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NACDA Honors Ohio State's Jones with the Corbett Award

April 18, 2013

Jim Jones


CLEVELAND – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced today that NACDA Past President and former The Ohio State University Director of Athletics Jim Jones, has been selected by the NACDA Officers and Executive Committee to be the recipient of the 47th James J. Corbett Memorial Award.

The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who "through the years has most typified Corbett's devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment." Corbett, athletics director at Louisiana State University, was NACDA's first president in 1965. The award is the highest honor one can achieve in collegiate athletics administration.

Additionally, Jones will receive an honorary degree from the Sports Management Institute (SMI), an educational institute sponsored by NACDA and the universities of Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Southern California and Texas.

“To be singled out by one’s peers is the highest form of praise,” said Jones.  “Therefore, I accept the Corbett Award with great pride. I shall be forever grateful to those who nominated me and made the award possible.”

Jones began his tenure in the Buckeye athletics department in 1967 when he was hired by Woody Hayes as the “brain coach” of the OSU football team. He served in that capacity until 1970, when he was promoted to assistant director of athletics, where he was responsible for eligibility, compliance, team travel and the grant-in-aid program.

In 1977, Jones was elevated to associate AD and ran the day-to-day duties of the athletics department.

In November 1987, with 20 years of experience in the OSU athletics department, Jones became Ohio State’s sixth director of athletics.

Jones oversaw one of the nation’s largest athletics departments from 1987 until his retirement in 1994. During his tenure, in an era when institutions were forced to drop sports, Ohio State continued its tradition of having a broad-based program that afforded as many student-athletes as possible the opportunity to participate in varsity competition in one of OSU’s 32 sports. Women’s soccer competed for the first time in the fall of 1993 as one of the university’s 14 women’s sports offered.

Early during his tenure, Jones initiated a series of aggressive marketing and fundraising programs designed to supplement traditional incomes such as ticket monies, radio and television contracts and postseason appearances, which enabled the program to operate in the black financially.

Jones served on a plethora of national committees during his tenure, both at the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA.

Jones still resides in Columbus with his wife Linda and continues to root for the Buckeyes!

About NACDA:  NACDA, now in its 48th 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 13 professional associations, including seven for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics directors. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.