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AFCA's Teaff Recipient of the Selig Mentoring Award

April 12, 2012

CLEVELAND- Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), wasgrant voted the recipient of this year’s Selig Mentoring Award by the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee, composed of 18 minority athletics directors.

The award was established in 2007 and named in honor of Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig and is presented biennially to a person in athletics administration who has been at the forefront in creating equal opportunities for minorities in the field of athletics. Selig has placed diversity and equal employment opportunity among his top priorities throughout the years to great effect in Major League Baseball. Today, 31 percent of all on-field coaching positions in baseball are held by minority group members and female front office representation throughout the league is 30 percent. During Selig's tenure as Commissioner, minority representation among front office positions has grown from two to 24 percent. 

"Grant Teaff’s name is synonymous with not only college football, but intercollegiate athletics as a whole," said Warde Manuel, Chair of the McLendon Scholarship Steering Committee and Director of Athletics at the University of Connecticut. "His dedication and service to our industry are unparalleled and right in line with the core values of the McLendon Foundation. We look forward to honoring him in June."

During his time as Executive Director, Teaff has become one of the most effective administrators in intercollegiate athletics. Teaff has been at the forefront of mentoring minority coaches and administrators looking to get into the profession.

Some of his efforts including hiring the first full-time minority employee of the AFCA in 1995, Walter Abercrombie; helping establish the AFCA Minority Issues Committee; initiating the Trailblazer Award, honoring coaches who previously coached at HBCU’s; fostering AFCA minority education programs; helping create the NCAA Future Football Coaches Academy; and has consulted with various coaches as they look to advance in the football coaching profession. In addition, Teaff signed Kenneth Decker, from Kermit, Texas, to a scholarship at McMurry College (now University) in 1960, which was five years prior to Jerry Levias breaking the color barrier in the Southwest Conference when he signed a scholarship with SMU. Decker was the first African-American football player at McMurry.

In 2002, Sporting News ranked Teaff as one of the most powerful administrators in college football. In December 2004, Teaff was named one of the most influential people in college sports by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal. In 2006, Teaff earned the highest honor a football coach can receive when he was awarded the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award at the AFCA Convention in Dallas. In 2001, Teaff also was awarded for his on-field success as a coach as he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Teaff had an outstanding coaching career with head coaching stints at McMurry, Angelo State and Baylor, placing him in eight halls of fame.

As executive director of the AFCA, Teaff continues to be involved in nearly every issue that affects college football and continues to be a strong spokesman for the game.

Previous recipients include Dan Rooney, Chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers; Vince Dooley, NACDA Past President and former director of athletics at Georgia; and Pat O’Conner, President of Minor League Baseball.

About the John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program:  The John McLendon Memorial Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration.  If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.

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.  For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.