in the boxes at each exhibitor's booth. The grand prize, compliments of International Sport, Inc., will be drawn at the Business Session tomorrow morning. We stand adjourned.