NACDA Announces 2012 HOF Class
May 21, 2012
CLEVELAND - The 2012 Hall of Fame class includes: Nelson Bobb, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Bob Bottger, St. Louis Community College Meramec; Rudy Carvajal, Cal State Bakersfield; Oval Jaynes, Jacksonville State University; Laing Kennedy, Kent State University; Andrea `Andi' Seger, Ball State University; and Nelson Townsend, University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
The inductees will receive their awards on Tuesday, June 26 at NACDA's 47th Annual Convention at the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Awards Luncheon, located at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.
Nelson Bobb was named the University of North Carolina Greensboro's (UNCG) first full-time director of athletics, and served in that capacity for 26 years.
During that span, Bobb developed a nationally recognized program that continually succeeded in competition, as well as in the classroom. During his tenure, Bobb guided the University through an unprecedented change - moving the department from NCAA Division III to NCAA Division I in just five years.
Bobb also oversaw the construction and/or renovation of all the Spartans' athletics venues, helping the University host the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship in 1997 and 1998. In addition, the University also served as a training site for some of the Olympic teams prior to the 1996 Games. Bobb transitioned the department's teams into Southern Conference membership.
Competitively, UNCG teams won 28 Division I conference tournament titles and 41 regular season titles. Bobb also served in various NCAA appointments during his tenure and was also named an at-large member of the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association Executive Committee.
In February 2008, Bobb was inducted into the UNCG Hall of Fame and was the longest tenured athletics director in the University of North Carolina system and the Southern Conference up until his retirement in 2009.
After serving as a director of athletics for three decades between St. Louis College Meramec and Indian River Community College, Bob Bottger retired from his post at Meramec in 2011.
A longtime member of both NACDA and CoSIDA, and one of the founding fathers of NATYCAA, Bottger was a three-time recipient of the NACDA Athletics Director of the Year award. Bottger served as president of the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) from 2002-05 and as secretary from 1990-2002 and from 2005 to present.
During his tenure at St. Louis Meramec, his Magic captured the conference's All-Sports Trophy nine times; and won a pair of national championships in women's soccer. While at Indian River, the men's and women's swimming and women's tennis combined for a total of 22 national championships. A total of 224 student-athletes earned All-America honors and 40 earned Academic All-America recognition during his time. Bottger has also earned national coach of the year recognition in swimming and diving and has been inducted into several hall of fames, including the NATYCAA Hall of Fame in 2012.
In addition to being one of the founding fathers of NATYCAA, he served as President of the Association in 1990-91 and continued to serve on the Executive Committee throughout his career. In 2000, Bottger received NATYCAA's L. William Miller Award, the Association's highest honor.
Rudy Carvajal, has been married for 44 years to the former Anne Wicoff with 3 adult married daughters, and 6 grandchildren. Carvajal served as athletics director at CSU Bakersfield from 1972-2010. Built a small University athletics program and all its facilities from scratch, into one of the most successful NCAA Division II programs in the nation, winning an unprecedented 30 national championships in five different sports.
Under his leadership, the Roadrunners are the only institution in the
In 2005, he was nominated by his faculty and selected as the top administrator (Wang Award) in the
Later, Carvajal led the University through a successful transition to Division I status before his retirement in 2010. Most recently, he was the recipient of “Rotarian of the Year” award for outstanding community service. During Carvajal’s tenure at CSUB, campus and community service was a major point of emphasis engaging his student-athletes and coaches in activities to give back to the campus and community. This resulted in terrific support from the campus and community.
Academics was also a point of emphasis. His students responded by achieving success in the classroom garnering numerous Academic All-America and postgraduate scholarships, while graduating at a significantly higher rate than the student population. His tenure of professional service included: the NCAA Council, NCAA Legislative and Interpretations Committee, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee, the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Committee, and NACDA Executive Committee and the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Committee.
After more than 53 years of serving on a college campus, Oval Jaynes retired in the spring of 2011 after serving as the director of athletics at Jacksonville State University the previous three years.
Under Jaynes, the Gamecocks enjoyed much success, winning numerous Ohio Valley Conference championships and advancing to NCAA postseason play, and more than 300 student-athletes posted a 3.0 grade point average or higher in the classroom.
Jaynes began his administrative career as an assistant athletics director and associate athletics director at Auburn University from 1981-86. He served as AD at Colorado State, Pittsburgh, Idaho and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Fourteen of his former staff members went on to serve as athletics directors at Division I Institutions, including Jay Jacobs at Auburn University and Mark Hollis at Michigan State University.
Jaynes was active in many national organizations and has served on numerous NCAA committees and also served on NACDA's Executive Committee.
In March, 1999, he received the General Robert R. Neyland Award for Lifetime Achievement by the All-American Football Foundation. He also received the Bill Wade Unsung Hero Award in 2002 by the All-American Football Foundation, which is awarded to a college player for outstanding performance.
In the summer of 2008, Jaynes was inducted into the Burke County Sports Hall of Fame in his hometown of Morganton, N.C.
After 16 seasons, Laing Kennedy retired as the director of athletics at Kent State University (KSU) in May 2010. During his tenure, the Golden Flashes captured 251 individual Mid-American Conference (MAC) titles, 85 team championships and 83 student-athletes earned all-America honors. In the three years leading up to his retirement, KSU won or shared 23 MAC championships, both tournament and regular season.
His final season at the helm of the Golden Flashes program was solidified when the department captured both the MAC's Reese (M all-sport) & Jacoby (W all-sport) Trophies, as well as the Cartwright Award for excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship. During his tenure, Kent State claimed six Reese Trophies and six Jacoby Trophies.
In 2002, Kent State men's basketball went to the Elite 8 and at the 2008 NCAA Men's Golf tournament, the Golden Flashes finished in 6th place nationally. In 2006, Kennedy captured his second Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year award.
During his tenure, Kennedy oversaw the addition of two sports, women's soccer and women's golf; Dix Stadium added new lights, scoreboard, seating and FieldTurf; new locker rooms for VB and M-W basketball, wrestling and gymnastics teams in the M.A.C. Center; construction of the Murphy-Mellis Field for field hockey; the Olga Mural Field at Schoonover Stadium for baseball; the Ferrara & Page Golf Training Center facility; and the renovation of the entire Dix Stadium Complex, including the softball stadium.
Kennedy was just the second MAC representative to serve on the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee. He also served as the chair of the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Portage County. Kennedy came to Kent in 1994 after leaving Cornell University.
In 1983, Andrea (Andi) Seger was named Ball State's director of intercollegiate athletics/women under the school's split department system.
In January 1995, after a 12-year tenure heading the women's athletics program, the university combined its men's and women's programs and selected Seger as the director of athletics for its newly combined program.
During Seger's tenure, the athletics program won 16 Mid-American Conference Championships, boasted graduation rates in the top 10 in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and was named a FBS Champs Program of Excellence.
Seger has a bachelor's degree from Cortland State University and a master's degree from Indiana State University. She served for eight years on the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification and four years on the NCAA Division I Management Council. She retired from Ball State in 2002.
During the fall of 2004, Seger joined Alden and Associates, an athletics search and consulting firm, as a senior associate counsel. She was inducted into the Cortland State Hall of Fame and the Ball State Hall of Fame in 1997 and received a Lifetime Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) in 2010.
Nelson Townsend began his storied athletics administration career when he was named director of athletics at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in 1975, and again, in 2003. During his career, Townsend oversaw athletics programs at Delaware State, Florida A&M and the University at Buffalo.
While at Buffalo, he became the first African-American AD in 1987, and worked to move the athletics program from NCAA Division III to Division I in just three-and-a-half years. During his time at Delaware State, Townsend oversaw the athletics department transition from Division II to Division I.
During his time as an administrator, he served on various committees, including the NCAA Olympic Liaison Committee, NCAA Nominating Committee, Board of Directors for the Boy Scouts of America and National Education Association.
In February, Townsend was inducted into the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Athletics Hall of Fame, which only has 199 total members. This marked the second time that he has been inducted into a collegiate hall of fame. In 1987, he was selected into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hall of Fame.
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