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Division II ADA Announces Bud Elwell as 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Feb. 11, 2010

CLEVELAND – The Division II Athletics Directors Association (DII ADA) has announced the recipient of the 2010 DII ADA Lifetime Achievement Award – Bud Elwell, former director of athletics at Gannon University. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented by WeatherPORT and is given to an athletics director who has exemplified superior achievement during their career at the Division II level.

“We are excited over Bud’s selection as the DII ADA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient,” stated DII ADA President Ed Matejkovic, director of athletics at West Chester University. “Over his 30-year director of athletics career at Gannon, he was at the forefront of Division II initiatives and the DII ADA looks forward to honoring him at the NACDA Convention in June.”

Elwell began his tenure at Gannon as an assistant coach in 1961-62 and took over the director of athletics duties in the fall of 1966. He retired in July 1996. His two most notable accomplishments over those infinitely successful 30 years were guiding the Gannon athletics program from NAIA status to a fully-competitive NCAA Division II program, and increasing the number of varsity sports from five to 17. Elwell also transitioned Gannon, a long-time independent-status athletics program, into becoming a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, one of the strongest in all of Division II.

With a focus on gender equity, he added several women’s teams to the department as well as equalizing women’s scholarships to be on the same level as the men’s. Elwell was also actively involved in leadership positions with the NCAA, including stints as the NCAA Division II vice president, chairman of the Division II Championships and Steering Committees, and a member of the NCAA Council, Executive Committee, Administrative Committee, Executive Council and Finance Committee.


 

 

Out of the office and out on the links, Elwell also served as the Golden Knights’ head golf coach for 25 years, leading them to a 341-119-6 mark in dual matches and earning 10 bids to the NCAA Division II tournament. His teams also boasted a record 49 tournament championships and six All-Americans.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is the most prestigious award presented by the DII ADA. To be eligible for this award, a person must be at least 60 years old, or have spent at least 25 years in collegiate athletics, with a majority of those years as an AD. The honoree may be currently in the profession or retired. The Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize an AD who, over the course of his/her career, has made an exemplary contribution to Division II athletics and the student-athlete experience.

About DII ADA: The DII ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors. For more information about the DII ADA, please visit www.div2ada.com. The DII ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 45th year. For more information on NACDA and the 11 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.

About WeatherPORT: WeatherPORT has seen exponential growth over the last 40-plus years, moving their base of operation from Gunnison to the Delta, Colorado area. Currently, WeatherPORT boasts over 200 families under their employ, making them one of the largest companies in the private sector in the area. WeatherPORT maintains several manufacturing facilities and a Research and Development facility to further innovative ways in which to meet the customers' requisite needs.