||35th NACDA Convention|
June 11-14, 2000
All NACDA Members
James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon
Monday, June 12, 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Thank you. If you could direct your attention to the back of the room, I would like to welcome our head table, the Officers, Executive Committee members and today's award winners. Ladies and gentlemen, our head table. Thank you. Welcome to the 2000 James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon.
Welcome to the 2000 James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon. Please rise for our invocation. I would like to introduce Frank Windegger, retired from Texas Christian University and NACDA's president in 1990-91. After the invocation, please enjoy your lunch and we will start the program in about half an hour. Frank.
(Invocation was inaudible)
I hope you enjoyed your lunch. Please continue eating while we begin the program. I would like to open by introducing our Officers and Executive Committee members. On the upper dais, to my right and your left is Mike Cleary, your Executive Director; Bill Bradshaw, AD at DePaul University and NACDA's 2nd Vice President; Debbie Yow, AD at the University of Maryland and NACDA's 1st Vice President; Joe Castiglione, AD at the University of Oklahoma and NACDA's 3rd Vice President; Tim Gleason, Commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference and NACDA's Secretary; and, Jack Powers, Executive Director of the NIT, also a sponsor of today's luncheon.
On the middle dais, to my left and your right, we have Lamar Berry, national sales manager for Continental Airlines, sponsor of the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award; Craig Wessel, director of marketing for the SportsBusiness Journal, our media partner in the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year program; and Laura Scanlan, senior vice president of public Affairs for First USA Bank, representing our luncheon sponsor, First Mentors.
Additionally, the current leadership of NACDA, the Executive Committee is seated at the lower dais. Starting on the end, from my right and your left is Jennifer Alley, executive director of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators; Tricia Bork, group executive director of championships at the NCAA; Linda Bruno, commissioner of the Atlantic 10 Conference; Ron Case, AD at Gloucester County College; Don Childs, AD at Alvin Community College Dana Craft, associate AD at Southwest Texas State University; Jim Fallis, AD at the University of Northern Colorado; Brian Farrell, AD at Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville; Bill Fusco, AD at Somoma State College; Amy Hackett, associate AD at the University of Utah; Warren Hansen, AD at Cuesta College; Terri Howes, associate AD at West Virginia University; Roger Maisner, AD at Mansfield University; Bob Marcum, AD at the University of Massachusetts; and Bobby May, AD at Rice University.
On the lower dais, to my left and your right is Lee McElroy, AD at American University; Porter Miller, AD at Earlham College; John Parry, AD at Butler University; Howard Patterson, AD at the University of the Incarnate Word; Kim Record, assistant AD at Florida State University; Judy Rose, AD at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte; David Stair, AD at Evangel University; Betsy Stephenson, associate AD at UCLA; Don Tencher, AD at Rhode Island College; Keith Tribble, executive director of the FedEx Orange Bowl; Max Urick, AD at Kansas State University; Alfred White, commissioner of the Southern Conference; Miechelle Willis, associate AD at Ohio State University; and Dick Young, AD at Lynn University. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for the Officers, Executive Committee Members, their spouses and guests.
I'm going to take a president's liberty. My family is here and I'm glad my family is here and I don't want to introduce them, but I do want to recognize our first grandson, Trevor. He's somewhere here today.
I would now like to turn the program over to our emcee, Bonnie Bernstein of CBS Sports. Bonnie joined CBS in June of 1998. She serves as a sideline reporter for the network's coverage of the NFL and the NCAA Men's Basketball Championships, as well as a studio host for "Pennzoil at the Half." Bonnie has covered the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships, the U.S. Tennis Open, track and field, figure skating and files reports for "The Early Show" on CBS.
She previously worked at ESPN from 1995 to 1998, where she was a correspondent for "SportsCenter." She also covered the NBA Finals, Major League Baseball Playoffs and the NCAA Women's Basketball Championships.
Bonnie graduated magna cum laude with a degree in broadcast journalism from Debbie Yow's school, the University of Maryland, where she was an Academic all-American in gymnastics and received the Thomas M. Fields Award for academic and athletics excellence.
I believe Bonnie to be one of the true professionals in our field today and it is our honor and privilege that she has graced us with her presence to be our emcee at today's luncheon. Please welcome Bonnie Bernstein.
Thank you everyone. Such a nice way to introduce me today Dave, but unlike your grandson who's not set in his ways yet, I'm not doing this anytime soon.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to join you today and share in the celebration of your 35th anniversary. This is one the side bars from some of the things I do for CBS and I really enjoy doing this. I know that Paul Dee from Miami is not with us today, but if any of you happen to see him, let him know that if he wants to buy me out for a million dollars, I'd be more than happy to coach his basketball team.
We will begin this afternoon's festivities by introducing you to an exciting program NACDA is sponsoring to offer student-athletes the opportunity to mentor young children. First Mentors, which is our luncheon sponsor, has a mission to unite college students with children in need of a friend and mentor. The program's main goal is to motivate these children to attend college after they graduate from high school. It also allows college students the opportunity to give back to their community.
First USA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America formed First Mentors in 1999. This past year, NACDA selected First Mentors as its official mentoring program. In this role, NACDA works with the athletics departments at colleges and universities across the country to recruit students and student-athletes as mentors.
Rather than just explain the program, we want to show you two videos that will demonstrate how First Mentors has made and continues to make an impact on both the children and college students who serve as their mentors. The first video is a public service announcement that was created to raise awareness of First Mentors and to generate excitement among college students. As they say in New York, let's go to the videotape. (Video plays.)
The second video is a highlight reel of last year's national kickoff events. To launch the inaugural year of First Mentors, last September, a media and recruitment event was held at Fordham University with celebrity spokesperson Amy Jo Johnson from the WB's hit television show "Felicity." The publicity generated from these events helped First Mentors receive national exposure. Let's take a look. (Video plays.)
Now that you have seen and heard the history behind First Mentors, we would like you to meet some of the beneficiaries of the program. We are fortunate to have some First Mentors Littles who have joined us for this luncheon today, along with representatives from First USA and BBBSA. I would like to ask them to please stand and be recognized. They are seated at two tables in the center of the front row. Let's give them a hand. Also here today is Viola Bostic from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
They have been involved with First Mentors for the past year and have been exposed to the college experience through their Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Please feel free to speak with them after lunch about their experiences in the program.
For those of you who would like more information about First Mentors or would like to see about your school getting involved, please stop by the First Mentors booth #5 in the Exhibit Hall Foyer.
This is the big reason why we're here. We'd now like to direct our attention to the NACDA Hall of Fame Class of 2000. When I got this script, there's a lot of awards of recognition to go out today. I was trying to find a way to juice this up. I thought I might do a rapper, but after seeing John Henley trying to rap the other day, I didn't think it was a good idea. We have 18 exceptional athletics administrators to honor today. They join a group of 346 administrators who have previously been inducted.
Each Hall of Famer will come up beside me and be congratulated by your president, Dave Hart.
Our first inductee is Paul Bogan of Westfield State College. Paul passed away in 1997. Here to accept his award is his brother Dan Bogan. Paul was the AD at Westfield State for 32 years. He was also commissioner of the Massachusetts State College Athletics Conference for 10 years and commissioner of the New England Football Conference for five years. After his retirement from Westfield State, Paul became the first full-time commissioner of the Northeast 10 Conference. He was a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1976 to 1980, was secretary for five years and parliamentarian for 12 years. He was recognized by the All-American Football Foundation as an Asa Bushnell Commissioner honoree and a General Robert R. Neyland Athletics Director honoree. Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of Paul Bogan, Dan Bogan.
Our next inductee is John Caine, whose career in athletics spanned 39 years. John was the AD at California State University-Fullerton, San Jose State University, the University of Oregon and the University of California-Irvine. John served two stints on NACDA's Executive Committee, from 1971 to 1972 while he was at Cal State-Fullerton, and again from 1980 to 1981 while he was at Oregon. He was also active in the NCAA and Big West and Pac-10 Conferences. In 1994, John was honored in his hometown of Ashland, Kentucky on the Wall of Fame. Ladies and gentlemen, John Caine.
This next gentlemen, I just had the pleasure of meeting this afternoon. In the very short time I'd spoken to him, you can very easily see his passion for athletics, particularly for women's athletics. A fixture at Tufts University for more than three decades, Rocky Carzo was its AD from 1973 until his retirement in 1999. He was responsible for increasing the number of sports offered from just 12 to 35, including the establishment of a women's program. He is a member of NACDA's Kickoff Classic Games Committee and has served as president of the ECAC and vice president of the NCAA. He was a recipient of the ECAC/Jostens Administrator of the Year Award, the National Football Foundation Distinguished American Award and the General Robert R. Neyland Award. Last year, Rocky was one of the inaugural winners of the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award, honored in Division III. Rocky Carzo.
Jean Cerra began her career in athletics administration in 1976 at the University of Missouri. In 1991, she was selected as the AD at Barry University. The Buccaneers finished third in the Division II Sears Directors' Cup standings in 1997-98 and have since placed in the top 10 percent of the standings. Jean was one of the founders of the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, which evolved into NACWAA. She was also instrumental in the establishment of NCAA championships and scholarships for women. She recently completed a term on the NCAA Division II Management Council. Jean currently holds the position of vice provost for enrollment and academic services and dean of the school of human performance and leisure sciences at Barry. Jean Cerra.
Jackson State University was the last stop for Howard Davis during his more than 30-year career in athletics administration. Howard, who recently passed away, was AD at Jackson State for five years. Prior to that, he spent 16 years as AD and head of health and physical education at Tuskegee University. He was also the chair of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. At Tuskegee, Howard initiated the university's Athletic Hall of Fame. He also founded the school's association that provides support funds to the athletics programs. Howard was a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1981 to 1983. He has held every major office in the NCAA with the exception of president. Here to accept Howard's award is his son, Todd Davis.
Dean Ehlers was the first AD at James Madison University, a position he held for 22 years. When he arrived in 1971, it was a small program without football, a conference affiliation or athletics scholarships and with limited athletics facilities. Today, it is nationally recognized and continues to improve. Dean was the president of the Colonial Athletic Association during its founding. The CAA established the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award in his honor. Dean has been inducted into the Central Methodist and JMU Athletic Halls of Fame. He was also chosen as Central Methodist College's Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient in 1998. Dean Ehlers.
Dave Gavitt has done it all in his athletics administration career. Unfortunately, Dave could not be with us today, but we are joined by his son Dan. Dave coached basketball at Dartmouth and Providence College and was chosen to coach the 1980 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team. Dave then served as AD at Providence for 10 years, where he expanded the athletics program from seven sports to 24 sports. He helped found the Big East Conference in 1979 and served as commissioner until 1990. Dave then became CEO of the Boston Celtics and was president of the NCAA Foundation. Dave is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Here for Dave is Dan Gavitt.
Upon her retirement in 1994, Kit Green had served for 20 years in the athletics department at the University of Washington, with most of those years as the senior associate director of athletics. She oversaw all personnel, program and budget responsibilities for Washington's 21 men's and women's Olympic sports. She served on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1983 to 1987 and was instrumental in creating the popular round tables you will all enjoy tomorrow. She served on the board of directors of the Northwest College Women's Sports Association and the AIAW. Kit was honored with the lifetime achievement award from NACWAA in 1999 and was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame at Washington in 1998. Kit Green.
Jim Harvey was the AD at Miami-Dade Community College for 19 years where he founded the student-athlete academic monitoring program. Jim was on NATYCAA's Executive Committee for nine years, as well as NACDA's Executive Committee from 1989 to 1993 and was president of the Florida Community College Activities Association. Jim was the NJCAA Region 8 Director and was the NJCAA National Tournament Director of 11 tournaments. He was inducted into the Florida Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. He also received NATYCAA's L. William Miller Athletic Administration Excellence Award, the NJCAA National Service Award and the University of Texas Leadership Award. Jim Harvey.
In 1956, Bill Hollinger became AD and coach of basketball, track and football at Hiram College. He was chair of the Ohio Athletic and Presidents' Athletic Conference Athletics Directors and was a four-time member of the NCAA Division III Selection Committee. Bill has received the Hiram College and Ohio House of Representatives Distinguished Service Awards and the Hiram College Lifelong Leadership Award. Bill is a member of the Hiram College and Portage County Halls of Fame. Upon his retirement, Bill was recognized by Bethany College, John Carroll University, Mount Union College, Washington and Jefferson College, the College of Wooster, the PAC Track Coaches and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bill Hollinger.
Phyllis Howlett was involved in collegiate athletics for more than 20 years. Phyllis began her collegiate career at Drake University before moving on to the University of Kansas and finally, the Big Ten Conference. Phyllis was the NCAA secretary/treasurer from 1995 to 1997, on the NACDA Executive Committee from 1986 to 1990 and the secretary for the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. Phyllis is a member of both the Indianola, Iowa High School and Simpson College Halls of Fame. She received the NACDA Award for Administrative Excellence, the Honda Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women's Athletics and the Football Foundation Award. Due to a knee injury, Phyllis could not be with us today. To accept on her behalf is Miechelle Willis of Ohio State University representing the Big Ten Conference.
Joe Justice's career as a student, coach and administrator at Rollins College spanned more than 40 years. Joe coached baseball for 25 years, golf and soccer for 11 years, basketball for two years and football for one year. He was named NCAA Coach of the Year for baseball in 1954 and for golf in 1970. Joe was also the AD from 1957 to 1981 and the dean of men for six years. He has been honored in multiple halls of fame, including the American Association of College Baseball Coaches, the Rollins Sports, the Florida Sports, the Western North Carolina Sports, Central Florida Sports and Sunshine State Conference. He was honored by the Orlando Touchdown Club in 1957. He has also received the Rollins Decoration of Honor. Joe could not be with us today, but accepting on his behalf is his son, Dale.
Ed Markey served Saint Michael's College for five decades, including close to 30 years as its AD, beginning in 1968. During his tenure, the college went from men only, with six sports and no on-campus athletics facility to coeducational, with 20 varsity sports and a multi-million dollar athletics facility. Ed was president of the New England College Athletic Conference, assistant commissioner of the Northeast-10 Conference and the secretary/treasurer of the Mideast Collegiate Conference. Ed received the ECAC Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and was inducted into the Saint Michael's College Hall of Fame in 1988. Ed Markey.
Bill Marshall was the director of athletics and recreation at Franklin & Marshall College from 1971 to 1998. After Franklin & Marshall became coeducational, Bill was instrumental in introducing 11 sports for women and promoted women's varsity sports on the conference, regional and national levels. He also coached the basketball, tennis and squash teams. Bill was on the ECAC Executive Committee and was elected to serve as the ECAC president in 1999. When Bill was elected to the Franklin & Marshall Hall of Fame last year, it marked the first time a single new member was inducted, as he was "In a Class by Himself." Bill Marshall.
Bob Mason's name was synonymous with athletics at Austin College. He was the school's AD from 1969 to 1997, served on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1974 to 1978 and was president of the NAIA. He was the first recipient of the NAIA Administrator of the Year Award in 1987 and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame. Bob was also inducted into the Austin Athletic Hall of Honor and named Distinguished Alumnus of Austin, North Texas College of Education and North Texas Division of Higher Education. Austin now annually awards the Robert T. Mason Sportsmanship Award to a male and female student-athlete. Last July, the Dr. Robert Todd Mason Presidential Scholarship was established. Bob passed away in November. Accepting the award for him is his wife, Ann Mason.
Walter Reed served as the AD at Jackson State University from 1977 to 1988. He chaired the Southwestern Athletic Conference Faculty Representatives and Athletics Directors and served on the NCAA Executive Committee. In 1988, Walter became the AD at Florida A&M University and operated the finance's of the department on the plus side of the ledger in each of his six years. He chaired the Division I-AA Football Committee and was secretary for the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association. He was recently honored with inductions into the SWAC, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and the state of Mississippi Halls of Fame. Three times, he was named the SWAC Athletics Director of the Year. He is now an athletics consultant for Jackson State and Tennessee State universities. Walter Reed.
Floyd Walker began his career in 1949 as a high school coach and administrator. He served in these capacities for 13 years. In 1962, Floyd was selected as the basketball and baseball coach and physical education instructor at Central Missouri State University. Four years later, he was named CMSU's AD. In 1987, Floyd became the associate AD and compliance coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and served in that position until his retirement in 1992. Floyd was chair of the NCAA Division II Basketball Committee. In addition to NACDA, he was also a member of Phi Delta Kappa and the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Floyd Walker.
And last, because his name begins with a W, is Frank Windegger, who was a part of Texas Christian University for 40 years. Frank joined TCU as the assistant ticket manager and assistant baseball coach in 1959. He progressed through the ranks, becoming the school's AD in 1975. Frank was NACDA's president in 1990-91 and also held many NCAA committee positions. He served on the ad hoc committee to form the College Football Association, then served on the CFA board of directors. He was also part of the group brought together to form the Division I-A Athletics Directors' Association. In the Southwest Athletic Conference, Frank served on the Executive Committee and was chair of the Men's Basketball Tournament Committee. Frank Windegger.
Ladies and gentlemen, let's have a big round of applause for our 18 distinguished honorees of the NACDA Hall of Fame. Now, to speak on behalf of the NACDA Hall of Fame Class of 2000 is Rocky Carzo from Tufts University. Rocky.
Thank you Bonnie. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. Before I get into what I want to say, let's thank Bonnie for an outstanding job and she has done extremely well. Thank you, Bonnie for making us all sound so good. My assumption is that all of us have some relationship to athletics, either as a participant, administrator, coach, etc. Those of us who have been invited to be here as enshrinees in the athletics directors Hall of Fame are pretty excited to be able to reflect on our careers and the excitement we've had throughout our careers in doing exactly what we love to do. More than that, we recognize that this is a paramount award of all of those given in the intercollegiate field. If you're an administrator, it doesn't get any better than this.
We got a letter from Mike Cleary saying that it was an extreme pleasure to him to let us know that our names were being forwarded by the Selection Committee. I quickly jumped at that opportunity. Not because I was good at it or I could represent anything better than anyone else could, but because I thought I had an enormous debt to pay back to this Association and all of my colleagues here today. I commend them for what they've done throughout their careers. More than that, I feel very responsible about thanking them. I went through the roster of the people who are being honored here today and I worked with two-thirds of them on various committees. I can tell you that throughout my career, they never held back anything, under any circumstances. They were always ready to respond and always ready to help.
I just have to tell all of you what kind of people we have in this association. In order to do that, I had to think very strongly and very hard about what it is I could say that would represent them well.
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to call each of them because I was out of the country, but I did in my own mind. I called them and asked them what they would like to say. I'm going to tell you what they said. It will be a brief overview and I'll elaborate a little bit.
Everyone responded they wanted to thank someone. They didn't specifically say who, but as I went through the roster, it became very clear. They want to thank their families, the presidents of their college, NACDA, their colleagues. They also wanted to explain why they wanted to thank them. I thought that was extremely important. There are a lot of reasons to thank people and we'd like to hear what these athletics directors have to say.
Third, they said, we'd like for them to know what they taught us and what this Association has taught us and for good reason. The last thing we'd like to do is offer them some remembrances and some reminders about where we think it's going and what we appreciate their responsibilities to be in the future, to carry on what was set for all of us. It's a wonderful legacy. In the past, I found it quite difficult to speak for other people. Today, I find it an extreme pleasure, as Mike Cleary would say, to speak for the people who are impressive.
Saying thank you is best done by thinking about whom we want to thank. I mentioned to you previously that the one thing all of the enshrinees want to do is say thank you. The first thing that comes up is, please thank our families. They have made great sacrifices. Our spouses have done without us for very long periods of time. Our children have done without us over dinner every night for long periods of time. They've stayed with us because they knew we were doing what we love and felt we were making a contribution. By our making contributions, they were part of that by giving themselves. To all of the spouses and families of all of the recipients, your loved ones up here today want to say thank you. We appreciate everything you've done for us.
Secondly, we have to thank the presidents of our institutions. Although some of us have better relationships with our presidents than others, it's clear that we would not have had the opportunity to serve, had it not been for our presidents. Those presidents provided that opportunity for us. They provide an opportunity for us to serve our profession, our colleagues, our universities, NACDA and, above all, thousands of students that are under our charge. That's a powerful opportunity for a lot of us. That opportunity was a very heavy opportunity and it was given to us during a difficult time to be in athletics. Prior to that, Title IX legislation turned all of us to a different direction. We were running programs and we were not managing programs. It was wonderful that we had the opportunity to learn, grow from our mistakes, recognize our shortcomings and, in the midst of all of that, recognize what is now changed and we have to meet the future. I liked that opportunity myself. It was our responsibility to face all of the problems that were presented to us. We were required to stay very flexible during that time and it is interesting what the outcome has been.
Our second reason to say thank you is quite clearly and obvious to us as it is to you. Mike Cleary and his staff provide, not only an organization, but an environment for all of us to grow and to learn and to attack the problems head on. This is the best school we ever had. There are no other places in the United States that I know of where you can go to school to be an athletics director. You can do it here at NACDA. They will share the information with you freely and openly. His staff is responsive in every day direction, and time, however and whenever you call them. They will always respond. We can't do any better than that. If it weren't for the environment he created, none of us would have the chance to grow the way we did. So, Mike, we appreciate your thrust and your low-keyed visibility and the magnificent job you've done over a long period of time, setting a legacy for us to perpetuate for the future of the participants to come.
The First Mentors company is one I can't express enough how impressed we are just with your name. It's certainly perfect for the circumstances and the needs of today's society. From our standpoint, you've convinced me that your belief in the future and tying that belief to the leaders of the future and who will train the young people of tomorrow is important and we appreciate that kind of commitment.
We'd be remiss in a very strong way about the background and our training if we did not recognize and confirm the modeling that we've had. That's maybe a contemporary term, but it's been important to all of us. Everytime I talk to one of my colleagues, they always said that somebody was out there doing something right that I could see, watch and observe. I say that only because of the mentoring program we just heard about. It's so important to you and to your family and children. We can't sell that short. There is modeling. Modeling is not mentoring and that's the second thing they mentioned. Mentoring is actually approaching them, showing them you actually care enough about them. You don't just parade and show a good life, but you take them under your wing, spend time with them, respond to them, care about them and do whatever needs to be done to find out who they are. That's what people did for us and we really appreciate it simply because we couldn't have made it without it. Thank you for that.
The last component of mentoring and modeling is leadership. We know that the leadership is what this organization is all about. It puts people in a line, makes sure they know what they're doing, where they're going, if they have objectives and strategies and they work toward achieving them. We felt that was incredibly important.
Let's take a look at where that came from. We really want to thank our venerable predecessors. I chose that word because venerable means these are people who are worthy of respect by reason of age, dignity and position. I added the word achievement and the ones who give of themselves freely and their knowledge freely. That's what venerable people are and our venerable predecessors at NACDA did that for us. They did a wonderful job of leaving us a legacy that's based on values, very strong, common, consistent values. That's extremely important to all of us. When recognizing these people, there were 34 past presidents. Take a look at tonight's enshrinees, talk about 18 people, 20 years in the business, 360 athletics director work years, approximately 200 people per graduating class, we're talking about a great impact of about 36,000 people in that very short period of time. If you think it's just a fly-by-night outfit and you're not committed to it and you want to be committed to something that will really have an impact on our country, athletics directorship and athletics management is where it is.
I would also be remiss on a personal level if I didn't mention Mike Lude. He never, ever made a compromise with attitude or effort. He wouldn't tolerate my doing it and I love him for that.
The next question came very quickly and that was, what did they teach us? There are three things. One, you can't do it alone no matter how good you are or how smart you are. No matter how competent you are, you're not good enough to do it alone. You need your family, you need your mentors and all of the people around you. You need your players and you need your university. It tells us that we need each other. We can't be individuals. In our business, it's not being individuals, it's being in groups and in group performance. We know that's extremely important for us. We fought this for a long time. It was important for us to learn and for future generations to learn that you taught the enormous difference between losing and being beaten. I know you know that attitudes and efforts and controllable attributes and they assure that if you control them, they assure your being beaten and losing. That's an enormous difference for youngsters in our business to learn and to experience while playing sports. For athletics directors to perpetuate that, we had to learn that the hard way. We learned it from our predecessors, our venerable predecessors.
The second thing you taught us is that ability is God given. The only justifiable reason for losing under any circumstance is the lack of ability and we cannot hold or be held accountable for that gift. It's given to us and we have the responsibility to use it. It's not controllable. We can't give ourselves more ability. We thank you for teaching us that attitude and effort are controllable. They are not necessarily given to us, but if we have a positive attitude and we work hard, we can make a compensation. If, as a director, I hold my coaches, players and everyone I work with responsible for not having ability, I'm wrong. They had no choice in that matter. That was important for us to come to that realization.
We encourage all of the young people in this room to continue with the good work. Take a couple of things with you because it took us a long time to learn them. One is, remember to take the challenge of leadership and go forward unafraid to fail. Go for it! Work hard, pull the cord and let it go. Two, remember that computers are for managing information. Leaders are for managing people. The difference between the two is sometimes elusive. Our discipline must continue to grow through leadership. I implore you to not get excited about all of the good things that computers do. I implore you to say that people are going to win and you can help them to win. Spend time with them.
Remember the difference between purpose and objective. I may be insulting some of you by saying this, but the purpose of sport, the purpose of games, is they are purposeful play and not non-purposeful play. Non-purposeful play has no objective. You just go out and do whatever it is for the enjoyment of doing it. We're in the purposeful play business. We're not in recreation. We're in sports. That means it has to be directed, it has to be controlled and its objective is to win, to beat your opponent. It's not the same as non-purposeful activity. There is a difference. The purpose of it is beginning to think about educational precepts. It's important, it's our foundation and that's why we do it. The game time comes and you've got to win. The ultimate is that the education is the process, winning through that process is the ultimate. To be able to achieve that is a glow that you'll never get and won't find anyplace else but in our business.
I'm sorry I've gone so long, but I had to say these things. This is my only shot. Remember to leave your footprints in concrete and not sand. You've heard people talk about footprints in sand. Our predecessors left us huge footprints. Those footprints are made with shoes that are too big to fill. They did a great job for us. When we leave our footprints, we don't want them left in sand to blow away, we want them in concrete. Those concrete footprints should be made from values that you've transferred to us and passed down to us to perpetuate from one generation to the next to the next. They don't change. They don't have anything to do with computers, they have everything to do with people. We want to assure you that is the way to go and we want to encourage you to do that.
Finally, for the class of 2000, we wish all of you the good fortune to have the models and mentors that we have had and we pray they are transmitting positive values in their roles and we hope that somewhere we are included in your list. Thank you very much.
I think it's safe to say that Rocky will probably leave footprints the size of Shaquille O'Neal's sneaker for all that he has done.
Now to present the NACDA/NIT Athletics Directors Award, Jack Powers, executive director of the NIT.
Thank you Bonnie. I enjoyed your remarks about how I understand you had a rough landing. I had heard that when you were sitting in the back of the plane and were getting ready to depart, the captain was outside the cockpit. I heard he was embarrassed with the landing. He had a big smile on his face and was thanking people for flying the airlines, but he was also worried about the people with such a rough landing. When Rocco got up there, he said he was working on his speech. He asked the captain, "did we land or were we shot down?" Thank you, Rocco, for those remarks.
It's a pleasure to be here today to present the NACDA/NIT Award to an outstanding individual, a friend of the NIT, a person I've known personally over many, many years. He's served in all capacities in athletics. He was a basketball player at UCLA, coach, administrator. While he was at UCLA, he played with the legendary coach Johnny Wooden. His teammate was Kareem Abdul Jabbar. I knew him back in New York City in high school. I'm sure you had many memories playing on his teams. Then, as a coach, Gary took over as freshman coach, varsity coach, with John for some 10 years, head coach. For two years, he posted 50 wins and eight loses. Pretty good. Gary decided he didn't want to continue in coaching and wanted to begin his athletics administration.
I know you have a lot about him in his bio. Gary's first job as AD was at Oregon State College, where he was also the director of physical education. He was the AD at the University of Wyoming. I remember that being connected with the NIT. Wyoming came into New York with three planeloads of people. They played in the NIT Postseason Tournament. Gary was very strong about getting the alumni to come. They followed Wyoming basketball in those days throughout the country. He was the AD at Fresno State for nine years. He was named the athletics director at UC-Santa Barbara in 1975. He has served on numerous NCAA committees. He is President of the United States Collegiate Sports Council. He was selected as the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year for Division I-AA/I-AAA. On the national scene, he was past chair of the NCAA Budget and Finance Cabinet, president of NACDA, served two three-year terms as a member of the Men's Basketball Committee. He chaired the NCAA Division I Basketball Championships for both men and women and he served on the programs, the NCAA Committee on Committees.
Gary, you have done it all and I would like to say thank you for your service to college athletics. At this time, I'd like to present Gary Cunningham.
Thank you very much Jack. This is a wonderful day for me and it's a great honor to be recognized by two organizations that I have great respect for, NACDA and the NIT. They played an important part in my life. Starting out as a basketball coach, following the NIT, having the opportunity to be in the NIT Final Four and experience their first-class hospitality, the way they run tournament. In addition to that, I remember their great banquet at Tavern on the Green. I have a lot of respect for what they do and the role they play in our lives in intercollegiate athletics.
NACDA is very close to my heart. Having been involved in the organization from top to bottom, I have great respect for it. I wouldn't volunteer my time if I didn't respect the organization and believe in the programs and worthwhile activities and what they stand for. All of us wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for NACDA and the great work that the Executive Committee and Mike Cleary do.
When I looked at the previous recipients of this award, it's a great honor for me to join this group of people who have been presented this award. I certainly accept this award with great humility, knowing that many of you in the room are just as deserving as I am. I would like to thank Jack Powers, the NIT and Mike Cleary and NACDA for bestowing this award on me. It means a great deal to me. I'm very appreciative and thank you.
Congratulations Gary. We will now move on to the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Awards. This is the second year of the awards program, which was created to highlight the efforts of athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities. The program brings to light the exceptional jobs done by athletics directors across the nation. NACDA's executive director, Mike Cleary, oversaw implementation of the program to allow all NACDA Officers and Honors and Awards Committee members to participate in the awards process, should they be nominated.
There are four geographic regions - Northeast, Southeast, Central and West, while the membership is separated into six categories - first is Division I-A; second is Division I-AA and I-AAA combined; third is Division II, fourth is Division III; fifth is NAIA and Other Four-Year Institutions combined; and sixth is Junior and Community Colleges. One regional winner was selected in each of the six categories, plus one cross-divisional International winner for a total of 25 ADs of the Year. Winners were selected by members of the NACDA AD of the Year Selection Committees which consists of current and former athletics administrators and last year's winners.
Continental Airlines, the fifth largest airline in the United States, with major hubs in Newark, Houston and Cleveland, is the sponsor of the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Awards. Continental is the official airline of NACDA. Here to present the awards is Lamar Berry, Continental's national sales manager. Award recipients will join Lamar in the center of the middle dais.
Bios of all of the athletics directors being honored are in your program. Today, we will be introducing those who are in attendance. Please hold your applause to the end.
We will begin with our Division I-A recipients. From the Central Region is Joe Castiglione from the University of Oklahoma and NACDA's 3rd vice president. Joe has overseen the development and implementation of a multimedia licensing program and a comprehensive advertising, marketing, television, radio and corporate sponsorship agreement worth $6 million over five years. Joe is chair of the Big 12 Athletics Directors Committee and is third vice president of the Division I-A Athletics Directors Association. Joe was also one of the founders of NACMA and served four terms as its president. He was honored by NACMA in 1997 for Distinguished Contributions to Intercollegiate Marketing. Joe Castiglione.
Our winner from the Northeast Region is Jake Crouthamel, who for more than 20 years has been with Syracuse University. During his tenure, the Orangemen earned 19 postseason bids to the NCAA men's basketball tournament, with two appearances in the championship game. The football team enjoyed 10 bowl berths in the last 12 years as well as an undefeated season. Jake was one of the founding members of the Big East Football Conference. He could not be with us today. Here to accept for Jake is Barbara Adams, assistant director of athletics.
From the Southeast Region, we have your president, Dave Hart, Jr., who is in his sixth year at Florida State University. While managing a $30 million athletics budget, Dave has negotiated several multi-million dollar contracts. He initiated an extensive Student Development/Life Skills program, increased allocation of funding and facility improvements and increased the focus on the growth of women's athletics at FSU. Dave is also an instructor of NACDA's Management/Leadership Institute and was a member of the NCAA Council. Additionally, he is president of the Division I-A Athletics Directors Association. Dave Hart.
From the West Region is Barbara Hedges, who for nine years at the helm, has guided the University of Washington into one of the leaders in providing equal opportunities for men and women student-athletes. Barbara was the first woman to be elected president of NACDA in 1996-97; and was also the first woman named to the Board of Directors of the National Football Foundation in 1998. She was president of the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, now NACWAA, the Western Collegiate Athletic Association and the Division I-A Women's Athletics Administrators. In 1999, she was named by the SportsBusiness Journal as one of the most influential women in sports. Barbara Hedges.
Moving on to Division I-AA/I-AAA, from the Southeast Region is Chuck Boone, who also could not be here today.
From the West Region is Bill Hogan, from the University of San Francisco. Since being named AD in 1991, Bill has initiated increases in staffing, scholarships, budgets and facilities. Athletics revenues have increased by more than 200 percent and men's basketball season ticket sales by 100 percent. He revived radio and television packages for men's and women's basketball and added several major corporate sponsorships. He also developed a degree completion program for at-risk men's basketball players. Bill had been the AD at St. Joseph's College and, at the time of his hiring in 1982, was the youngest AD at an NCAA institution. Bill Hogan.
From the Northeast is Lew Perkins, who has been at the University of Connecticut for 10 years. Lew instituted many new programs, including completion of an NCAA Institutional Self-Study and formation of a Gender Equity Study Committee. Last summer, UConn signed a five-year commercial radio contract for women's basketball. During his tenure, the men's and women's basketball teams have won national titles; 42 teams earned NCAA tournament berths and the university won 36 Big East Conference championships. Lew was honored by the Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau for bringing the 1998 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship East Region First and Second Rounds to the area. Lew Perkins.
From the Central Region is Helen Smiley, who has spent 12 of her 30 years at Western Illinois University. Helen served on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1988 to 1992 and has been involved in the NACDA Convention as a speaker, moderator, round table presenter and Management Institute instructor. She was also a member of the Executive Board of the United States Collegiate Sports Council. Helen has been enshrined in halls of fame at the University of North Dakota, De Pauw University and the North Central Conference. She was named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Athletics" by the SportsBusiness Journal. Helen Smiley.
Moving on to Division II, from the Northeast Region is Rita Castagna, who has devoted close to three decades to Assumption College. She was named AD in 1987. She has served on many NCAA committees and currently serves on the NACWAA Board of Directors. Rita has been enshrined in the Bridgewater State College Athletic Hall of Fame. She received the Paul N. Johnson Award for her contribution to Worcester basketball and was named the Assumption College Honorary Alumnus of the Year. Last year, she was named the NACWAA District Administrator of the Year. Rita Castagna.
From the West Region is Ed Harris. A veteran athletics administrator with 18 years experience, Ed has been leading the West Texas A&M University athletics program for the past five years. In his first year, he reformatted the fund raising arm of the department and initiated a Scholarship Games Weekend. He has been instrumental in bringing four NCAA regional tournaments to West Texas. This past year, Ed negotiated a two-year radio broadcast contract which puts basketball and football games back on the air. Ed is a member of the NCAA Division II Management Council. Ed Harris.
On June 1st, Hal Smeltzly, representing the Southeast Region, concluded 43 years of service to his alma mater, Florida Southern College. He was named AD in 1972. Last year, FSC finished fourth in the Division II Sears Directors' Cup standings. Hal was one of the founding fathers of the Sunshine State Conference. He was the administrative assistant to the president of the International Baseball Federation and was also elected to the executive committee of International Baseball. Hal has been inducted into the FSC Baseball, the American Baseball Coaches Association, Florida Sports and Sunshine State Conference Halls of Fame. He was the recipient of the President's Medal from the U.S. Baseball Federation. Hal Smeltzy.
From the Central Region is Tom Spicer, now in his 11th year as AD at his alma mater, Fort Hays State University. Highlights of his tenure include the return of women's softball and completing a softball complex. He also upgraded and expanded many other facilities. He initiated an athletics department Adopt-A-Mile Program with all 12 athletics teams participating. Fort Hays has twice hosted the NCAA North Central Division II Regional Basketball Championships. Tom is included in the Who's Who Worldwide Registry. Tom Spicer.
Moving on to Division III, from the Northeast Region is John Biddiscombe of Wesleyan University, who was named AD in 1987. John coordinated the construction of a $21 million, 183,000 square-foot recreational and athletics facility and the $1 million boathouse. He was also involved in developing 11 acres of field spaces. He initiated a coaches orientation program and a performance appraisal system for evaluation and contract scheduling for adjunct faculty coaches. He has organized bi-monthly Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meetings. John is the chair-elect for the Management Council and serves on the Division III Championships Committee. John Biddiscombe.
Our winner from the Southeast Region, Mike Clary, of Rhodes College, could not be with us today.
You know where to find his bio.
Our winner in the West is Bob King, who has been at Trinity University since 1993. During his tenure, eight student-athletes have received NCAA postgraduate scholarships. Trinity has won sixth consecutive conference all-sports trophies and led in the Sears Directors' Cup standings after the 1999 fall season. Bob led the inauguration of Trinity's first Hall of Fame class, coordinated the design of the permanent display and organized the initial award ceremony. He is on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Sports Foundation and is site coordinator for the Alamo Bowl. Bob has also chaired the SCAC Athletics Directors Council. Bob King.
Our Central Region winner is John Schael, who has been at Washington University since 1978. John guided the return of men's basketball and led the formation of the university's athletics fund raising arm and Athletics Hall of Fame. He played a key role in the development and creation of the University Athletic Association in 1986. He has served on the Division III Council, has been on the board of directors for the St. Louis Sports Commission and was president of the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators. John is enshrined in the Miami University of Ohio and Euclid High School Halls of Fame. John Schael.
Moving on to the NAIA and other 4-year colleges, from the Southeast Region is Larry Carpenter, who has been AD at his alma mater, Lee University since 1995. He supervises 12 sports and is responsible for academic, eligibility and compliance issues for the department. Under his leadership, the department started a baseball program, constructed a baseball facility and, in 1996, hosted the Whitewater Olympic Village. He currently serves as vice president of the Trans South Conference. Larry was named into the first class of inductees into the Lee Hall of Fame in 1998. Larry Carpenter.
From the West Region is Greg Feris, who is in his 10th year as AD at Wayland Baptist University. Greg initiated and administered the school's move from independent status to membership in the Sooner Athletic Conference. He was on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1995 to 1998 and currently serves on NACDA's Sears Directors' Cup Committee. In 1998, Greg served for six months as assistant to the president of the NAIA, visiting more than 130 of the organization's campuses. He represents the NAIA on the Executive Board of the United States Collegiate Sports Council. He was honored as the 1998-99 NAIA Athletics Administrator of the Year. Greg Feris.
Representing the Central Region is Larry Hamilton, who, since 1971, has been the AD at his alma mater, William Jewell College. He oversees 18 varsity sports, as well as intramural and club sports. He was chair of the NAIA Championship Competition Committee and has been an ex-officio member of the NAIA Council of Presidents. He was also president of the NAIA Athletics Directors Association. Larry was the Heart of America Athletic Conference secretary/treasurer from 1988 to 1989, vice president from 1989 to 90 and president from 1990 to 1992. He has received two NAIA Awards of Merit and an award for 25 years of service to William Jewell College. Larry Hamilton.
Our Northeast Region winner, Pam Hennessey, has devoted more than three decades to Husson College, including 14 years as the AD and 25 years as the basketball and softball coach. Pam is chair of the NAIA's Northeast Region 10, was recently elected secretary of the NAIA Athletics Directors Association and will eventually become its president. Pam was the recipient of the Leadership Award for Athletics Administration from the National Association of Girls' and Women's Sports and has been honored by the NAIA as the District-wide College Athletics Administrator, Regional Administrator and the National Administrator of the Year. She was inducted into the Husson College Sports Hall of Fame and received the Husson College Service Award. Pam Hennessey.
Moving on to the Junior and Community Colleges, from the West Region is Mike Jacobsen, now in his 15th year as AD at Utah Valley State College. During his tenure, the Wolverines have enjoyed top 10 national finishes in volleyball, basketball and cross country and have also earned many conference and region championships. Mike served on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1994 to 1998. He is the director of Region 18 of the NJCAA. He is a past president of the Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference and NATYCAA. He is also a past president of the Utah Football Coaches Association. Mike Jacobsen.
Representing the Southeast Region is Tom Jandovitz, who has been the AD at Frederick Community College for 11 years. During this time, Frederick has produced 16 Academic all-Americans. I always like to hear that. Tom initiated an athletics department grade tracking system to help reduce ineligible student-athletes. In 1999, the school received the Jack Cistriano Award for sportsmanship. Tom is a member of the NJCAA Region 20 Executive Committee and is its secretary. Additionally, Tom is co-chair of the Maryland JUCO Basketball Officials Committee, a member of the Maryland JUCO Strategic Plan Committee and the Maryland JUCO Advisory Committee. Tom Jandovitz.
Our Central Region winner is Lea Plarski, who is in her 10th year as AD at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley. Lea was a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1991 to 1995. She was the first woman elected president of the NJCAA in 1990 and served until 1996. Lea served on the Women's Sports Foundation Advisory Board on two occasions. She is on NATYCAA's Executive Committee, the Women's Selection Committee for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Board of Directors for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Lea was honored by the state of Missouri with the Governor's Award for Excellence and was recognized by Athletics Administration in 1997 as "One of the Top 25 People and Events in Women's Athletics since 1972." Lea Plarski.
Our recipient from the Northeast is Murph Shapiro, who has been an educator at Monroe Community College for the past three decades and its AD for nine years. MCC fields seven women's and eight men's sports teams that, in the 1998-99 season, had a combined record of 165-87-2. MCC consistently sends teams to regional and national tournaments. MCC is a sponsor of the National Youth Sports Program for community youth. Murph is active in the NCAA as a Division I basketball referee. He is a member of the MCC, Monroe County High School and Jewish Halls of Fame. Murph Shapiro.
Our International recipient is Patricia Murray from York University. She serves on the Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Governance Committee, Awards Committee and Women in Sports Task Force for the Canadian Olympic Association. She is also on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and Sport and Venue Committee for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid. In 1987, she was a finalist for the Air Canada Executive of the Year Award. She also earned the Board of Directors Award from Synchro Swim Canada and the Special Achievement Award from the government of Ontario. Patricia Murray.
Well, that includes our list of recipients. Now, to speak on behalf of the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award recipients is Helen Smiley from the Western Illinois University. Helen.
Thank you very much. On behalf of all of the athletics directors up here on the dais, we would like to give our sincere thanks to Continental Airlines. Thank you Lamar. Thank you NACDA for this wonderful honor. We are also very appreciative of the time and effort of the Selection Committee. All of us work very hard to do what we love best and that is directing our programs. We're very fortunate we have challenging and exciting lives. One of the greatest things is that we are always working with people who are very positive and very motivated. On a daily basis, we have the opportunity to work with staff members and coaches who are positive and always seeking success in whatever way they can and always looking to do the best job they can.
Nothing is more exciting with these young coaches seeing them move up and out. It's been fun here at the Convention to see so many of the young people who have been at my institution and to see them at other places just having a ball. That is so exciting.
We also get to work with young student-athletes everyday. We get to work with these athletes who are striving to do the best they can from the academic setting as well as in the athletics setting as they are preparing to go out into the world and do their best. Nothing is more satisfying than to be a part of that type of development and to see the difference in growth from the time a student-athlete comes in as a freshman to the time that he or she leaves as a senior.
The other thing I enjoy about my position is the fact that I am able to work side-by-side with excellent leadership. It might be a vice president or a president at your institution. Otherwise, it's all of these wonderful athletics directors in this room. These are the people that support us and help us to do our very best. They've all helped in order to be up here today. I've loved my association with NACDA. I've been in it for many years. I've loved the leadership, the membership and the activities. I remember the formal presentations when I had to get up and present things to my particular area. I remember the round tables where we sit around and share ideas and have wonderful discussions. I remember outstanding speakers, such as J.C. Watts this morning, who really give us some things to think about and who also praise us for things we do every day. Banquets such as this where we honor outstanding leaders and the luncheon tomorrow where we will honor outstanding institutions and student-athletes who are so much a part of our world are always something I'll remember. Fun in the sun, we always remember, the opportunity to be in nice places and to share in the sun.
But the greatest is the sharing with each other, taking home ideas to our campus where we can't wait to put into practice the things we've learned. That's what NACDA is all about. We'll be returning today again full of ideas, motivated and ready to go back to our campuses to do even better and certainly humbled by this wonderful honor. Thank you.
Let's offer a round of applause for these outstanding athletics directors. We are proud to recognize them as NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award recipients.
Now, to present the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, Ted Leland, director of athletics at Stanford University. You're up next sir.
Thank you very much. I'm honored to present this year's recipient of the James J. Corbett Memorial Award and the Sports Management Institute honorary degree to Dr. Cedric Dempsey. It's a real pleasure.
I first met Dr. Dempsey in 1968 when I was a student-athlete at the University of the Pacific. He was the athletics director. I was called into his office for a meeting. The purpose of this summons was for Cedric to inform me that I couldn't drop my 8:00 a.m. math class because it would drop me below 12 units and make me ineligible to play my sport. Subsequently, after all of these years, I've had a sense of déjà vu every time I bring a student-athlete into my office to discuss an NCAA regulation. I only hope they won't say the same things about me that I said about Cedric in 1968.
Years ago, I heard a convocation speech given by David Rockefeller, then president of the World Bank. Dr. Rockefeller, in his mind, classified people in two categories, lifters and leaners. Leaners are people who take more from the collective than they're willing to give as individuals. People who don't make a positive contribution to the common cause, to common endeavors, people live off the love and spirit and sweat of others. We all know these people. Let's call them leaners. On the other hand, we all know what makes our communities and families so special, lifters. Lifters make a positive contribution to whatever they become involved in. They light up the room and they make us all feel great. The glass is half full, the spirit strong. In fact, we can't wait to see them the next day. We all know these people. They're lifters.
Cedric has incredible lists of accomplishments. If he were in the military, his uniform would be bogged down with medals and stripes and ribbons of every assortment. You can get a full flavor of that by reading his biography in today's program. For me and for many of what I would call Cedric's proteges, and there are a lot of us, Cedric has always been more than his resume. For me, he's really the prototype of a well-rounded citizen, committed father, husband, grandfather, supporting son and supporting son-in-law, a leading visionary for all of us in college athletics, yet, thoughtful enough to serve as a mentor to a number of us in the profession. He's hard working and achievement oriented, yet, always concerned about the people he's dealing with and the affect his decisions will have on the lives and athletics experiences of students.
He's a courageous cancer survivor who turned his personal struggle to a victory to cancer research. Sponsorship of the Cedric Dempsey Cancer Run each year in Tucson has raised more than $3 million for cancer research. He's a teacher and an educator who is as comfortable evaluating research as he is counseling a troubled student or staff member. He's a friend to anyone he meets, yet one who is willing to make tough decisions when tough decisions are required by the organization.
One of the hardest things in sports is treating others with respect and dignity, but it's so important. It's not only because of the intense pressure of our jobs in athletics, the competitive nature of intercollegiate athletics, but it's really the people we deal with every day. It's tough to treat each other with respect. A philosopher told us one cold day several porcupines huddled together for warmth. Because their spines made this uncomfortable they spread out again and it grew cold. After shifting in and out for some time, they eventually found the distance at which they could warm each other without getting pricked. This distance is called decency and good manners. All of us porcupines here live in a competitive world of intercollegiate athletics which decency and good manners are hard to achieve. Respecting the other, respecting the ideas of others. Sportsmanship, if you will, is the very foundation of our athletics community and its system of values.
Cedric has helped me and everyone he's mentored and everyone he's touched to answer some fundamental questions. How do you treat each other with respect and dignity? The answer, watch this man. What's the proper way to interact with all of those we come in contact with, even those we disagree and even those we compete against? Watch this man. Cedric Dempsey has been a lifter throughout his career, making the intercollegiate experience better for countless student-athletes, past, present and future.
In addition to his tangible accomplishments, I want to thank him for his kindness, decency and the good manners he has consistently exhibited throughout his career. First of all, I'll present Cedric with the honorary degree from the Sports Management Institute. Cedric, congratulations.
Now, I'll present him with the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, awarded annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the athletics administrator who, through the years, has most typified Jim Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and who has worked unceasingly for the betterment of athletics. Cedric Dempsey.
Thank you Ted. I feel like I should tell the rest of the story of when we first met. He didn't tell you what advise I gave him. I told him to go see the math professor and see what he might do to change that failing grade and come back and see me. He did. He did come back and told me the math professor gave him two options. He could drop the course now and get an F or he could finish out the course and get an F. That's true. A number of you are asking me why Ted Leland is introducing me today. He did emphasize to you that we first met way back when he was a student at the University of the Pacific. I don't think there's anyone in this room I've had a longer contact with and also has seen me, hopefully, develop as an administrator and as a teacher over the years. He saw me as a student-athlete. He was also in some classes I had. He also saw me as an assistant football coach at Pacific when I was still athletics director.
One of my very first hires when I went to the University of Houston was Ted as an assistant director. He thought so much of me, he stayed one semester and went on elsewhere. He thought he had learned everything he could from me. Then, we became colleagues in the Pac-10 as athletics directors at competing institutions. Lo and behold, now he is my boss. He is chair of the Management Council, sits on the Executive Committee of the NCAA and determines whether I'll keep my job or not. So, you asked me why I asked him to introduce me today and I hope that makes it clear.
The one thing Ted could not comment on was my intercollegiate experience as an athlete. Although he does know that he still has yet to win his first game of racquetball against me, I know when to retire at that point in time. But, thank you Ted. It's been a good journey with you.
It's often said there is no greater honor than to be honored by your peers. That has been an overused comment, almost so much that it's trite, but it is true. I am indeed honored and humbled today to receive this award. I've watched so many people in our profession receive it that I've considered as role models and as true friends. To be aligned with them at this point and to be the first recipient of the James J. Corbett Award as we move into the new Millennium is a very satisfying experience for me.
There are a few at this table that certainly knew Mr. Corbett. I had an opportunity very early in my career to meet him and to have my name alongside Mr. Corbett's is certainly something I will appreciate greatly. I also stand before you today knowing that I would not be here were it not for leadership that I have had in my career and influences I've had in my career. As I now completely my 50th year of journey in intercollegiate sports, I cannot help but reflect upon the teachers and the coaches I had at Albion College. They provided me with an insight into the values that sport could have upon an individual of sport in higher education. From there, it helped build a philosophy for me that has carried me for the rest of my professional and personal career. I'm always indebted to them for that great opportunity. I stand before you today because of those people and because of those students such as Ted that I've had the privilege of working with over the number of years that I taught and served and coached in intercollegiate sports and physical education. They taught me to keep learning because they challenged me all of the time with issues and questions. One thing I would say to all of you is, when you stop learning, you stop leading. Never stop learning about what you're doing. It is a changing world and you must keep learning and stay abreast of what's happening if you're going to continue in a leadership role.
I've also been very blessed at the number of people I've had the pleasure of working with and many of them are in this room that have provided broad shoulders for me to stand on. I could see over the forest and see the horizon of possible opportunities, challenges and changes that are there. I want you to meet some of those people. As I introduce you to the person with the broadest shoulders who has stood by me for 47 years and that's my wife, June, I would like her to stand and be recognized. We just returned from her 50th high school class reunion. I didn't realize that she graduated from high school at the age of seven. The other person with her who continually teaches me to learn to grow and be challenged and someone I dearly love is my granddaughter, Nicole.
All of those people, who have worked with me directly or are working with me now, please stand. These are people I've been able to stand on their shoulders and see the horizon. I hope, as I receive this award today, you will share this with me. I want to acknowledge what you have provided us.
About a month ago, I was playing golf with Mike Alden, athletics director from the University of Missouri. He quickly reminded me of my age. We got to about the 15th hole and he asked me what advice would I give to a new athletics director. Two holes before, Mike presented one of the greatest shots I'd ever seen in golf. It was a most unusual shot. He was teeing off and came through with remarkable force that took a divot right in front of the tee. The ball somehow went 10 yards backwards. First, Mike, you have to learn to play golf and then you can move forward from that stage.
During our golf game, we had discussions. We said that during that time in your leadership roles, enjoy the journey. That is so important to enjoy the journey, enjoy what you're doing. I hear so often from people in our fields who complain and get concerned and act like they don't enjoy what they're doing. My response to them is to get out of the field. If you don't enjoy what you're doing, find something that you will enjoy. I hope all of you are enjoying the journey with a passion for what you are doing. That is extremely important as you move through life. You need a passion for what you're doing. I am not working for money anymore. I am not working for survival. I'm working because I enjoy what I'm doing and because it's a passion. I say that because I'd like to work for a little bit longer. Mike was saying, "you're old." My wife keeps saying, "It's time to move on." Here I am getting an award that usually goes to people that are long gone. It's that passion that continues to drive me in that particular journey.
I would also recommend that you set goals and you strive to keep those goals. Many of us get so wrapped up in the day-to-day operations, we never step back and say this is what I'm trying to accomplish, and am I moving forward to accomplish those goals. We call that strategic planning today. That's very important for all of us to do that at this point in our life.
Enjoy what you are doing. I can't suggest anything that's more important than that. There was recently a book we all received if you were at the Fiesta Folly called the Greatest Athlete that Never Lived. There are two quotes in this book. "Answer every one of life's bogies with a birdie." Think about that. The second is, "The game of life is in the flight." Golfers will understand that as well.
It's important that you develop the skills that will allow you to grow in the changing dynamic environment we have today. That was related just a moment ago by one of the speakers. We have just been through, as an association, one of those very difficult changing atmospheres. As you know, we moved our national office. We had everyone read a book called, Who Moved My Cheese, because we had so many people that had difficulty handling change, that they had not developed the skills to learn to deal with the changing environment that occurs on a daily basis around you. It is not so much learning the technical skills that will get you through that change. It's learning the why, what you're doing and what you're trying to accomplish in your life.
Work on those skills that will allow you to adjust to new technology, allow you to adjust to moves, allow you to adjust to a changing student body that comes to us. If you can't adjust to those changes, you will have trouble maintaining your leadership quality.
The third one, and I had an excellent conversation with the Long-Range Planning Committee of NACDA, related to its future and continual mission. Some of this was also referred to by Rocky today. That is, a focus on the educational mission. I encourage all of you in intercollegiate sports not to lose track of what we are truly all about. It's so easy to get caught up in the marketing and the promotional activities of what we're doing and we forget that our role in higher education is one of education. It's very important that we keep that as our main focus as you move forward in your day-to-day work. If I were to leave three main points with those of you beginning in intercollegiate sports, I would leave those three thoughts with you.
In closing, about three years ago, I began reading the diaries of our son. He kept diaries from the time he was about eight years old. When he was 12, he had written down, and later on in life had re-written it, that he had recalled that we'd been camping. He and I had taken a hike into the woods. He turned to me at 12 and said, "Dad, what do you hope to accomplish with your life?" I'm staggering at that point trying to determine what I would want to accomplish. My response to him was, "I hope that this world will be a better place for me having been there." He wrote that down in his diary. After his death, I began reading that again. He had mentioned later in his life that he remembered me saying that to him and he said, "That's my goal too." David accomplished that goal in his life. I hope you and I, when we're finished, we can say that the world is a better place for us having been here.
I want to thank NACDA and all of you for this distinct honor. It's very special to me as I indicated. I hope all of you, as you continue your journey through sport, will have the same kind of passion, the same kind of satisfaction, the joy and the pleasure that I've had in a lifetime of a field that is the best in the world to be involved in. Thank you very much.
Let's have a round of applause for Ced Dempsey and for all of today's award recipients. I've certainly enjoyed, and I'm sure you all have, hearing everyone's personal stories today. I know we've been here a while, but they asked me to put a personal stamp on it. In talking to Jim Livengood, before we all got in here, we were talking about all of the people we interact with at this Convention. He said he really liked this Convention because it's a bunch of good people who really care. You can't really put it into better words than Jim did. It's something that I've actually known for a long time, dating back to when I was a student at the University of Maryland. As student-athletes, we don't really realize what it is that athletics directors do and we're consumed in our college careers as students and as athletes. We don't really take the time to find out. I was in a sense almost forced to.
The college I was initially supposed to attend, my scholarship fell through for gymnastics. At the last minute, I decided to go to the University of Maryland. My coach told me to walk on and if I did well, they would give me a full ride the rest of the time. Anyone who's had children or know kids who have been involved in gymnastics, knows that it's a pricey sport to train for. My parents paid for my first year in college. But, two things happened. I blew out my knee and the basketball team got into a little bit of trouble with the NCAA. We wound up having to give some money back to the NCAA. A scholarship freeze was instituted. I don't need to spell out what happened to me.
I worked three, four jobs for my sophomore and junior years while trying to maintain a high GPA and compete in gymnastics. It got to the point that I realized that I didn't have the time, or the energy to really commit to my journalistic studies by working all of these jobs. I decided the only way I was going to be able to do that was to leave the University of Maryland and go to a community college where I could really focus on getting ready to head out to the work world. In an act of desperation, I wrote a letter to Andy Geiger, who was the athletics director at the time. I explained my situation. I was very involved with the university. I loved my team. I loved my sport. I was involved with the athletics department, serving on the student-athlete advisory board and doing miscellaneous things. I had interviewed Andy on several occasions because athletics administration was my beat for my television classes.
I really didn't expect anything to come of it and didn't hear anything for quite some time. I had given up and really resolved that my junior year would be my last at the University of Maryland. Shortly before the year was out, I got a call from my coach. He told me that Andy Geiger wanted to see us in his office. Basically, all I thought was that was a nice way to let me down softly. My coach and I went in and sat down. We stared at Mr. Geiger, upon which he put a stamp on a piece of paper. I asked him what it was. He told me it was an approval for my scholarship. In an industry where it's an athletics director's job to make decisions for the greater good, you never think there's going to come a point where they make a decision that affects an individual's life as much as that did. While I busted my but to get where I am now, I attribute me being at the level I am and the profession that I've wanted to do since I've been in the third grade, in large part to Andy Geiger.
I feel privileged to share that story with you today. My only regret is that Mr. Geiger isn't here to hear it. Thank you very much.
Dave Hart, Jr.
Thank you Bonnie. It has been a true pleasure having you with us today. It's hard to believe the banquet is almost over. You have really put an exclamation point on what has been a great day. I want to give you a small token on behalf of NACDA, for your willingness to give of your time and talents to be with us today.
Right before Ted got up to introduce Ced, I had a note passed to me from Jim Livengood. If you know Jim, the note said, "I know Cedric will be terrific. I know when he's finished, he'll get a standing ovation. Just in case he doesn't, please I've got to stretch my legs. Would you lead the ovation for me."
I would now like to ask Jim Livengood to come to the podium. Jim, on behalf of NACDA, I would like to present you with this clock to express our appreciation for what you've meant to intercollegiate athletics and the leadership that you provided this organization last year. I'm proud to know you as a peer and as a friend.
Dave, thank you very much. What a great group. Thank you very much.
Dave Hart, Jr.
Let's have a final round of applause for all of today's honorees. Just a quick reminder, please browse the exhibit hall and drop your business cards in the boxes at each exhibitor's booth. The drawing for the grand prize will be held on Wednesday morning during the Business Session. One lucky winner will receive two round-trip airfares and four night's accommodations in Athens, Greece, along with a tour of Olympia. It's worth your while to go by the exhibit hall. Our grand prize is once again sponsored by International Sport, Inc., located in Booth 322. Thank you for your attendance. We are adjourned.