National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Inducts Eight Athletics Administers into its Hall of Fame
May 12, 2008
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Cleveland, Ohio -- Eight highly-respected athletics administrators were selected for induction into the NACDA Hall of Fame; it was announced by NACDA President Kevin White, director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame.
The 2008 Hall of Fame class includes: Frank Broyles, University of Arkansas; Jake Crouthamel, Syracuse University; Joe Etzel, University of Portland; Christine Grant, University of Iowa; Willis Ham, South Carolina State University; Ted Leland, Stanford University; William Moore, Central Connecticut State University; and Ron Warnock, De Anza College.
The inductees will receive their awards at NACDA's 43rd Annual Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas on Tuesday, June 10 during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Coca-Cola and the National Invitation Tournament.
FRANK BOYLES - University of Arkansas
After five decades at the University of Arkansas, Frank Broyles stepped aside from his athletics director role on December 31, 2007. Broyles started at Arkansas in 1957 as the head football coach, before taking over the reigns of the Arkansas athletics program in 1971. He served in dual roles until 1976 when he retired as Razorback head coach. Under Broyles, five Razorback men's basketball teams competed in either the NIT Season Tip-Off/Preseason NIT or Postseason NIT Tournaments. In 1997, the men's squad finished fourth overall in the Postseason tournament. As men's athletics director, Broyles oversaw a program that claimed 43 national titles, 57 championships in the defunct Southwest Conference and 48 Southeastern Conference championships. Broyles oversaw the construction and renovation to all athletics facilities on campus, all of which were paid through private donations which Broyles helped raise. The recipient of numerous awards, Broyles was a member of the inaugural class of the UA Sports Hall of Honor, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and was again honored by the National Football Foundation as the recipient of the John L. Toner Award for outstanding achievement as an athletics director in 2000. In 1996, Broyles was honored with an award named in his honor, the Broyles Award, which is awarded to the country's top assistant coach. Broyles was also the recipient of the 2007 NACDA/NIT Athletics Director Award.
JAKE CROUTHAMEL - Syracuse University
In 1978, after a successful stint as head football coach at Dartmouth College, Jake Crouthamel was named the director of athletics at Syracuse University. Crouthamel, who retired in 2005, had numerous significant achievements in his 27 years with the Orange. Competitively, Syracuse captured 10 national championships, including the 2003 men's basketball national championship. He also guided the Orange to 22 BIG EAST Conference championships, 15 football bowl games, as well as a string of NCAA tournament appearances in men's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, and women's rowing. In addition, Syracuse student-athletes were honored for their volunteerism in the community on many occasions. In terms of athletics facilities, Crouthamel was instrumental in the construction of the Carrier Dome, the renovation of Manley Field House, as well as the Lampe Athletics Complex. He was a driving force in the joining of the men's and women's athletics departments into one administrative structure and the addition of three women's sports. Crouthamel, a founding member of the BIG EAST Conference, served on numerous professional committees during his tenure at Syracuse, including the Division I Men's Basketball Committee, Division I Management Council and the NCAA Football Issues Committee. With Crouthamel's success came praise, as he was awarded the National Football Foundation John. L. Toner Award in 1999, NACDA's Northeast Region Athletics Director of the Year award in 2000 and Syracuse University Chancellor's Citation for Excellence in 2002.
JOE ETZEL - University of Portland
Joe Etzel joined the University of Portland athletics staff in 1966 as the head baseball coach. Four years later he added director of athletics to his duties, and served in both capacities until his retirement from coaching in 1986. When Etzel began his reign as the director of athletics in 1970, the athletics program consisted of three coaches and five men's sports. During his tenure with Portland athletics, Etzel brought those numbers to 13 full-time and 11 part-time coaches for 16 men's and women's teams. Under Etzel, the Pilots reached new heights competitively, including national championships in men's cross country and women's soccer as well as numerous post season appearances in various sports every year. Pilot athletes also excelled in the classroom under Etzel, as Portland produced 14 Academic-All Americans and had five postgraduate scholarship winners in his 34 years. Etzel also made great changes to the Pilots athletics campus, adding four athletics facilities -- The Earle A. and Virginia H. Chiles Center for basketball and volleyball, the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center, Pilot Stadium for baseball, and the Harry A. Merlo Field for soccer. In 2003, Etzel retired from his post at Portland as the longest tenured athletics director among all NCAA Division I institutions. Etzel was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame for both the University of Portland and the state of Oregon in 1993 and 2007, respectively.
CHRISTINE H.B. GRANT - University of Iowa
A pioneer in intercollegiate athletics, Christine H.B. Grant became the first women's athletics director at the University of Iowa in 1973. In her 27 years at the helm of Hawkeye athletics, Grant guided Iowa to 12 NCAA championship sports and 27 Big Ten Conference titles. A native of Scotland, Grant has earned national acclaim for her dedication to gender equity in athletics. She has testified on Title IX and Gender Equity before numerous U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittees and has served as an expert witness in various Title IX lawsuits. In 2007, Grant received the NCAA President's Gerald R. Ford Award which honors an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics on a continuous basis over the course of their career. Grant has also earned the Billie Jean King Contribution Award from the Women's Sports Foundation, the 1998 NCAA Honda Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in Women's Collegiate Athletics and has been named the National Administrator of the year by NACWAA and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. Grant received a bachelor's degree in physical education and a doctoral degree in sport administration from the University of Iowa, where, until two years ago, was an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Sports Studies teaching and advising graduate students majoring in athletics administration.
Dr. WILLIS HAM - South Carolina State University
In 1980, Dr. Willis C. Ham was named the first full-time director of athletics at South Carolina State University, a position that he held for 10 years. A former SCSU student-athlete, Ham returned to his alma mater after spending two seasons as an assistant football coach at Fayetteville State University. While at the helm of the athletics department, Ham guided the Bulldogs to unprecedented success. SC State captured five national titles, 43 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships and made two post season appearances under Ham. The Bulldogs also garnered 20 Coach of the Year honors, produced over 40 All-Americans and had more than 20 student-athletes to sign professional contracts. In 1998, Dr. Ham was named to the SCSU Athletics Hall of Fame, and in November of 2007, was honored as a member of the university's Centennial Football Team (1907-2007). Dr. Ham earned both his bachelor's (1969) and master's degrees (1973) at South Carolina State, and his doctorate degree from Florida State (1975). Today, Willis C. Ham is the owner of Professional Success Services, a company whose specialty is designing customized speeches and training activities to improve delivery potential of individuals and groups within their organization's structure.
TED LELAND - Stanford University
Ted Leland, former athletics director at Dartmouth College, the University of the Pacific and Stanford University, has been involved in intercollegiate athletics for nearly 40 years. His journey began as a football coach at his alma mater, Pacific, before coaching stints at East Tennessee State University and Stanford. In 1979, Leland entered the world of athletics administration as the assistant athletics director at the University of Houston. He later moved to Northwestern University as the senior associate director of athletics and recreation. Leland's first director of athletics position was at Dartmouth College in 1983, followed by Pacific in 1989. In 1991, he left UP to become The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford University. In his 14 years at Stanford, Leland guided the Cardinal to 50 NCAA team championships and 173 conference championships, as well as 11 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cups. Leland also oversaw a major increase in athletics fund raising, as the Cardinal took in over $270 million in private donations and underwent $185 million in athletics renovations. Leland's accomplishments have earned him numerous awards, including induction into the University of the Pacific, Chabot College and Stanford University Athletics Halls of Fame. In 2000-01, he was named the Football Bowl Subdivision West Region AstroTurf Athletics Director of the Year. In 2005, the SportsBusiness Journal named him in the Top 10 "Most Influential" in college athletics and the U.S. Sports Academy presented him with the Carl Maddox Sports Management Award. He is also being awarded the 2008 NACDA/NIT Award at the 43rd Annual NACDA Convention next month in Dallas. Leland is currently the Vice President for University Advancement at the University of the Pacific.
WILLIAM MOORE - Central Connecticut State University
William Moore has been involved in athletics administration for over 57 years. He began his career as the director of athletics and head football and basketball coach at Shepherd College in West Virginia. Moore left Shepherd in 1953 to become the head basketball coach at Central Connecticut State University, where he later served as the director of athletics, health and physical education for 21 years. In 1983, Moore began a 10-year stint as the director of physical education, athletics and recreation at the University at Albany, before being named the New England Collegiate Conference commissioner in 1994. He most recently served as the Little East Conference commissioner, a position he retired from in 2008. Aside from his athletics director experience, Moore has also served on numerous athletics committees, including the NCAA Postseason Football Committee and the NCAA Legislative Interpretations Committee. He was the president of the Eastern College Basketball Association from 1979-81, the president of the Eastern College Athletic Conference in 1985-86, and is currently a member of the ECAC Division III Basketball Selection Committee. A 1983 Central Connecticut State University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, Moore is also a member of the Athletics Halls of Fame in Cleveland, Tennessee and the University at Albany. In 1993, he was awarded the Josten's Distinguished Service Award, and in 1997, Moore received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the All-American Football Foundation.
RON WARNOCK - De Anza College
Ron Warnock retired from De Anza College in 2004, after serving as the dean of physical education and athletics since 1998. Warnock came to De Anza after a successful 34-year career at Miami-Dade College, where he was the associate athletics director from 1970-89 before being named the director of athletics and associate dean of physical education in 1990. Warnock has been a member of NACDA for over 30 years and played an integral role in the development of the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA). From 1996-2004, Warnock served as a NATYCAA officer and in 2006 he was inducted into the NATYCAA Hall of Fame. Warnock is also the 2008 recipient of the L. William Miller award, given annually by NATYCAA to recognize athletics administration excellence on the two year level. Other awards include induction into the Florida Community College Activities Association Athletic Hall of Fame, Florida Community College Physical Educator of the Year and NJCAA Region VII Golf Coach of the Year. Warnock received his bachelor's degree in health and physical education from the State University of New York at Cortland, followed by his master's degree in physical education and athletics from Washington State University and his doctorate degree in physical education from Florida State University.