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Alvin Attles to be Inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame

May 28, 2009

CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) is proud to announce that Golden State Warriors Legend and Ambassador Alvin Attles will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame on the evening of June 19, 2009. The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 44th Annual NACDA Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort.

Attles is currently in his 49th year with the Warriors organization, representing the longest active streak in the NBA. He joined the team in 1960 as a fifth-round draft pick when the team was located in Philadelphia and has since been affiliated with the club in one capacity or another, building a unique relationship based on commitment, loyalty and dedication.

Attles is one of only five players in franchise history to have his jersey number retired (#16), and he remains as one of the most publicly recognizable sports figures in the Bay Area—where he was enshrined into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. “The Destroyer,” as he was known on the court throughout his 11-year NBA career, ranks fifth all-time in franchise history with 711 games played.

As coach of the Warriors for 13 seasons (two of which he served as player/coach), Attles guided the team to six playoff appearances, two division titles and recorded an overall record of 557-518—ranking him 20th on the NBA’s all-time coaches winning list. At the conclusion of his coaching career, Attles served as the Warriors’ GM for three seasons.

This year’s induction reception will also honor Anita DeFrantz, the first African-American and first American woman to serve on the International Olympic Committee (IOC); Dr. Bernard Franklin, NCAA Executive Vice President on NCAA Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs and Past President of three HBCU's; Willie O’Ree, the NHL’s Director of Youth Development for Diversity Programming and the first black player in the League; Gale Sayers, the first black Division I athletics director at Southern Illinois University; Gene Washington, the NFL’s Director of Football Operations and first black quarterback at Stanford; and Bob Watson, Major League Baseball (MLB) Vice President of On-Field Operations. NACDA Past President and former Georgia Athletics Director Vince Dooley will be the recipient of the 2nd Annual Bud Selig Mentoring Award.


 

 

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 44th 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 2,300 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. Additionally, NACDA administers 11 professional associations that come under the umbrella of the athletics director. For more information, visit www.nacda.com.