June 9, 2008
Lynda Calkins, Hollins University, Southeast Region
Lynda Calkins is in her 23rd year as the director of athletics and chair of the physical education department at Hollins University. As director of athletics, Calkins has overseen six intercollegiate athletics programs, the physical education department, intramural programs, sports camps and recreation programs. Additionally, she has coached swimming for 20 years. Calkins has served as chair of the
NCAA Council on Women's Athletics, the NCAA Selection Committee for Ethnic and Minority Grants and the Strategic Planning Committee. She has also served on various other NCAA committees - Management Council, Administrative Committee, Budget Committee, Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and the Honors Committee. Calkins was also a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference executive committee from 1993-2002. She served as president of the Conference from 1995-97. Her commitment to sports extends beyond Hollins. Calkins is an active member of the Board of Directors for Virginia Amateur Sports and sponsor of the Commonwealth Games. She serves her community through service on the Health and Safety Committee of the American Red Cross and the Board of the Roanoke League of Artists. Prior to Hollins, Calkins spent six years at Barnard College serving many roles, including director of athletics, chair of the Department of Physical Education and women's swimming coach. Calkins also spent five years as the head women's swim coach and assistant aquatic director at Brown University.
Del Malloy, Salve Regina University, Northeast Region
Del Malloy has overseen tremendous growth at Salve Regina University since taking over as director of athletics in August 1997. In 10 years, he has added men's and women's ice hockey, women's volleyball and men's cross country to varsity status. He also hired
the first full-time head coach for the football program (as well as a
full-time assistant), in addition to adding assistant coaches for all
18 varsity teams. Malloy is Chair of the NCAA Division III Management Council. He has garnered grants for alcohol education, diversity training and nutrition programming for the university community. He also played an integral role in helping Salve Regina build an athletic/wellness center as part of its long-term plan for the campus, and he has improved the
on-campus facilities for every team. Malloy has made sure Salve Regina is at the forefront of helping students learn to accept responsibility for their actions. In 2007, he created a position for online social networking to help students learn both the values and dangers of personal online profile sites like Facebook and Myspace. Malloy's focus on academics is clear, as 14 of the 18 varsity programs have cumulative grade-point averages above 3.0. He works directly with the student-athletes to build a strong Student-Athlete Advisory Committee presence on campus. Prior to coming to Salve Regina, Malloy was assistant athletics director at Wheaton College.
Vernon Mummert, Wabash College, Central Region
Vernon Mummert served as the director of athletics and physical education at Wabash College for 10 years. Under Mummert's direction, the Wabash athletics program reached new heights, including gaining North Coast Athletic Conference membership in 1999. Mummert was instrumental in the planning and construction of numerous athletics facility updates at Wabash, including the $22 million Allen Center and the $750,000 outdoor track. Wabash athletics operating budget has increased significantly since Mummert began his role as athletics director, addressing budgetary equity, transportation, recruitment and professional development for coaches and assistants. A leader in the NCAC, Mummert has served on numerous committees, including a recent two-year term as the Chairman of the Athletics Directors. Prior to coming to Wabash, Mummert previously served as the director of athletics at Yavapai College, where the men's soccer and women's cross country teams earned NJCAA national titles. He also spent 17 years at Drew University as men's tennis and soccer coach before serving as director of athletics for three years. He was inducted into the Drew Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Western Maryland (now McDaniel College) Hall of Fame in 1994 after an outstanding career as a member of the men's soccer and lacrosse teams.
John Schael, Washington University, West Region
Washington University's John Schael is in his 30th year as director of athletics and has helped orchestrate the Bears athletics transformation into one of the top athletics departments in NCAA Division III. Since his arrival in 1978, the University has totaled 126 NCAA appearances, 122 University Athletic Association (UAA) titles and 13 national championships. In January 2007, Schael was inducted into the Washington University Sports Hall of Fame. In 1981, he resurrected the men's basketball program after a 10-year hiatus, and helped with the addition of five women's programs at Washington. In 1986, Schael played a key role in the formation of the UAA, and has also been influential in the creation of the W Club, University's athletics fund raising organization and the Bears' Sports Hall of Fame. Some of Schael's more recent accomplishments include the development of the McWilliams Fitness Center, the Washington University Hall of Champions in 2002, and the installation of FieldTurf on Francis Field in the summer of 2004. In 2008,
Schael added women's golf to the St. Louis campus, increasing the Bears' total number of sponsored sports to 19.