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NACDA Honors TCU's Windegger with the Corbett Award

April 4, 2012

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CLEVELAND - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced today that NACDA Past President and former Texas Christian University (TCU) Director of Athletics Frank Windegger, has been selected by the NACDA Officers and Executive Committee to be the recipient of the 46th James J. Corbett Memorial Award.  

The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who "through the years has most typified Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment." Corbett, athletics director at Louisiana State University, was NACDA's first president in 1965. The award is the highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration.

Additionally, Windegger will receive an honorary degree from the Sports Management Institute (SMI), an educational institute sponsored by NACDA and the universities of Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Southern California and Texas.

"Receiving the James J. Corbett Award is an amazing honor and I am grateful to those who named me as a recipient," said Windegger.  "This has been a surprising and appreciated culmination to a fulfilling career. I have been very fortunate to spend my life working in such a rewarding field. My years in NACDA are some of the best years of my life."

Windegger began his career on the Fort Worth campus as a student-athlete in 1953. He was the first recruit signed by legendary football coach Abe Martin. In addition to playing football for the Horned Frogs, Windegger also enjoyed a career as a star pitcher on the baseball team.

After graduating in 1957, Windegger spent two years in the Army and had a brief stint as a high school coach, before returning to campus to take over the baseball program in 1962. His 14-year tenure was the most successful in TCU history, going 298-166-1 (.641). In 1963, at the age of 28, Windegger became the youngest coach to ever to win a Southwest Conference (SWC) title.

During his time, Windegger coached baseball, while simultaneously serving as the ticket manager, athletics business manager and assistant athletics director, before succeeding Abe Martin as the AD in 1975.

Over the two-plus decades at the helm, he built a solid all-sports program. The men's tennis team ranked was nationally ranked 23 times in 25 years, the women's golf team captured a national championship and the men's basketball team captured a pair of SWC titles.

Nationally, Windegger was prominent on NCAA and SWC committees. He is a member of various Halls of Fame, including NACDA and the TCU Lettermen's Association. The TCU gallery in the Southwest Conference wing of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame is named in honor of Windegger.

"The Corbett Award is especially meaningful as it puts me in the company of many outstanding individuals who have given so much to intercollegiate athletics," Windegger said.  "It is a distinguishing honor to be recognized by your peers."

About NACDA:  NACDA, now in its 47th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. More than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 12 professional associations, including six for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors and two foundations.  For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.