||36th NACDA Convention|
Salt Lake City, Utah
June 10-13, 2001
All NACDA Members
James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon
Monday, June 11, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Thank you and welcome to the 2001 James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon. Please direct your attention to the front of the dais, I would like to introduce our Executive Committee. Please hold your applause to the end. We have Jennifer Alley of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators; Nancy Bals of Westfield State College; Ron Case, Gloucester County College; Brian Farrell, Community College of Baltimore County at Caytonsville; Ginger Fulton, Seton Hall University; Bill Fusco, Sonoma State College; Amy Hackett, University of Utah; Oval Jaynes, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga; Rocky LaRose, University of Arizona; Debbie Lazorik, Marietta College; Roger Maisner, Mansfield University; Lee McElroy, University at Albany; John Parry, Butler University; Howard Patterson, University of the Incarnate Word; Chris Plonsky, University of Texas; Kim Record, Florida State University; Col. Randall Spetman, U.S. Air Force Academy; David Stair, Evangel University; Ron Stratten of the NCAA; Alfred White, Southern Conference; and Dick Young, Lynn University. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for the members of our Executive Committee. Thank you.
Let's also welcome our head table, the officers and today's award winners. Ladies and gentlemen, our head table. Thank you.
Welcome to the 2001 James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon. Please rise for our invocation. I would like to introduce Tim Gleason, commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference and secretary of NACDA. After the invocation, please enjoy your lunch and we will start the program in about 30 minutes.
Lord, we thank you for the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the finest people in our industry. It is days like today that remind us of why we do what we do. The athletics directors that we are about to salute are teachers, role models and leaders. They have done so in your image. We ask you to bless this meal, our profession and, most of all, the people in it who serve you. Amen.
Good afternoon. Please continue eating while we continue the program. I would like to open by introducing our officers and 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 Mike Cleary, your executive director; Bill Bradshaw, AD at DePaul University and NACDA's 1st vice president; Joe Castiglione, AD at the University of Oklahoma and NACDA's 2nd vice president; Judy Rose, AD at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and NACDA's 3rd vice president; and Tim Gleason, commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference and NACDA's secretary. On the upper dais, to my left, we have Jack Powers, executive director of the NIT, one of the co-sponsors of today's luncheon; Lamar Berry, national sales manager for Continental Airlines, sponsor of the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award; Eileen Steele, vice president for community affairs for First USA, representing one of our luncheon co-sponsors, First Mentors; and Rob Carney, director of corporate partnership of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and a partner in the First Mentors program. Executive Committee members at the head table include, on the upper dais, to my right, Gene DeFilippo of Boston College; and, on the lower dais, to my right and your left, Don Tencher of Rhode Island College; Let's have a round of applause for our Officers, sponsors and guests.
Additionally, we have kind of a special treat. We have a number of special guests in the audience this afternoon. NACDA has had a long tradition with the state of Utah, and has an affiliation with every four-year institution in the state. Joining us today, at a table to my left and your right, is the family of Bud Jack. Bud was president of NACDA in 1971-72, while he was the AD at the University of Utah, and received the Corbett Award in 1984. Also with us today is Glen Tuckett and his wife. Glen is the former AD at Brigham Young and received the NACDA/NIT Athletics Director Award in 1997. If you could please stand and be recognized.
I would now like to turn the program over to our emcee, Todd Christensen of ESPN. Todd is a former standout in the NFL as a tight end. He joined ESPN in September 1995 as a college football game analyst. He primarily works ESPN2's featured game each Saturday evening, along with selected bowl games. With ESPN, Todd has also co-hosted ESPN2's "Talk2 Live," and provided play-by-play on the network's Arena Football League coverage in 1996. He was previously a contributor to ESPN's
"SportsLook." Todd also served as the analyst for the 1998 Rose Bowl for ESPN Radio, the network's first-ever bowl game broadcast. Todd came to ESPN from NBC Sports, where he spent six years as an NFL game analyst, a field reporter during Super Bowls XXVII and XXVIII, a contributing analyst on the pregame "NFL Live," and an analyst on the 1991 through 93 Fiesta Bowls and the 1994 Cotton Bowl.
Todd is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in social work.
Ladies and gentlemen, Todd Christensen.
Thank you very much. I'm appreciative of being here. It's truly a pleasure. We will begin today's festivities by providing an update on our youth mentoring program. 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 and student-athletes the opportunity to give back to their community.
First USA and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America formed First Mentors in 1999. NACDA has now completed two years with First Mentors program.
Let's watch a brief video on the First Mentors program. (Video is shown.)
In the audience today are some of the beneficiaries of the program. We are fortunate to have some 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.
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 #7 in the Exhibit Hall. Thank you.
We will begin our awards presentations with the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Awards. This is the third 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 country. 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/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Selection Committee 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 lower dais.
Bios of all of the athletics directors being honored are in your program. Today, we will be introducing those who are in attendance.
We will begin with our Division I-A recipients. From the Northeast Region is Gene DeFilippo from Boston College and a member of NACDA's Executive Committee.
Our winner from the Southeast Region is Vince Dooley from the University of Georgia and NACDA's president in 1997-98. Vince could not be here today. He is with his baseball team at the College World Series. I wouldn't mind being in Omaha myself, now that I think about it.
From the Central Region, we have Ron Guenther from the University of Illinois, who just completed his ninth year leading the Fighting Illini.
From the West Region is Ted Leland from Stanford University. Ted has guided the Cardinal to six consecutive Sears Directors' Cups.
Moving on to Division I-AA and I-AAA, from the Northeast Region is Bill Cleary of Harvard University, who could not be here today. That's too bad. They recruited my son to play football. That's neither here nor there, I just thought I would bring that up. He's the one bright kid in my family.
From the West Region is John Johnson from Weber State University and president of the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association, which is administered by NACDA.
From the Southeast is Judy Rose of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and NACDA's 3rd Vice President.
From the Central Region is Bill Rowe of Southwest Missouri State University. Bill is chair of the I-AA Football Committee.
Moving on to Division II, from the Central Region is Pete Chapman of Missouri Western State College and a member of the Division II Championships Committee.
From the West Region is Carol Dunn from California State University-Los Angeles and a member of the Division II Amateurism Project Team.
From the Northeast Region is Mary Gardner of Bloomsburg University. Mary is a member of the Division II Management Council. I've got some wrestlers at Bloomsburg.
From the Southeast Region is Jim Harris of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, where he has led their program for the past six years.
Moving on to Division III, from the West Region is Paul Hoseth of Pacific Lutheran University and a member of the Division III Football Committee.
Our winner from the Central Region is Walter Johnson of North Central College and a former chair of the Division III Management Council.
Our winner in the Northeast Region is Don Tencher of Rhode Island College and a member of NACDA's Executive Committee.
Our Southeast Region winner is Mike Walsh from Washington and Lee University and a member of the NCAA Membership Committee.
Moving on to the NAIA, from the Southeast Region is Gary Bays from Warner Southern College and chair of NAIA Region 14.
From the Central Region is Al Bortke from the University of Mary. Al is chair of NAIA Region 3 and the NAIA Awards/Hall of Fame Committee.
Representing the West Region is Carroll Land from Point Loma Nazarene University. Carroll is a former NAIA president.
Our Northeast Region winner is Harold "Skip" Lord from Houghton College and chair of NAIA Region 9.
Moving on to the Junior and Community Colleges, from the Southeast Region is Mickey Englett of Okaloosa-Walton Community College and a former member of NATYCAA's Executive Committee.
Representing the West Region is Warren Hansen, recently retired from Cuesta College and a former member of NACDA's Executive Committee.
Our Central Region winner, Jay Harrington of Southwestern Illinois College, was unable to be in attendance today.
Our recipient from the Northeast is Doug Yarnall of Mitchell College and a former member of NACDA's Executive Committee.
Our International recipient is Darwin Semotiuk from the University of Western Ontario. He is president of the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sports.
Let's have a round of applause for these outstanding administrators.
Now, to speak on behalf of the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award recipients is Judy Rose from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Judy.
Thank you. I am indeed honored to be the respondent for such a distinguished group of athletics directors. I want to share with you a very short story about a king who once asked three wise men, pulled them together and posed a problem to each one of them. He said, "Our island is about to be inundated by a huge tidal wave. How would you advise the people?" The first man thought long and hard and then said, "Sire, I would lead the people to the highest spot on the island and then set up an all-night prayer vigil." The second said, "Master, I would advise the people to eat, drink and merry, for it would be the last opportunity to do so." The third wise man said, "Your majesty, if I were you, I would immediately advise the people to do their best to learn how to live under water."
We, as athletics directors, face many challenges that test our ability to try to live under water. If we're able to adapt to the change in conditions and find new solutions to the complex issues and problems that we face, we will inevitably be more successful. We must work together to make today's intercollegiate programs models for the future and our focus must remain on the student-athlete. Challenges will continue to surface. As B.S. Forbes stated, "Golf without bunkers and hazards would be tame and monotonous." We'd probably all have better scores. Challenges will require us to keep our creative juices flowing.
On behalf of all of the honorees, I would like to thank Lamar Berry, national sales manager and Continental Airlines for continuing to challenge us to be our best as athletics directors. Your support of the NACDA/Continental Airlines Athletics Director of the Year Program provides recognition for the 26 people whom were recognized here today. I would also like to thank the SportsBusiness Journal for their efforts in covering this program and for their ongoing support of NACDA. Thank you very much.
Thank you Judy. Let's again 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 winners.
Now, to present the NACDA Merit of Honor Award is your president, Debbie Yow of the University of Maryland.
Thanks Todd. The NACDA Merit of Honor Award recognizes an individual "whose superior integrity is displayed in tireless commitment to the highest ideals of athletics in general and intercollegiate athletics in particular." The inaugural Merit of Honor Award was presented to former National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1989. The second award went to Bob Bronzan, former director of athletics at San Jose State University in 1991; while the third award was presented in 1999, to Joe Crowley, former president of the University of Nevada-Reno and the NCAA.
This year's Merit of Honor Award goes to Ben Carnevale who was NACDA's president in 1979-80. He is the former director of athletics at the College of William and Mary. I'm going to really enjoy reading a couple of highlights to you about Ben's career. He's a very special person.
Ben has been involved in college athletics since the 1930s, and was a member of the 1934 national championship New York University basketball team. He has coached college basketball at the University of North Carolina, where he led the Tar Heels to an NCAA championship game; and at the U.S. Naval Academy.
He moved into administration in 1966, when he was chosen as the athletics director at his alma mater, New York. He later became the AD at the College of William and Mary for 11 years. He was on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1968 to 1972, before moving through the Association's officer rotation, culminating with his presidency in 1979-80.
Ben was honored as the NACDA/NIT Athletics Director Award winner in 1985 and was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame the following year. He has also been inducted into the Helms Basketball, the Naismith Basketball and NYU halls of fame.
Ladies and gentlemen, one of NACDA's legends, Ben Carnevale.
Thank you Debbie for your kind remarks. I would like, at this time, to thank the NACDA Honors Committee, Bill Byrne and his group, for honoring me, as well as Mike Cleary and Jack Lengyel for their support. They've been great to me over the years. I would also like to say I've had a tremendous experience being involved with NACDA since 1965. Our good friend, Bill Flynn from Boston College introduced me. I had just left the Naval Academy and gone to NYU as athletics director and he told me about this organization and I've been with them ever since. In fact, I was watching television the other night and saw an incident that I observed years ago. Lou Gehrig more or less retired from the New York Yankees. He said he had the most wonderful experience and the greatest years of his life while he was involved with the Yankees. I feel like I've had the same experience with NACDA.
I've been married 60 years this coming September. I would like my wife, Agnes, to stand and take a bow. We've been very fortunate. We've had five children and she took care of all of them because I was always on the road. At the same time, they have given us 10 grandchildren which I'm very proud of and I've had some great experiences with them. All in all, I can say my experience with NACDA and in athletics have been great.
I've been associated with five different great universities and even after I retired from William & Mary, the University of James Madison asked me if I would give them a hand. They were getting started in athletics. At one time, it was a girls' school of about 1,200. Now, they have close to 18,000 and they have two different campuses and route 81 in western Virginia. Ron Carrier was basically the backbone behind that movement. I'd like to thank him also for the support he gave me over the years.
As Debbie said, there is quite an article in the program, you can read. I want to thank everyone for the support they've given me over the years. Thank you very much.
That's great, Ben, congratulations. It occurred to me as we were talking earlier that you played in a era where they had jump balls after baskets. Correct? It's amazing that one of the predicors is here today. Agnes, I have to tell you, I don't know if it's because you've had to handle the kids or it's what you eat, but you look freeken great. You're both very lucky to have one another.
I would now like to bring up John Genzale, editor of the SportsBusiness Journal, to present the SportsBusiness Journal Athletics Director of the Year Award. Although it is being presented on the same day, this award is unrelated to those that were presented earlier in the luncheon. John.
Great to be here. There is a little relationship. We take our nominees for Athletics Director of the Year from the award winners that NACDA has provided us a couple of months ago. We take it kind of seriously. We, obviously, look at wins and loses on the field, but that's not where we stop. We look at what the business success is of a program. We look at the integrity of the program and its leader and, of course, it's the leadership of a program. It's for all of those reasons SportsBusiness Journal wants to recognize Ted Leland of Stanford.
Many of you received SportsBusiness Journals on your chairs and there are some at the exhibit booth. Today's paper has an article on Ted Leland. I'm not going to go through all of his accomplishments, but I want to recognize one or two. He runs, quite frankly, the most successful program in college sports on or off the field. As you know, they won the Sears Directors' Cup for six straight years. The program had 34 athletes and coaches at the 2000 Olympic Games. This year, 21 of its sports programs were in the nation's top 20 competitively.
Off the field, the program has an endowment of close to $220 million. That's up from $45 million in 1991 when Ted Leland took over. Last year alone, the increase in the endowment was $7 million. Ted Leland oversees more than $80 million in construction since he's been with the program and he's been a member of the NCAA Management Council since 1996. It's really tough for a former Cal guy to give this award, but the SportsBusiness Journal Athletics Director of the Year is Ted Leland.
It's great to rise before you this afternoon. I do have some long memories of Street & Smith's, speaking of the SportsBusiness Journal. When I was growing up before CNN and ESPN and before the Internet, we all thirsted for information on college football. One of my goals in life was to get my name in Street & Smith's at some point in time. That was my badge of honor. In my senior year in college at the College of the Pacific while I was playing football, I got in it. I'll never forget the heartwarming words at the end where they said blank and blank and blank and Ted Leland are expected to contribute. It was a thrill of a lifetime.
I found myself a consistent reader of SportsBusiness Journal even before they gave me this award. It seems to me that they try to get the stories right. I'm not sure that's always true in other forms of media, but quite frankly, I find the SportsBusiness Journal the best source of information for our profession. Congratulations publishers and John. Thank you for this nice award. I was going to say some nicer things until I saw this picture of me and it looks like I have a pot belly and I'm arguing with the referees. It couldn't have happened and anyone who knows me know that's not true.
Cleary, this award is undeserved. The first people I'd like to thank are my family who clearly cleared the decks for me to pursue my dreams, the staff at Stanford has been fabulous in terms of doing their work so well that I can engage in other activities. There's an old saying, "never be afraid to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you." That has been an adage for me with our staff at Stanford. Lastly, I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the great student-athletes we're able to attract.
When people ask me how it's going on the job, I've gotten into the habit of saying "it's okay, but I'm one phone call away from disaster." I really think that there is a tradition in America to complain about your work and I guess I do it a lot. That's not fair, however, because I love my job. I'm a guy who truly took a passion and turned it into a career. My work is so engrossing I don't know that I'm working. I don't think my job requires a lot of discipline because I love it. I take great and undeserved satisfaction in winning this award. I take a lot more pride in calling all of you in this room and people on this dais as colleagues.
The attribute that has impressed me most about the people in the business has been the style and the respect with which we've been able to treat each other. There's an old saying that a sense of moderation is the greatest gift of the Gods. That is certainly true with those of us in this room who thought through contentious issues, who tried to look out for our own benevolent self-interest, yet worried about our colleagues and student-athletes and about our profession. We strive to leave people's dignity in tack and display respect for others who don't agree with us.
Congratulations to all of you for the career you've chosen and for your civility. I'm privileged to call you colleagues and, indeed, if you're known by the company you keep, I'm proud to have served with all of you. Thank you to NACDA and the SportsBusiness Journal.
Congratulations Ted. Now to present the NACDA/NIT Athletics Directors Award, Jack Powers, executive director of the NIT.
Thank you. It gives me great pleasure to present the 20th recipient of the NACDA/NIT Award to a great friend of both organizations, right here from Utah, former Athletics Director Arnie Ferrin.
The NIT committee and the NACDA committee spent many hours on trying to figure out who would be the next recipient. This year, we hit a home run as our recipient's in his hometown where he spent most of his life. He was in athletics administration and has done a great job with his program.
As a student-athlete, Arnie was an outstanding basketball player. Imagine at 18 years of age, he was MVP of Utah's varsity team. That's quite a feat. In those days, they could play varsity basketball. After that, they changed the rules.
He was the first four-time All-American in Utah's basketball history. He led the Utes to the NCAA title in 1944 and the NIT championship in 1947. He played three seasons with the Minneapolis Lakers from 1949 to 1951. They won two championships, one in '49 and one in '51 while he was playing.
Over the years, he has always been involved in athletics in the state of Utah. He was a man for all seasons. He was general manager of the old ABA Utah Stars. That's when they used that red, white and blue basketball. Arnie loved that basketball. He was telling me it was great for shooting. It is, because of the rotation. The ABA used that for many years.
When he returned to the campus, he was the assistant to the vice president for university relations. He was appointed AD in 1976 and served in that capacity for eight years. During his tenure, the Utes won eight NCAA championship events. This included four consecutive women's gymnastics championships. Under his guidance, Utah hosted many NCAA championships and the NCAA Final Four, right here in Utah. That was one of his greatest feats. He'll always remember that. The skiing championships were held here. The AIAW and the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships were held here.
For six years, he was a member of the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee. He served as chair of that committee. He was a member of the negotiating team for the rights for the NCAA basketball tournament. We all know what a great job was done and Arnie was one that helped negotiate with CBS. We have this great tournament that we now have today.
Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to present this year's award to Arnie Ferrin from the University of Utah.
Thank you. Imagine receiving an award for being an athletics director at the University of Utah. It doesn't seem like it's well deserved. One of the great times of my life. It gave me pause to reflect what it was like in the beginning. I would say beginning if Ben Carnevale were here. I'd like to share just a couple of memories with you.
One of them, in 1944, after I'd been an all-state basketball player for each year in high school, I came to the University of Utah. I walked into the coach's office and gave him a letter introducing myself. He didn't know who I was. I asked him if I could try out for the team. He told me there were no scholarships, but there were open tryouts. As I got to the door to leave, he called after me and asked me if I had my own shoes. There, we were going to play in the NIT, nine players, nobody on scholarships and everybody lived within 35 miles of the university. The NIT was, in the beginning, the first national basketball tournament. We played there two years and were thrilled to go to New York City, which was the hot spot for basketball.
I remember when they announced that I would become the athletics director at the University of Utah, my first phone call was from an athletics director who had a story to tell me. It was a story about an athletics director who took over a new job. His predecessor said to him, "In the center drawer of the desk, I've left you three envelopes. After about a year, you'll want to open the first envelope and things are really tough, and it will say, blame your predecessor. After the second year when it's nearly impossible, open the second envelope and it will say, blame the NCAA. After the third year as an athletics director, open the third envelope and it will say, prepare three envelopes." That really wasn't the case at the University of Utah. As I say, it's hard to receive an award for the university because it's a wonderful place. I had a wonderful predecessor, Bud Jack. He set the stage for our growth and development. His family is here.
The genesis of the tournament is interesting. The first year I served on the Negotiating Committee with CBS, we went back and talked about millions of dollars for the rights to do the tournament. We'd gotten to the conclusion of it and they said this is the final number in millions and change. I said, "and change? I'm from Utah, explain to me what change is." Change was anything less than a half million dollars, which was more than my budget. It was enlightening to me to work with wonderful people who are my great friends and still remain good friends.
I'm honored to receive this. I've spent eight years meeting the most wonderful people in the world, the coaches, the players, the people at NACDA and the people at the NCAA. It's been the highlight for me to come here today and remember those things. Thank you very much.
Congratulations Arnie. Now, to present the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, Mike Lude, retired athletics director from the University of Washington and NACDA's president in 1981-82.
I understand why you were asked to be the emcee today Todd, because with this crowd, we really need a person who has a degree in social work. I am excited about this part of the program. Afterall, the name of this particular day, this particular event is the James J. Corbett Award Luncheon. That's the point we are in. I want to congratulate all of those people on the dais that have nominated, selected and won their awards. Friends, you've done a super job. I want to have you all fasten your seat belts, because we're going to go on to something else now.
We've had a number of James J. Corbett Award Luncheons, but this year's is significant. Each year at NACDA's meeting, an event that has significant impact on the profession of athletics administration is naming the recipient of the James J. Corbett Award. It is presented annually to the collegiate athletics administrator who through the years has typified the late James Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics, a person who worked unceasingly for it's betterment. The Corbett Award is, without a doubt, considered to be the highest honor an athletics director can have bestowed upon them for excellence in intercollegiate athletics.
The 2001 recipient is Jack Lengyel, now in his 13th year as athletics director at the United State Naval Academy. When Jack asked me to be his presenter, I immediately said, "Wow, yes, I'll do it." It is a special honor for me to present this award to my very special friend, Jack Lengyel. I respect this gentleman very much. There is no way I could or would reject the opportunity, nor did I wish to give him some time to think about it for he might just ask somebody else.
I want to bring your attention to something. We were all given the Athletics Administration publication when we registered. I think this publication should be the official Jack Lengyel magazine. You all got this and it's a beautiful photograph of our friend, Jack Lengyel, but if you will just listen to me quickly. On the cover is picture number one. On page two is picture number two. On page 20 is picture number three. On page 22, is picture number four. On page 23, are pictures five and six. On page 24, is picture seven. On page 28, is picture eight. Now Jack, you obviously had to pay very highly and deep down in the pockets to get all of that space.
It is fitting and it is right that this award be presented to Jack, for he embodies the characteristics and symbolizes all of the values this award stands for. I urge you, when you get back to your room, that you read the program. I'm not going to give you that information, you can read it. The briefing of a number of fantastic accomplishments, decades of successes, scores of honors, citations as this outstanding person has deposited in his record bank of his professional and personal achievement portfolio.
When the phrase, "He has been there" was coined, he had Jack Lengyel in mind. He arrived at athletics administration through the coaching tread. Are you listening? He has coached baseball, football, lacrosse, swimming, track and wrestling. Do you think any coach would lack the judgement to walk into Jack's office and say, "Jack, you don't have a clue to what it's like to be a coach." Jack has been there.
I will share with you some information that is not in your program. It's important that you hear this. I've known Jack since he was the head football coach at the College of Wooster. I was called by a representative from Marshall University when I was the AD at Kent State. Following the November 14, 1973 tragic plane crash, which wiped out the football squad, the coaching staff, support staff and a number of boosters and supporters, Marshall was seeking a recommendation for a new head football coach. Who could rebuild the football program from this terrible happening? I said I know a man that would and could meet that challenge. That person is the head coach at the College of Wooster. I know others felt the same way I did. Marshall made a very wise decision and hired Jack. He was the right man at the right time to do that. He not only handled it, he was the savior. All of you should view a recent documentary, Ashes to Glory. You would be most proud of the contribution and rebirth of football in the Marshall tradition. This historical documentation credits Coach Lengyel with the patience, the enthusiasm, leadership and the knack for finding something positive in everything.
He took a program in tatters and turned it into a football miracle. Jack, sometime later decided he would like to get into athletics administration. You probably wonder why. I believe he was exceptionally qualified for this profession. I knew the athletics director at the University of Louisville and assisted him in getting the AD's job there. I just recommended him. I talked to him and told him that Jack Lengyel was just the person to be his number one man. Jack was hired. He was on his way to a highly successful productive career in athletics.
One of the best recruiting jobs he ever did is at Akron Garfield High School, he met a lady named, Sandy. He dated her through high school and through Akron University and finally got up enough courage to ask her to sign his letter of intent. They were married and happily married for 44 years. Jack will bring his family to you when he speaks.
Jack has, and is, a member of the board of directors and executive committee of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. He was a leader in creating the John Toner Award, which recognizes an athletics director who has made a significant contribution to the game of football. He has worked extremely hard to get the foundation in the Hall of Fame. Many of you will benefit from this project. He worked unceasingly for this as an opportunity to recognize Division I-AA, II, III and NAIA players and coaches for inclusion into the Hall of Fame. Jack also provided the inertia within NACDA to establish the Athletics Director of the Year Award that all of you have just been cited for. His leadership skills, his wisdom and professional experience with countless others, many who are here today at this luncheon, benefit. He has been a long-time member of the faculty of NACDA's Management Institute. Director Lengyel has, without any hesitation, served this Association with effectiveness and distinction in a completely unselfish manner.
Jack has always been a positive, contributing member of NACDA. All of you should know he has contributed significantly to the growth and development of this Association. He has helped Mike Cleary and all of us. I have been present in more than 200 meetings with him, the Executive Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Finance-Management Committee, Strategic and Long-Range Planning Committee, the Preseason Football Games Committee and on and on. I have personally witnessed his contribution and I assure you he does make a positive contribution.
I know personally what it's like to be the recipient of the Corbett Award. It's something that has a lasting effect on one's personal and professional life. To be honored by one's peers is truly an emotional mountaintop experience. There is no way I can be more enthusiastic and exceptionally proud to have the honor and privilege and exciting opportunity to present to you and the world, the 2001 association of collegiate directors recipient of the James J. Corbett Award. Now, ladies and gentlemen, the U.S. Naval Academy's director of athletics and the James J. Corbett Award winner, Jack Lengyel.
Before I turn this microphone over to Jack, I have been requested to confer upon Jack by SMI, the Sports Management Institute, an honorary doctor of philosophy degree with all of the honors and privileges pertaining thereto. So, Jack, you are now another Doctor of Philosophy.
Thank you Mike, for that kind introduction. I'd also like to congratulate all of the recipients of the awards today. I'm honored to be privileged to be a part of this award ceremony with you. I personally want to thank Mike Cleary and the membership of NACDA and Bill Byrne and the Awards Committee for this distinguished honor. I would like to introduce my dear wife, Sandy; my son, David and his wife, Mary Beth. Would they please stand? My son, Peter and my daughter, Julie could not be here. I'm sorry they couldn't be here, but I want to thank them for their tremendous support throughout my career as a coach and director of athletics. Thank you very much. I'd also like to have all of the staff from the U.S. Naval Academy and anyone else out there who worked for me please stand up. I'd like to share the award with you, as well. I also want to thank Captain Kevin Sinnett who is our deputy athletics director. Kevin, would you please stand?
Another group I would like to thank are my mentors, Dave Hart, Sr., Mike Lude, Homer Rice, John Toner and the late Andy Mooradian. These were people who took me under their wings and helped me throughout my career and I owe them a debt of gratitude.
Standing here before you this afternoon, I flash back to many years ago when I was a young director of athletics sitting in the back of that room, next to the exit, close to the door in case the speakers got long and windy. I can assure you that will not be the case today.
We, as athletics directors today, face many challenges throughout our careers. My most challenging experience as an athletics director and head football coach was at Marshall University, in 1970 after that airplane crash that took the lives of the players, coaches and administrators, many key boosters and many leaders of the community. We took a group of young freshmen football players and made a commitment to the university and to the town of Huntington that we would lay the foundation that on other days would provide the opportunities to teams to be successful. It was like planting a small tree, knowing that you would never have the ability to sit under the shade of that tree, or digging a well that you knew you would never have the opportunity to drink the water. We did not win many football games. There were no trophies, no bowl games, but many of the young men went on to be very successful in life. Winning in life requires a far greater set of skills of dedication and perseverance than winning on the fields of play. That's the lesson I learned at Marshall, being the head football coach. It's a lesson I would hope I could share with you today, that you would incorporate in your own philosophy in athletics, in dealing with coaches and athletes at your institutions.
I humbly accept this Corbett Award on behalf of all my mentors, my assistant athletics directors, my staff and my student-athletes with whom I've had the privilege of being associated. Nothing is more certain than change, however, nothing is more certain than the facts that the critical elements of success are the loyalty, the dedication, the commitment of those you serve. For that, I say thank you and I share this award with all of you. Thank you.
Congratulations Jack. To be candid with you, you don't look that narcissistic, having all of those pictures. Let me make a suggestion to you. I think it's always important for you to understand that your speech is supposed to last longer than the introduction. Mike, if I'm ever inducted into something,
I really appreciate your animation, that's a lot of fun. To be animated over something like this is very justified.
I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all of today's award recipients -- Jack Lengyel, Arnie Ferrin, Ben Carnevale, Ted Leland and the men and women representing the present and future of athletics through the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award winners. It is an honor to be among you.
In conclusion, back when I was younger and a little bit smarter, I used to be able to retain all sorts of quotes. From time to time, I would provide something a little intellectually stimulating. Instead, now with age, I've come to find things a little more concise. For those of you that are readers of the Scriptures, there's a little tiny verse from Jude, a little book before Revelations. In the 22nd verse, it says "As one having compassion making a difference." It would seem to me today that we are in a room of difference makers and it applies to every one of you gentlemen. Thank you very much for having me.
Thank you Todd and, by the way, that is a great quote. It has been a pleasure having you with us today and we appreciate your time out of what is no doubt an extraordinarily busy schedule. On behalf of NACDA, please accept this as a token of our appreciation.
I would now like to ask Dave Hart, Jr. to come to the podium. It is my privilege to give the Past Presidents clock to Dave, the athletics director at Florida State University, and also my good friend and colleague in the Atlantic Coast Conference, for his service to this Association as president last year. Dave, thanks for everything you've done for us, not just for last year, but for what you've meant to intercollegiate athletics.
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 tomorrow morning during the Business Session. One lucky winner will receive two round-trip airfares and four night's accommodations in Athens, Greece. Our grand prize is sponsored by International Sport, Inc. Also, remember that the Honda Cup Dinner is tonight. We hope you can attend. Thank you for being here today. We are adjourned.