May 1, 2014
CLEVELAND - The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 2014 Hall of Fame class today. The 2014 Hall of Fame class includes: Bill Bradshaw, Temple University; Kathleen Brasfield, Angelo State University; Gene DeFilippo, Boston College; Bob Myers, Solano Community College; and Jim Livengood, Arizona. In addition, NACDA will add three of its own into the Hall of Fame this year: NACDA Executive Director Emeritus Mike Cleary, NACDA accountant John Frain, and former NACDA attorney George Durkin, all of whom played a significant role in NACDA's early and formative years as an association.
The inductees will receive their awards on Tuesday, June 10 at NACDA's 49th Annual Convention at the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Awards Luncheon, located at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Fla.
Bill Bradshaw, Temple
Bill Bradshaw recently retired after spending the past 36 years as a Division I athletics director, most recently at the helm of Temple University. Prior to Temple, he served in the same capacity for DePaul and his alma mater, La Salle.
At all three institutions, Bradshaw inherited extraordinary challenges, but left each in a more favorable conference affiliations, unprecedented athletic performances, academic achievements, facilities upgrades and record revenues across the board.
At Temple, the Owl's football program experienced resurgence under coaches Al Golden and Steve Addazio that saw the University's first bowl win in over 30 years. Bradshaw oversaw the creation of a $10 million facility for men's and women's basketball and an extension of the pre-existing football complex. Bradshaw guided Temple through two conference changes in 10 years, first to the Mid-American Conference in 2005, and the Big East in 2012.
Off the field, Bradshaw pushed for his department to excel in both the classroom and the community. The "Breakfast of Champions" at Temple is a yearly event honoring those athletes with a G.P.A. above a 3.0, as well as those who have distinguished themselves in the Temple Teammates Award, given to student-athletes who have demonstrated leadership qualities in the area of community service, inspiring others to engage in similar selfless civic endeavors for the purpose of improving the quality of life for those in the local community.
Bradshaw is a NACDA Past President, was an ADOY recipient in 2011 and a finalist for the 2012 SportsBusiness Journal Athletic Director of the Year award.
Kathleen Brasfield, Angleo State
Hired in 1978 as Angelo State University's volleyball coach, Kathleen Brasfield served in a dual capacity as both athletics director for women and volleyball coach until November 2004, when she stepped down as volleyball coach and became athletics director over all sports (men and women). Brasfield retired as one of the winningest volleyball coaches in Division II. As athletics director, Brasfield was instrumental in obtaining the first strictly athletics endowment at Angelo State, thanks to Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand.
The LeGrand's also donated additional funds for a track scoreboard and track improvements prior to ASU's hosting the Division II National Track Meet in 2009. Brasfield also oversaw ASU athletics grow to 13 sports, including women's indoor track and field in 2010, women's golf in 2009, and baseball in 2005. ASU Women's Track and Field won the national championship in 2010, and the softball team won in 2004. Former ASU President Dr. Joseph Rallo noted "Both as a coach and as an administrator, Kathleen has made innumerable contributions to Angelo State University athletics. Her commitment to meeting both the spirit and the letter of the law in addressing Title IX issues will serve our women athletes for decades to come."
Gene DeFilippo, Boston College
During Gene DeFilippo's tenure beginning in 1997, Boston College experienced unparalleled success: BC football teams went to 12 consecutive bowl games, four national championships in men's ice hockey, and donations to BC's Flynn Fund have increased from $5.3 million in 1998 to approximately $20 million in his last year. His passion to improve the student-athlete experience at BC was evident in his oversight of the improvements to the BC athletics facilities and fields, including a new, $27 million Yawkey Athletics Center that houses the BC football program.
DeFilippo transitioned Boston College from the Big East Conference to the ACC, while twenty-one Eagles sports teams received a perfect Graduation Success Rate (GSR) score of 100, the most teams with a perfect score of any FBS athletics program in the country, and DeFilippo continually led an athletics program where the graduation rates of BC student-athletes ranked among the highest in Division IA sports.
DeFilippo graduated from Springfield (Mass.) College, earning three varsity letters as a quarterback, and worked as a graduate assistant football coach at Tennessee and assistant coach at Youngstown State and Vanderbilt. He is also a NACDA Past President.
He was athletics director at South Carolina-Spartanburg, associate AD at Kentucky, and then AD at Villanova before heading to BC.
Jim Livengood, UNLV
With stops at Arizona, Washington State and Southern Illinois prior to taking the reins at UNLV, Jim Livengood brought with him an eye for keen financial management.
Under Livengood's leadership, Arizona was one of the lone black-ink athletics programs among a small handful of institutions that rely exclusively on generated funds and do not receive state-appropriated monies.
His time at Arizona also saw him serve as the Pac-10 Conference President, President of the D1A Athletic Directors' Association, chair of the Pac-10 Athletic Directors Revenue Sharing Committee, member of the Rose-Bowl Committee, the NCAA Fellows program, NACDA President, and chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee, on which he served five years.
Livengood's career at UNLV started off with a bang; two weeks into his stay he hired Bobby Hauck as the 10th head coach in Rebel football history. Three months after that, it was announced that a new, state-of-the-art basketball practice facility, the Mendenhall Center, would be built, with construction starting later in the year. Livengood retired from UNLV in 2013 after 28 consecutive years as athletics director at four institutions.
Bob Myers, Solano Community College
In 1992, Bob Myers took over as the dean and director of athletics at Solano Community College (SCC). While at SCC he was elected President of NATYCAA, the CCCADA, the CCCPE and the Bay Valley Conference. He was the SCC 2007-08 "Manager of the Year," the 2004 Western Region NACDA AD of the Year and was honored with the L. William Miller Award from NATYCAA in 2011, which is the highest AD honor awarded by the association. This award is based on leadership, integrity and professionalism in the administration profession. In 2011, he was inducted into the Solano College Hall of Fame.
While at Solano, Myers managed a $20 million facilities expansion, initiated the first Solano College Athletics Booster Club, and started the Solano College Athletics Hall of Fame. During his coaching career at Arizona Myers coached 27 NCAA All-Americans, three NCAA national champions, four national record holders, and three Olympians and was on the 1996 U.S. Olympic staff. Myers also was awarded with the 1989 USATF Regional Coach of the Year award while working at the University of Arizona and was honored by the PAC-10 Conference "Legends of Coaching Program" in 2006. Myers has also published 33 articles in Physical Education and Athletics Professional Journals, authored two books, and six one hour instructional technique videos.
Since his Solano retirement he has returned to Tucson where he has become an avid road cyclist, a project manager for a CA investment firm and is an NCAA volunteer assistant coach for the University of Arizona Men's and Women's Track and Field Program.
Mike Cleary, NACDA Executive Director Emeritus
The lone Executive Director of NACDA, Mike Cleary, stepped down from his role in 2011, but has continued to serve as Executive Director Emeritus for three years. Cleary, who was named to the post in 1965, led the Association longer than any other current Division I conference commissioner, coaching association executive director or national association leader. In addition, he had the opportunity to work with all five NCAA presidents.
Over the course of its 45 year history, Cleary oversaw the creation of NACDA's Convention, its affiliate associations, Facilities Workshop, Security Summit, the NACDA Daily Review, NACDA's pre-season games--the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics, the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup and Athletics Administration.
As president of the McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation, Cleary was been responsible for raising more than $2 million to date. Annually, the program awards five postgraduate scholarships to minority senior-level students who are planning to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration.
While serving as NACDA's Executive Director, Cleary simultaneously held the posts of commissioner of the Ohio Athletic Conference from 1973-81 and administrator of the Division 1A Athletic Directors' Association from 1986-92.
Prior to NACDA, Cleary served as the director of championship events for the NCAA, and also held the same position with the NAIA. Before entering the field of intercollegiate athletics, Cleary served as the general manager of the Cleveland Pipers in the old American Basketball League under owner George Steinbrenner. While with the Pipers, Cleary hired John McLendon, the first Black coach to head an American professional sports team. He also served as general manager of the Kansas City Steers of Abe Saperstein's ABL and Midwest scout for the New York Knicks. A native of Cleveland, Cleary started his athletics administration career as sports information director at John Carroll University, his alma mater. After graduating, he spent two years in the Navy aboard air craft carrier USS Lake Champlain.
A behind-the-scenes person in the field of athletics, Cleary has served on committees with the USOC; the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority (NJSEA); and the National Football Foundation (NFF) and Hall of Fame, to name a few. In 1999, Cleary was named to the Board of Directors of the NFF and, in 1995, he received the award for the Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
Cleary and his wife Sue, have nine children and 22 grandchildren.
George Durkin, former NACDA Attorney (posthumously)
George Durkin was the attorney for NACDA for 37 years. While representing NACDA, Durkin negotiated the television contracts for the 20 Kickoff Classic and 13 Pigskin Classic college football games. He helped consummate the transaction that sent then NFL stars Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Paul Warfield to the World Football League. He also led Tampa Bay's successful effort to land an Arena Football League franchise. Durkin was also the attorney for a Cleveland sports agency which represented professional athletes, representing many athletes who performed in the NFL, the NBA, and Major League Baseball.
George and his wife, Mary Lou, were members of Notre Dame University's Advisory Council for the Institute for Church Life. They established the "Durkin Endowment for Excellence in the Center for Liturgy" at the university. He also volunteered his time and expertise as a trustee of Cleveland Catholic Charities, was chair of St. John's Hospital Advisory Board, trustee of Gilmour Academy, and received the Medaille Award from St. Joseph Academy.
Durkin was a 1952 graduate of St. Ignatius High School (Ohio) and in 1956 received his degree from the University of Notre Dame. Durkin served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force for three years and in 1962, he graduated from Western Reserve Law School. He was also awarded the Order of The Coif, admitted to the Bar and joined the law firm of Grossman, Schlesinger and Carter, where he spent his entire career (eventually becoming Cavitch Familo & Durkin). From approximately 1970 to 1990, George was active in the management of the firm and for more than a decade, he served as the Managing Partner.
Durkin and his wife Mary Lou have three children and five grandchildren.
John Frain, NACDA Accountant
John Frain has been NACDA's accountant in multiple capacities since 1969. A graduate of St. Ignatius High School, Frain earned his accounting degree from John Carroll University in 1957 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1964. Frain was discharged as a captain in the Army transportation corps prior to joining Hausser & Taylor, who was the largest regional accounting firm in the State of Ohio at the time.
In 1969, when NACDA returned to Cleveland, Frain became NACDA's accountant, as he was then a partner of Hausser & Taylor. As the years ensued, he took on additional duties as advisor to the NACDA finance and investment committee and was involved in the auditing of the Pigskin Classic and Kickoff Classic with Disney and various partnering institutions.
Frain retired from Hausser & Taylor in 2000 and has been retained by NACDA as a consultant to date.
His community service includes serving as president of the Elyria Rotary Club and on the Board of Northern Savings and Loan and First Place Financial from 1998-06. He was also involved in a number of charitable organizations, including the Eliza Jennings Nursing Home and the United Way of Lorain County.
Frain has been married to his wife Gail for 54 years. Together they have five children, 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild.