May 22, 2017
CLEVELAND — The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 2017 Hall of Fame class. The list of inductees includes: Mike Alden, University of Missouri; Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Columbia University; C.M. Newton, University of Kentucky; Tim Selgo, Grand Valley State University; Randy Spetman, Florida State University; and Max Urick, Kansas State University.
The honorees will receive their awards on Wednesday, June 14 at NACDA's 52nd Annual Convention at the Learfield Directors' Cup Luncheon, located at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Mike Alden, University of Missouri
Mike Alden served as the director of athletics at the University of Missouri for 17 years, beginning in August 1998 through his retirement in 2015.
Alden previously worked as the director of athletics at Texas State University (1996-98) and held executive management positions at the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University.
He played college football at the University of Evansville and coached football at both Evansville and the University of Pennsylvania. Alden holds degrees from the University of Evansville (B.S. Business Administration; B.A. Business Education) and Arizona State University (MEd Educational Administration/Supervision).
Alden served as NACDA President in 2013-14, in addition to spending time as the Chair of the NCAA Leadership Council. He was named Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year in 2007-08, and was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
Alden is currently an associate professor in the College of Education at Missouri, focusing on leadership, management and process designing for higher education. He is also establishing the Center for International Leadership and Learning which coordinates study/research for faculty and students worldwide. Alden is currently focusing on Vietnam, South Africa and South America in establishing/expanding research/ study engagement. A central priority in Alden’s teaching and international research/study is servant leadership.
Highly regarded by his peers in athletics and academia, Alden is seen as a leader in university, conference and national initiatives. He is a very visible and highly sought speaker on leadership and management nationally.
Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Columbia University
Dr. M. Dianne Murphy presided over one of the most successful periods in Columbia University Athletics history during her 11-year tenure (2004-15). She also served as the University Advisor on Athletics Issues until retiring from Columbia where she joined The PICTOR Group as a senior partner.
A prominent and active administrator on the national collegiate athletics landscape, Murphy was named to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee in February 2011 and completed her five year term in September 2016. She also developed an elite leadership-training program for college women’s basketball coaches, The Center for Coaching Excellence, in conjunction with the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Columbia teams excelled during her tenure, winning a total of 30 Ivy League titles in 11 different sports. Murphy also spearheaded the creation of the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame. A steward of leadership initiatives, Murphy created the Leaders for Life program in 2008, designed to provide comprehensive leadership training to student-athletes. In 2012, Murphy created the First-Year Transition Program, for incoming student-athletes.
Murphy came to Columbia after six years as director of athletics and recreation at the University of Denver, where she led the Pioneers’ program from NCAA Division II to one of the nation’s top Division I athletics programs. Under Murphy’s leadership, eight Denver teams made NCAA tournament appearances and, on four occasions, Denver teams won a national title. She was named Athletics Director of the Year by NACDA in 2003-04.
Prior to Denver, Murphy served as associate athletics director at Cornell University from 1995-98. From 1988-95, she was the assistant athletics director at the University of Iowa. Murphy began her athletics administrative career in 1987-88 as the assistant athletics director at Kentucky State University.
Before becoming an athletics administrator, Murphy coached basketball for 13 years. She was the head women’s basketball coach at Shorter College (1973-76), Florida State University (1976-79) and Eastern Kentucky University (1979-86). Murphy holds a Ph.D. in administration and curriculum from Florida State (1980), and master’s (1973) and bachelor’s (1972) degrees from Tennessee Technological University. The Tennessee Tech Alumni Association honored her with its 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award. Florida State presented her with its Grad Made Good award at its 2005 Homecoming.
C.M. Newton, University of Kentucky
As a player, a coach, and an administrator for over 50 years, C.M. Newton’s touch has enhanced the game’s integrity and helped ensure basketball’s success. On the court, Newton played with the 1950-51 University of Kentucky team that compiled a 32-2 record and won the NCAA national championship. Newton continued his winning ways as a coach at Transylvania University, the University of Alabama, and Vanderbilt University. At Alabama, Newton won SEC championships three years in a row from 1974 to 1976 and led the Crimson Tide to postseason play six times.
He was a member of the NCAA Rules Committee from 1979- 85, including five years as chairman. It was during Newton’s watch on the rules committee that the two most important rules changes of the modern era - the shot clock and the three point shot - came into existence.
In 1989, Newton returned to his alma mater as the new director of athletics, a position which he held for 11 years. In addition to resurrecting Kentucky’s basketball program, Newton is also credited with hiring the school’s first African-American men’s and women’s basketball coaches. Newton was president of USA Basketball from 1992-96, when the United States Olympic team went from college to professional players. He was also a major influence in the selection of the original Olympic Dream Team of 1992.
Newton was recognized as Athletics Director of the Year by NACDA in 1998-99, just before his retirement in 2000. His term of service at Kentucky was marked by athletics and academic achievement, dedication to rules compliance, the addition of three sports, expansion of facilities and growth in revenues in response to the increasing financial pressures of collegiate athletics.
Tim Selgo, Grand Valley State University
Tim Selgo served as NACDA President in 2015-16 and was the first Division II athletics director to assume the role. A promoter of a well-rounded athletics department, he was a key figure in Grand Valley’s rise to the top of Division II athletics. GVSU finished in the top-two in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings for 15 consecutive years during his tenure, including 11 outright titles. Under Selgo’s guidance, Laker student-athletes garnered 121 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) Player of the Year honors and 25 National Player of the Year plaudits, while Laker coaches earned 135 GLIAC Coach of the Year honors and 29 National Coach of the Year honors.
Selgo began his career in athletics as a standout basketball student-athlete at the University of Toledo (1976-80) where he was eventually inducted into the Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame. He graduated from UT in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and a minor in mathematics. Following graduation, Selgo remained at Toledo as a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball program and earned his master’s degree in education administration in 1982. He went on to serve as the Rockets’ head women’s basketball coach for three years before moving to the administrative side of intercollegiate athletics at Toledo as an associate athletics director.
In 1996, Selgo was named director of athletics at Grand Valley, marking the beginning of his 20-year legacy. He led his athletics department by three simple fundamentals of success that align well with many Division II initiatives: 1. Create the best learning environment possible; 2. Challenge Grand Valley’s teams to competitive greatness; and 3. Commit the energy necessary for success. The idea of student first, athlete second was at the core of every decision Selgo made. During his time at GVSU, student-athlete GPAs continually exceeded that of the student body and by the end of his era the graduation rate would be 20 percent higher than when he was first appointed AD.
Selgo wrote a book reflecting on his life and career in athletics titled Anchor Up: Competitive Greatness the Grand Valley Way, published in May 2017.
Randy Spetman, Florida State University
On February 4, 2008, Randy Spetman became the director of athletics at Florida State University. During his time at FSU, the athletics program achieved its highest-ever Learfield Directors’ Cup finishes of fifth in his second year, and ninth in his third year. These were the first top-10 finishes in school history. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, Florida State was the only Division I athletics department in the NCAA to have all of its 19 sports participate in the NCAA postseason.
Spetman served as NACDA President in 2009-10. In his years as director of athletics at FSU, Spetman saw more than 250 All-American honors earned by Seminole student-athletes, 18 ACC Coach of the Year awards, 18 ACC team championships and out of a possible 76 NCAA Tournament appearances, the Seminoles advanced to NCAA postseason play 69 times.
Spetman graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1976. He earned three letters as a defensive end for the Falcons and was a team captain as a senior. He also won a pair of heavyweight Wing Open Boxing Championships.
His 28-year military career took him around the world in a variety of positions and he retired as a colonel. The last eight years of his military career (1996-2003) Spetman served as director of athletics at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Under his command, athletics teams at the Academy enjoyed unmatched success as the football team participated in four bowl games, while men’s basketball advanced to its first ever NCAA Tournament.
Following his stint at Air Force, Spetman spent three and a half years at Utah State as the director of athletics, before beginning his legacy at FSU.
Max Urick, Kansas State University
Max Urick was named Kansas State’s 12th director of athletics on June 28, 1993. His dynamic leadership, sense of direction and expectation of a high level of professionalism within the department catapulted Wildcat athletics into the 21st Century and as a leader in the Big 12 Conference.
He was a key player in the development of the Big 12 Conference and its ongoing transition. In doing so, he solidified K-State’s athletic future in one of the premier athletics conferences in college sports. But, as a team player, Urick was always quick to give credit to the many people involved in success at Kansas State.
Under Urick’s guidance, the athletics department made tremendous strides toward stabilizing financial balance while continuing an exciting growth period for athletic facilities at K-State. Urick placed a high priority on gender-equity issues at K-State by implementing several plans to enhance and increase women’s opportunities at K-State. The annual operating budget doubled during Urick’s tenure, proving that the financial health of the K-State athletics department stabilized and thrived under Urick’s direction.
Urick came to K-State after spending 19 years at Iowa State, including 10 as the Cyclones’ director of athletics. He originally joined the ISU staff as assistant athletics director in 1974 and then took over as athletics director in 1983. Before his arrival at Iowa State in 1974, Urick spent 13 seasons as a collegiate football coach at several levels.
A native of Troy, Ohio, Urick was an All-America football and lacrosse player at Ohio Wesleyan University and also won a conference wrestling title prior to earning his bachelor’s degree in biological science/physical education in 1961. He received his master’s degree in physical education from The Ohio State University in 1965.
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