May 25, 2000
Eighteen Administrators Named To NACDA Hall Of Fame Class Of 2000
CLEVELAND - Eighteen highly-respected athletics administrators were selected for induction into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame, it was announced today by NACDA President Dave Hart, Jr., director of athletics at Florida State University.
The 2000 Hall of Fame class includes: Paul Bogan, Westfield State College; John Caine, University of Oregon; Rocco "Rocky" Carzo, Tufts University; Jean Cerra, Barry University; Howard Davis, Jackson State University; Dean Ehlers, James Madison University; Dave Gavitt, Providence College; Catherine "Kit" Green, University of Washington; Jim Harvey, Miami-Dade Community College-North; Bill Hollinger, Hiram College; Phyllis Howlett, Big Ten Conference; Joe Justice, Rollins College; Ed Markey, St. Michael's College; Bill Marshall, Franklin & Marshall College; Bob Mason, Austin College; Walter Reed, Florida A&M University; Floyd Walker, Central Missouri State University; and Frank Windegger, Texas Christian University.
The inductees will be honored in June at NACDA's 35th Anniversary Convention, June 11-14. The ceremony will be held on Monday, June 1s, at the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon.
A brief biographical sketch of each of the inductees follows:
Paul Bogan, Westfield State College
Paul Bogan and Westfield State College grew together in his 32 years as director of athletics. When Bogan began in 1963, the athletics program consisted of two sports. During his tenure, the program grew to as many as 22 sports. Westfield State student-athletes captured four Smith Cup and 63 Massachusetts State Conference team championships during Bogan's rein. They also won 15 regional team titles and took part in 19 NCAA and 32 ECAC tournaments. Bogan was also commissioner of the Massachusetts State College Athletics Conference for 10 years and was commissioner of the New England Football Conference for five years. He also held the position of president of the New England College Athletic Conference. In addition to serving as athletics director, Bogan was also the head baseball coach for 10 years, the head men's basketball coach for four years and an instructor of physical education. After his retirement from Westfield State, Bogan became the first full-time commissioner of the Northeast 10 Conference. Bogan was a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1976-80. He held the position of secretary for five years and parliamentarian for 12 years, until his death in 1997. Bogan has been recognized by the All-American Football Foundation as an Asa Bushnell Commissioner honoree and a General Robert R. Neyland Athletics Director honoree. Bogan earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, his master's from Penn State University and his doctorate from Heed University.
John Caine, University of Oregon
John Caine began his 39-year career in athletics upon graduation from UCLA in 1950 at Bellflower High School. After a seven-year stint coaching three sports, Caine moved into college athletics, first as a teacher, coach and counselor at Cerritos College in California, where he stayed for seven years. After one year as a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow at the University of Northern Colorado, Caine became head basketball coach at Lea College (Minn.), then at Eastern Illinois University. In 1968, Caine moved back to California to become director of athletics at California State University-Fullerton. After four years, he became director of athletics at San Jose State University, followed by University of Oregon, and finished his career at the University of California-Irvine. Caine served two stints on NACDA's Executive Committee, from 1971-72 while he was at Cal State-Fullerton, and again from 1980-81 while he was at Oregon. He was also active in the NCAA and Big West and Pac-10 Conferences. In 1994, Caine was honored in his hometown of Ashland, Kentucky on the Wall of Fame.
Rocky "Rocco" Carzon, Tufts University
A fixture at Tufts University for more than three decades, Rocky Carzo was its director of athletics from 1973 until his retirement in 1999. He joined the staff in 1966 as the head football and lacrosse coach. Carzo was responsible for increasing the number of sports offered from 12 to 35, including the establishment of a women's program. He was instrumental in the recent construction of the Lunder Fitness Center and Chase Intramural Gym, as well as the development of a $9 million athletics complex. The university has regularly placed in the top 50 in the Sears Directors' Cup standings during his tenure. He is a member of NACDA's Kickoff Classic Games Committee and has served as president of the ECAC, vice president of the NCAA, president of the Greater Boston Athletics Directors Association and chair of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). He has also been on the NCAA Executive Committee, NCAA Council, ECAC Finance Committee and National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame (NFFHOF) Honors Court. He has been a recipient of the ECAC/Jostens Administrator of the Year Award, NFFHOF Distinguished American Award, All-American Football Foundation's General Robert R. Neyland Award and New England Football Writers Association George C. Carens Award. Last year, Carzo was one of the inaugural winners of the NACDA/Continental Airlines AD of the Year Award, honored in Division III.
Jean Cerra, Barry University
Jean Cerra began her career in athletics administration in 1976 as the assistant athletics director/director of women's athletics at the University of Missouri. She was promoted to associate athletics director for internal operations in 1979, a position she held until 1985. After a short break from college athletics, Cerra returned in 1991 as the director of athletics for Barry University. The Buccaneers finished third in the Division II Sears Directors' Cup standings in 1997-98 and has since placed in the top 10 percent of the standings. Cerra was one of the founders of the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, which evolved into the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (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. Cerra also chaired and served on numerous other NCAA committees. Cerra currently holds the position of vice provost for enrollment and academic services and dean of the school of human performance and leisure sciences.
Howard Davis, Jackson State University
Jackson State University was the last stop for Howard Davis during his more than 30-year career in athletics administration. He was the director of athletics at Jackson State for five years. Prior to that, Davis spent 16 years as head of the department of health and physical education, as well as, athletics director at Tuskegee University. He was also the chair of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. During his tenure at Tuskegee, Davis initiated the Tuskegee University Athletic Hall of Fame. He also founded the Tuskegee University National Athletic Association that provides support funds to the university's athletics program. Davis was a member of NACDA's Executive Committee from 1981-83. He has held every major office in the NCAA with the exception of president. He was chair of the NCAA Southern District Division II Basketball Committee, member of the NCAA Nominating Committee and NCAA Council Vice President at Large. Davis was also a member of the AAHPERD Finance Committee. During his career, Davis authored or co-authored eight books and published numerous articles. He earned his bachelor's degree from Allen University, his master's from New York University and his doctorate from Oklahoma State University.
Dean Ehlers, James Madison University
Dean Ehlers was the first director of athletics for James Madison University, a position he held for 22 years. When he arrived at JMU in 1971, it was a small program without football, a conference affiliation, athletics grants-in-aid and with limited athletics facilities. Today, it is nationally recognized and continues to improve. Ehlers was also the men's head basketball coach in 1971-72, the first year for the program, and the men's cross country coach from 1972-74. Ehlers recruited JMU's first football team, one that would go undefeated in its third year and was ranked first in the nation in its division in its fifth year. Ehlers has served on committees for the ECAC and the NCAA. He was the president of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) during its founding. The CAA established the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award in honor of his career contributions to intercollegiate athletics. Ehlers received his bachelor's degree from Central Methodist College (Mo.) and his master's degree from the University of Missouri, played baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers for six seasons, served in the U.S. Army for two years and coached at Memphis State before becoming the first full-time athletics director for the Memphis City School system. Ehlers 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 in 1998.
Dave Gavitt, Providence College
Dave Gavitt has done a little bit of everything in his athletics administration career. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he coached basketball at Dartmouth and then Providence College. He was chosen to coach the 1980 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team. Although the team could not compete in Moscow due to the U.S. boycott of the Olympics, Gavitt organized a five game Gold Medal Series against various NBA all-star teams. He then became director of athletics at Providence College, where he served for 10 years. He expanded the athletics program from one with seven sports to 24 sports, and built a hockey arena and a recreation center. While at Providence, Gavitt helped found the Big East Conference in 1979 and served as commissioner until 1990. After leaving the Big East, Gavitt became chief executive officer of the Boston Celtics until 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he served as president of the NCAA Foundation, during which time, the Foundation nearly doubled its funds and increased the number of schools in the Life Skills program from 44 to more than 200. The National Student-Athlete Leadership Conference was founded in conjunction with Disney Sports in this time span. Gavitt is currently chair of the Board of Trustees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Catherine "Kit" Green, University of Washington
Upon her retirement in 1994, Catherine "Kit" Green had served for 20 years in the athletics department at the University of Washington 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 had previously been the associate director for the department of recreational sports programs at Washington. Her professional involvement included serving on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1983-87 and also the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee. Green was instrumental in creating the round tables that are still a part of NACDA's Convention. She has served on the board of directors of the Northwest College Women's Sports Association and the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). A graduate of Skidmore College, Green taught physical education for Middlebury College, Seattle University and the University of Washington before joining the athletics administration field. Green was honored with the lifetime achievement award from NACWAA in 1999. She was inducted into the Husky Hall of Fame at Washington in 1998.
Jim Harvey, Miami-Dade Community College-North
Jim Harvey served as the director of athletics at Miami-Dade Community College-North for 19 years. He founded the Miami-Dade student-athlete academic monitoring program. Harvey served on the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Executive Committee for nine years, as well as NACDA's Executive Committee from 1989-93. He was president of the Florida Community College Activities Association (FCCAA) and for the State of Florida Council of Athletic Affairs. Harvey has been very involved with the NJCAA. He was on both the NJCAA Division I baseball and basketball committees. He also acted as the NJCAA Region VIII Director. Harvey 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. He earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from SUNY-Buffalo.
Bill Hollinger, Hiram College
Bill Hollinger began his career in athletics as a coach in football, basketball and track at Ripon College from 1948 to 1956. Hollinger joined Hiram College in 1956 as athletics director and coach of basketball, track and football. A graduate of Hiram, Hollinger went on to earn his master's degree from Stanford University. He was chair of the Ohio Athletic Conference Athletics Directors and Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Athletics Directors. He was a four-time member of the NCAA Division III Selection Committee. Named Coach of the Year five times, Hollinger received the Sports Media Association of Cleveland and Ohio (SMACO) Award for 300 basketball victories. The Hiram College Distinguished Service Award was presented to Hollinger, as was the Hiram College Lifelong Leadership Award. He was also the recipient of the Ohio House of Representatives Distinguished Service Award. Hollinger is a member of both the Hiram College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Portage County Hall of Fame. Upon his retirement, Hollinger was recognized by the Bethany College, John Carroll University, Mount Union College, Washington and Jefferson College, the College of Wooster, the PAC Track Coaches and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Phyllis Howlett, Big Ten Conference
Phyllis Howlett was involved in collegiate athletics for more than 20 years. She began her collegiate career as the assistant to the men's athletics director for Drake University, from 1974 to 1979. She then served as assistant director of athletics at the University of Kansas for three years. In 1982, she became an assistant commissioner for the Big Ten Conference, a position she held until her retirement in 1997. Howlett was active with the NCAA, serving on such committees as the Executive Committee, Football Television Committee, Women's Golf Committee, Special Committee on Women's Basketball Television, Executive Director Search Committee and the Administrative Committee. In addition, she was chair of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, Committee for Women's Corporate Marketing, Division I Championships Committee, Finance Committee and co-chair of the Gender Equity Task Force. Howlett was also the NCAA Secretary-Treasurer from 1995-97, on the NACDA Executive Committee from 1986-90 and the secretary for the Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. Howlett is a member of both the Indianola, Iowa High School Hall of Fame and the Simpson College Hall of Fame. She has received the NACDA Award for Administrative Excellence, the Honda Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women's Athletics and the Football Foundation Award.
Joe Justice, Rollins College
Joe Justice's career as a student, coach and administrator at Rollins College spanned more than 40 years. As a student-athlete at Rollins, from 1936-40, Justice played football, baseball and basketball. After graduation, Justice played professional baseball in the old Florida State League and served in the Navy before he joined the coaching staff at Rollins. He started as head baseball and assistant football coach. Justice would go on to coach 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. Additionally, Justice served as the director of athletics for Rollins from 1957-81. He was also the dean of men at Rollins from 1951 to 1957. He was the NCAA representative to the Tangerine Bowl game in 1957. Justice 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. The Orlando Touchdown Club awarded Justice the Dr. Frank Gray Award in 1957. He has also received the Rollins Decoration of Honor.
Ed Markey, St. Michael's College
Ed Markey served St. Michael's College for five decades, including close to 30 years as its director of athletics. Markey graduated from St. Michael's in 1951 where he played basketball and baseball. After two years in the Army, Markey returned to Saint Michael's in 1955 as the assistant to the athletics director. Along with his administrative duties, he coached freshmen basketball for eight seasons, then varsity basketball for nine seasons. In 1968, Markey was appointed athletics director. During his 30 years, the athletic department went through incredible growth. The college went from men only, with six varsity sports and no on-campus athletics facility to coeducational, with 20 varsity sports and a multi-million dollar athletics facility. Markey also served on a multitude of committees and chaired the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee and the NCAA Division II Regional Men's Basketball Committee. Other leadership positions that Markey has held include president of the New England College Athletic Conference, president of the New England Basketball Coaches Association, assistant commissioner of the Northeast-10 Conference and the secretary/treasurer of the Mideast Collegiate Conference. Markey received the ECAC Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and was inducted into the Saint Michael's College Hall of Fame in 1988.
Bill Marshall, Franklin & Marshall College
Bill Marshall was the director of athletics and recreation at Franklin & Marshall College from 1971 to 1998. During his tenure, Marshall participated in the planning and construction of the $13.5 million Franklin & Marshall College Alumni Sports and Fitness Center which opened in the summer of 1995. Marshall also oversaw the planning and construction of a baseball stadium, the reconstruction of the football/lacrosse field, the installation of an eight lane all-weather track and the addition of four international squash courts. After Franklin & Marshall became coeducational, Marshall was instrumental in introducing 11 sports for women. In addition, he promoted women's varsity sports on the conference, regional and national levels. Along with his administrative duties, Marshall was a coach for basketball, tennis and squash. Marshall attended the University of Wisconsin for his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees, then worked in the Wisconsin system for 11 years before joining Franklin & Marshall. Marshall was on the NCAA Division III Steering Committee, the ECAC Committee on Eligibility, the NCAA Committee on Eligibility, the NCAA Interpretations Committee and the ECAC Executive Committee, among others. He was elected to serve as the ECAC president in 1999. When Marshall 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."
Bob Mason, Austin College
Bob Mason's name was synonymous with athletics at Austin College. He earned his B.A. from Austin in 1952 where, as a student-athlete, he participated in track and field and basketball. After completing four years of service with the U.S. Air Force, Mason returned to Austin to complete his M.A. He joined the Austin coaching staff in 1961 as men's assistant basketball coach, assistant football coach and head track and field coach. In 1962, he became the head men's basketball coach and continued in that capacity through the 1994-95 season. He served as track and field coach until 1964 and assistant football coach until 1978. After receiving his doctorate in 1969 from the University of North Texas, Mason became Austin's director of athletics, a position he held until his retirement in 1997. He served on NACDA's Executive Committee from 1974-78 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. Mason 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. In his honor, Austin's athletics department awards the Robert T. Mason Sportsmanship Award to a male and female student-athlete each spring. Additionally, in July 1999, the Dr. Robert Todd Mason Presidential Scholarship was established. Bob Mason passed away on November 6, 1999.
Walter Reed, Florida A&M University
In 1965, Walter Reed returned to his alma mater, Jackson State University,
where he earned his degree in 1955, as an assistant professor of HPER, head
baseball and assistant football coach. He remained for a year, but returned
in 1971 as an assistant professor and assistant football coach. He returned
once again, in 1974 as an assistant professor and director of intramurals.
In 1977, Reed was promoted to director of athletics, a position he held
until 1988. He chaired the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Faculty
Representative and Athletics Directors and served on the NCAA Executive
Committee. Additionally, at Jackson State, he was responsible for
supervision of the construction of the Lee E. Williams Athletic and Assembly
Center. In 1988, Reed became the athletics director at Florida A&M
University and operated the department in the black in each of his six
years. He managed and directed more than $1 million of improvements for the
athletics facilities. Reed chaired the Division I-AA Football Committee and
was secretary for the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association. Reed
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.
Floyd Walker, Central Missouri State University
Floyd Walker began his career in 1949 as a coach and physical education instructor at LaPlata High School in Missouri, a position he held for seven years before becoming the athletics director and coach at St. Charles High School in Missouri for six years. In 1962, Walker 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 director of athletics. In 1987, Walker became the associate director of athletics/compliance coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and served in that position until his retirement in 1992. Walker was chair of the NCAA Division II Basketball Committee. In addition to NACDA, Walker was also a member of Phi Delta Kappa and a member of the American Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Walker earned his bachelor's degree from Northeast Missouri State College; his master's from Arizona State College and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas.
Frank Windegger, Texas Christian University
Frank Windegger had been a part of Texas Christian University for 40 years. After serving in the Army for two years, Windegger joined TCU as the assistant ticket manager and assistant baseball coach in 1959. He progressed through the ranks, holding the positions of ticket manager, head baseball coach, business manager of athletics and assistant athletics director. In 1975, Windegger became the director of athletics. During his tenure, Windegger oversaw improvement projects such as new stadium lights, new sound system, grass turf, two grass practice fields and a new track. Windegger was NACDA's president in 1990-91. He held many NCAA committee positions including the Men's Basketball Committee, Baseball Committee, Voting Committee, Council and the Nominating Committee. 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 Athletics Directors' Association. In the Southwest Athletic Conference, Windegger served on the Executive Committee and was chair of the Men's Basketball Tournament Committee.