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June 12, 2001

NACDA Convention Features Tommy Lasorda; Sears Directors' Cups Presented

Salt Lake City, Utah -- At the second day of the 36th Annual Convention of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), more than 1,200 administrators in attendance were treated to the presentation of the Sears Directors' Cup trophies at the NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon and to an opening morning address by Tommy Lasorda.

Lasorda, who gave a motivational speech, to those in attendance, "the only way you're going to beat your opponents is to outwork them." He added that "the most important part of your job is to make sure those youngsters get a good education."

At the NACDA Scholarship Awards Luncheon, Ted Leland, director of athletics at Stanford University (Division I); Greg Warzecka, director of athletics at the University of California-Davis (Division II); Harry Sheehy, director of athletics at Williams College (Division III); and Wilf Wedmann, director of athletics at Simon Fraser University (NAIA); were presented with the Sears Directors' Cup trophies. The award is the ultimate award for winning the only all-sports competition in intercollegiate athletics. John Lebbad, Sears director of event marketing and sales promotions, presented the awards. Serving as the emcee at the luncheon was Leslie Gudel of ABC Sports.

In Division I, Stanford University earned its seventh consecutive Sears Directors' Cup. Stanford currently has 1,259.5 points, but will earn more points through its appearance in the College World Series. They scored in the maximum of 20 sports allowed in the standings - 10 women's and 10 men's and recorded a national championship in women's golf.

The University of California-Davis won its third Sears Directors' Cup, this year with 703 points. The Aggies placed nine teams in the top 10 and scored in five women's and six men's sports.

Williams College claimed its fifth Sears Directors' Cup championship, with 897.5 points. The Ephs won the national title in both women's and men's tennis and posted seven additional top 10 finishes. Williams scored in six women's and seven men's sports.

Simon Fraser was the NAIA champion for the fifth consecutive year and recorded 820 points. SFU won three national championships, in women's soccer and women's and men's swimming and diving, and placed five other teams in the top 10. They scored in the maximum of six women's and six men's sports.

Receiving postgraduate scholarship awards were four $5,000 NACDA Foundation Football Postgraduate Scholarship awards; five $10,000 John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards; and 16 $5,000 Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards.

Receiving the NACDA Foundation Football awards, presented to one member from each team which participated in NACDA's preseason football games, were Jared Lee, Brigham Young; Marcus Outzen, Florida State; Brandon Steele, Penn State; and Mike Van Raaphorst, Southern California.

The John McLendon Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were presented to minority students who will pursue a postgraduate degree in athletics administration. These went to Bola Bamiduro, Barnard; Harvey Davis, St. Mary's (Md.); Marty Jarmond, North Carolina-Willmington; Cobey Shoji, Michigan; and Hajj Turner, Louisville.

The Sears Directors' Cup Postgraduate Scholarship Awards were presented to senior members of an institution's athletics support staff. Receiving these awards in Division I were Laurie Baumgartner, Western Illinois; Kathryn Jordan, Maryland; Cindy Masters, Tennessee; and Jay Snow, Missouri. Division II recipients were Melinda Huhn, Grand Valley State; Brian Hunt, Augustana (SD); Josh Lovell, Lenoir-Rhyne; and Tim Mayfield, Truman State. Winning the Division III scholarships were Brenda Ashby, Widenter; Nick Bachand, Albion; Teresa Saunders, Notre Dame (Md.); and Steve Vladeck, Amherst. NAIA recipients were Adam Burns, John Brown; Jason Clouser, Ozarks; Jenni Rodwell, Albertson; and Mary Ryan, St. Ambrose.

Contact: Laurie Garrison
 Assistant Executive Director, Communications
 440/892-4007 (Fax)
 E-mail: lgarrison@nacda.com
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