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NACWAA is committed to recognizing the achievements and successes of women working in athletics. Celebrating these accomplishments is an integral piece of advancing women in athletics. NACWAA currently supports nine awards:

THE RISING STAR AWARD back to top
Formerly known as the Administrator of Tomorrow Award, the newly renamed Rising Star Award recognizes junior or senior undergraduate students, graduate students, interns or volunteers who aspire to a career in intercollegiate athletics. Recognizing involvement and/or a leadership role on campus, in a conference office, an organization and in the community, this award is presented to individuals from any division [NCAA Division I, FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA/NJCAA/Community College or Conference/Organization].

All individuals who meet the below criteria are eligible. Please note, all nominations are welcome and accepted; however, non-NACWAA members must team up with a NACWAA member to support the nomination.

  1. Nominee must demonstrate leadership involvement on a campus, conference office, or organization (events, captain, SAAC, etc.) and in the community (specific examples should be provided);
  2. If attending school, the nominee should be in good academic standing;
  3. NACWAA membership of the nominee is a requirement.

Up to three national honorees will be selected and presented with their award on their campus/office/organization or at a select event of choice. To extend our appreciation and gratitude for their efforts, the recipient of this award will receive a registration fee waiver, complimentary lodging, and recognition at the NACWAA National Convention in the year awarded.

CLICK HERE to see a list of past Rising Star Award honorees.

2017 nominations closed on March 20, 2017. 

RISING STAR AWARD HONOREES

2008
NCAA Division I FBS: Georgia Davis, North Carolina State University
NCAA Division I FCS: Kristin Wood, Brown University
NCAA Division I: Brooke Meyer, University of Denver
NCAA Division III: Amy Pare, Springfield College
Conference/Organization: Kelly Diercks, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

2009
NCAA Division I FBS: Amy Wilson, University of Iowa
NCAA Division I FCS: Christina Wright, Ohio University
NCAA Division I: Carly Chudej, University of Texas at San Antonio
NCAA Division II: Alicia Larence, Northern Kentucky University
NCAA Division III: Elizabeth “Lisa” Nash, Mount Holyoke College

2010
NCAA Division I-FBS: Anna Chappell, Compliance Graduate Assistant, University of Oklahoma
NCAA DII: Shelby Stueve, Administrative Intern, California State University at East Bay
NCAA DIII: Jen Fried, Sports Information Director, Husson University
Conference/Organization: Eileen Patton, Educational Affairs Intern, NCAA

2011
Kathryn Ryan, Athletics Administrative Intern, University at Buffalo
Ona Peck, Game Operations Crew Leader, Niagara University
Kenya Broadnax, Athletics Marketing Assistant, California State University at East Bay

2012
Sara Eisenhauer, Macalester College
Erika Loomer, Adelphi University
Melissa Matzen, California State University, Sacramento

2013
Lindsey Abercrombie, University of Denver
Hillary Bach, Arizona State University
Erin Varley, Shippensburg University

2014
Julia Martin, University of Pennsylvania
Kaylyn Smith, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Sara Steinman, Moravian College

2015
Chelcie Abajian, Learfield Licensing Partners
Grace Bonoma, University of Louisville
Kelly Kime, Humboldt State University


COMMITMENT AWARD back to top

The Commitment Award recognizes an athletics administrator below the senior ranking level (3-5 years administrative experience) who is committed to providing high-level leadership and guidance within intercollegiate athletics, goes beyond the call of duty, and provides outstanding service to their department, conference office, or organization.

Senior-ranking athletics administrators are encouraged to nominate outstanding athletic administrators that meet the below requirements. Please note, all nominations are welcome and accepted; however, non-NACWAA members must team up with a NACWAA member to support the nomination.

  1. Be a full-time employee with 3-5 years athletics administrative duties/responsibilities at an institution, conference or national governance organization;
  2. Demonstrate a commitment in providing the best student-athlete experiences;
  3. Demonstrate support of diversity and gender equity;
  4. Demonstrate a commitment to professional development;
  5. Serve as a positive role model and mentor;
  6. Demonstrate a high-level commitment to the mission of the institution, conference office or organization and to intercollegiate athletics;
  7. NACWAA membership of the nominee is a requirement.

One honoree will be selected and presented with the Commitment Award on their campus/office at a select event of choice. To extend our appreciation and gratitude for their efforts, the recipient of this award will receive a registration fee waiver, complimentary lodging, and recognition at the NACWAA National Convention in the year awarded.

CLICK HERE to see a list of past Commitment Award honorees.

2017 nominations closed on March 20, 2017. 

COMMITMENT AWARD HONOREES

2008
NCAA DI-FBS: Lori Hays, Boise State University
NCAA DI-FCS: Michelle Roppeau, University of California, Davis
NCAA DI: Cindi Nagai, University of Denver
NCAA DII: Ann Martin, Regis University
NCAA DIII: Erin Barney, Rutgers University Camden
NAIA/NJCAA/CC: Staci Schottman, NAIA

2009
NCAA DI-FBS:Lindy Roberts, University of Oklahoma
NCAA DI-FCS: Ann-Marie Guglieri, Colgate University
NCAA DI-FCS: Michelle Bronner, University of North Florida
NCAA DII:Meghan Barter, University of West Florida
NCAA DIII: Carol Cantele, Gettysburg University

2010
NCAA DI-FBS: Dayna Scherf, Assistant Commissioner-Championships, Big 12 Conference
NCAA DII: Sarah Meier, Assistant Commissioner, RMAC
NCAA DIII: Jessica Gould, Assistant Director of Athletics, Regis College (at time of nomination)
Conference/Organization: Jacklyn Driscoll, Director of Marketing, Communications and Web Technology, NACWAA

2011
Jackie Luszczek, Women’s Basketball Coach, Lacrosse Coach and SWA, The Sage Colleges

2012
Cynthia Rail, University of Denver

2013
Binh Nguyen, NCAA

2014
Katie McGann, University of California, San Diego

2015
Erin Adkins, University of San Diego

 


THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD  back to top 
The Administrator of the Year Award, sponsored by Learfield, is presented to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics. This award, recognizing administrative excellence, is presented annually to members in each NCAA division [Division I, FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA/NJCAA or Conference/Organization].

All individuals who meet the below criteria are eligible. Please note, all nominations are welcome and accepted; however, non-NACWAA members must team up with a NACWAA member to support the nomination.

  1. Be an active member of NACWAA;
  2. Be employed as a full-time athletics administrator at the institution, national governing organization or conference listed at the time of nomination;
  3. Be committed to diversity and gender equity;
  4. Demonstrate commitment, cooperation, and allegiance in promoting excellence in intercollegiate athletics;
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and mentoring of athletics administrative staff;
  6. Serve as a positive role model;
  7. Demonstrate leadership and vision in promoting women’s athletics;
  8. Be committed to the education and welfare of student-athletes;
  9. Attend the National Convention.

Administrator of the Year honorees are recognized at the NACWAA National Convention in the year awarded where they are honored during the Jostens Administrator of the Year Lunch.

CLICK HERE to see a list of past Administrator of the Year honorees.

2016 nominations closed April 22, 2016. 

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR HONOREES

1991
District 1: Jeanne Rowlands, Northeastern University
District 2: N/A
District 3: Janice Shelton, Tennessee State University
District 4: Judith Sweet, University of California – San Diego
District 5: Charlotte West, Southern Illinois University
District 6: Judith Kruckman, WWIAC
District 7: Donna Lopiano, University of Texas, Austin

National Administrator of the Year: Charlotte West, Southern Illinois University

1992
District 1: Eleanor Lemaire, University of Rhode Island
District 2: Eve Atkinson, Lafayette College
District 3: Martha Mullins, Eastern Kentucky University
District 4: Judy Sweet, University of California, San Diego
District 5: Karol Kahrs, University of Illinois
District 6: Phyllis Bailey, Ohio State University
District 7: Donna Lopiano, University of Texas

National Administrator of the Year: Judy Sweet, University of California, San Diego

1993
District 1: E. Louise Albrecht, Southern Connecticut State University
District 2: Jenepher Shillingford, Bryn Mawr College
District 3: Nora Lynn Finch, North Carolina State University
District 4: Virginia Hunt, Montana State University
District 5: R. Elaine Dreidame, University of Dayton
District 6: Christine H.B. Grant, University of Iowa
District 7: Mary Jo Wynn, Southwest Missouri State University

National Administrator of the Year: Christine H.B. Grant, University of Iowa

1994
District 1: Louise O’Neal, Wellesley College
District 2: Ellen Perry, Pen State University
District 3: Carol Fritz, Western Maryland College
District 4: Pam Gill-Fisher, University of California-Davis
District 5: Marcy Weston, Central Michigan University
District 6: Chris Voelz, University of Minnesota
District 7: Kit Green, University of Washington

National Administrator of the Year: Louise O’Neal, Wellesley College

1995
District 1: Jane Betts, NACWAA Executive Director
District 2: Majorie Trout, Millersville University
District 3: Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee
District 4: Lu Wallace, Brigham Young University
District 5: Linda Herman, Illinois State University
District 6: Georgene Brock, Minnesota State University, Mankato
District 7: Connie Claussen, University of Nebraska, Omaha

National Administrator of the Year: Jane Betts, NACWAA Executive Director

1996
District 1: Linda S. Moulton, Clark University
District 2: Marilyn A. McNeil, Monmouth College
District 3: Mary Jo Warner, The George Washington University
District 4: Fern Gardner, University of Utah
District 5: Patty Viverito, Gateway Football Conference, Missouri Valley Conference
District 6: Margie H. McDonald, Western Athletic Conference
District 7: Jeannine McHaney, Texas Tech University (posthumously)

National Administrator of the Year: Patty Viverito, Gateway Football Conference, Missouri Valley Conference

1997
District 1: Deborah Chin, University of New Haven
District 2: Sue Regan, Seton Hall
District 3: Kitty Rogers Baird, Centre College
District 4: Marcia Saneholtz, Washington State University
District 5: Lynn Imergoot, Washington University (MO)
District 6: Phyllis Ocker, University of Michigan (retired)
District 7: Dr. Barbara Hibner, University of Nebraska

National Administrator of the Year: Marcia Saneholtz, Washington State University

1998
District 1: Arlene E. Gorton, Brown University
District 2: Sharon E. Taylor, Lock Haven University
District 3: Donna Ledwin, College of New Rochelle
District 4:Karen Miller, Cal Poly Pomona
District 5: Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul University
District 6: Barbara Schroeder, Regis University
District 7: Tricia Bork, NCAA

National Administrator of the Year: Sharon E. Taylor, Lock Haven University

1999
District 1: Rita Castagna, Assumption College
District 2: Connee Zotos, Drew University
District 3: Deborah Yow, University of Maryland
District 4: Barbara Hedges, University of Washington
District 5: Alfreeda Goff, Midwestern Collegiate Conference
District 6: Kathy Lindahl, Michigan State University
District 7: Janet Justus, NCAA

National Administrator of the Year: Janet Justus, NCAA

2000
NCAA Div IA: Cheryl Levick, Stanford University
NCAA Div IAA: JoAnn Harper, Dartmouth College
NCAA Div IAA: Diane T. Wendt, University of Denver
NCAA Div II: Gwendolyn Davis-Reeves, Fort Valley State University
NCAA Div III: Marilyn Moore, SUNY, Geneseo
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Lea Plarski, St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley
Organization/Conference: Patricia Wall, Southeastern Conference

2001
NCAA Div IA: J. Elaine Hieber, Iowa State University
NCAA Div IAA: Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth University
NCAA Div IAAA: M. Dianne Murphy, University of Denver
NCAA Div II: Pam Gill-Fisher, University of California-Davis
NCAA Div III: Suzanne Coffey, Bates College
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Norma Dycus, Sinclair Community College
Organization/Conference: Carol Iwaoka, Big Ten Conference

2002
NCAA Div IA: Andi Seger, Ball State University
NCAA Div IAA: Andi Myers, Indiana State University
NCAA Div IAAA: Roxanne Levenson, Pepperdine University
NCAA Div II: Lynn Dorn, North Dakota State University
NCAA Div III: Laurie Priest, Mount Holyoke College
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Karen Sykes, Dean College
Organization/Conference: Carolyn Schlie Femovich, Patriot League

2003
NCAA Div IA: Cary Groth, Northern Illinois University
NCAA Div IAA: Nance Reed, Towson University
NCAA Div IAAA: Jean Lenti Ponsetto, DePaul University
NCAA Div II: Mary Gardner, Bloomsburg
NCAA Div III: Joy Solomen, Rowan Unviersity
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Susan Hlavacek, Notre Dame of Ohio
Organization/Conference: Bridget Belgiovine, NCAA

2004
NCAA Div IA: Chris Plonsky, University of Texas at Austin
NCAA Div IAA: Sondra Norrell-Thomas, Howard University
NCAA Div IAAA: Peggy Bradley-Doppes, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
NCAA Div II: Jane Meier, University of Northern Kentucky
NCAA Div III: Connee Zotos, Drew University
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Ann Wellham, Garrett College
Organization/Conference: Athena Yiamouyiannis, NAGWS

2005
NCAA Division I-A: Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee
NCAA Division I-AA: Lauren Anderson, University of Rhode Island
NCAA Division I-AAA: Lynn Hickey, University of Texas at San Antonio
NCAA Division II: Dr. Suzanne “Sue” Willey, University of Indianapolis
NCAA Division III: Dr. Cathie Schweitzer, Springfield College
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Chris Haines, South Mountain Community College
Conference/Organization: Carolyn Campbell-McGovern,The Ivy Group

2006
NCAA Division I-A: Anne “Sandy” Barbour, University of California-Berkeley
NCAA Division I-AA: Dr. Darlene Bailey, Western Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I-AAA: Mary McElroy, Georgia State University
NCAA Division II: Dianthia Ford-Kee, Shaw University
NCAA Division III: Dr. Glada Munt, Southwestern University
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Lynne Levesque, Brookhaven College
Conference/Organization: Debbie Corum, Southeastern Conference

2007
NCAA Division I-A: Kate Hickey, Rutgers University
NCAA Division I-AA: Pat Henry, Harvard University
NCAA Division I-AAA: Janet Cone, University of North Carolina, Ashville
NCAA Division II: Lois Webb, Florida Southern College
NCAA Division III: Dr. Valerie Cushman, Randolph College
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Diane Schumacher,Howard Community College
Conference/Organization: Candice Poiss Murray, North Eastern Athletic Conference

2008
NCAA Division I FBS: Barbara Burke, University of Wymoming
NCAA Division I FCS: Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Columbia University
NCAA Division I: Athena Argyropoulos, American University
NCAA Division II: Lynn Griffin, University of Indianapolis
NCAA Division III: Dr. Kelly Hart, Springfield College
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Debby De Angelis, California State University East Bay
Conference/Organization: Beth DeBauche, NCAA

2009
NCAA Division I FBS:Noreen Morris, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Northwestern University
NCAA Division I FCS: Jacqueline Blackett, Associate Athletic Director of Enrichment Services, Columbia University
NCAA Division I: Kathy Klein, Senior Associate Athletic Director, University of North Florida
NCAA Division II: Deborah Chin, Director of Athletics, University of New Haven
NCAA Division III: Kim Chandler, Director of Athletics, Macalester College
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Norma Carr, Director of Athletics, Salt Lake Community College
Conference/Organization: Dr. Christine Hoyles, Associate Commissioner, Pacific 10 Conference

2010
NCAA DI-FBS: Petrina Long, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, UCLA
NCAA DI-FCS: Vicky Chun, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Colgate University
NCAA DII: Lisa Sweany, Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA, Grand Valley State University
NCAA DIII: Julie Davis, Director of Athletics, Fitness and Recreation, University of Maine at Farmington
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Susan Hlavacek, Director of Athletics, Notre Dame College
Conference/Organization: Janet Judge, President, Sports Law Associates, LLC

2011
NCAA DI-FBS: Susan Delaney-Scheetz, Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Penn State University
NCAA DI-FCS: Donna Woodruff, Senior Associate Athletic Director/SWA, Stony Brook University
NCAA DI: Carolyn O’Connell, Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA, Loyola University, Chicago
NCAA DII: Wendy Taylor May, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations/SWA, University of California, San Diego
NCAA DIII: Themy Adachi, Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Mills College
NAIA/NJCAA/Community College: Teresa Yetmar, Director of Athletics, Baker University
Conference/Organization: Karen Morrison, Director of Gender Initiatives, NCAA

2012
NCAA DI-FBS: Betsy Mosher, deputy director of athletics/senior woman administrator, California State University, Fresno
NCAA DI-FCS: Inge Radice, senior associate director of athletics, Princeton University
NCAA DI: Carla Wilson, senior associate athletic director for business and administration/senior woman administrator, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC)
NCAA DII: Angela (Ann) Walker, associate director of athletics, compliance/senior woman administrator, Nova Southeastern University
NCAA DIII: Julie Soriero, director of athletics/head of the department of athletics, physical education and recreation (DAPER), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
NAIA/NJCAA: Meg Schebler, director of athletics, Ashford University
Association/Organization: Terri Steeb-Gronau, director of NCAA Division II, NCAA

2013
Division I FBS: Janna Blais, Deputy Director of Athletics – Student Athlete Welfare, Northwestern University
Division I FCS: Shaney Fink, Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA, University of San Diego
Division I: Karen Peters, Senior Associate Athletics Director/SWA, University of Portland
Division II: Sara Lillevand Judd, Director of Athletics, California State University, East Bay
Division III: Susan Bassett, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports, Ithaca College
NAIA/NJCAA: Dr. Angie Fincannon, Director of Athletics, Taylor University
Association/Organization: Lynn Holzman, Senior Associate Commissioner/SWA, West Coast Conference

2014
Division I FBS: Jane Miller, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Programs/SWA, University of Virginia
Division I FCS: Dr. Ingrid Wicker-McCree, Director of Athletics, North Carolina Central University
Division I: Pat Meiser, Director of Athletics/Special Assistant to the President, University of Hartford
Division II: Lindsay Reeves, Athletic Director, University of North Georgia
Division III: Kim Blum, Interim Director of Athletics, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
NAIA/NJCAA/CC: Kelly Perry, Assistant Athletic Director - Compliance, Oklahoma City University
Association/Organization: Bernadette McGlade, Commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference

2015
Division I FBS: Vanessa Fuchs, Senior Associate AD/SWA, Florida State University
Division I FCS: Irma Garcia, Director of Athletics, St. Francis College
Division I: Janet Lucas, Executive Associate AD/SWA, University of California, Riverside
Division II: China Jude, Assistant Vice President/Athletic Director, Queens College
Division III: Natalie Winkelfoos, Delta Lodge Director of Athletics & Physical Education, Oberlin College
NAIA/NJCAA/CC: Dr. Kiki Baker Barnes, Athletic Director, Dillard University
Association/Organization: Lori Thomas, Commissioner, Heart of America Athletic Conference


THE NELL JACKSON ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD back to top
The Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year Award, presented to NACWAA members, is bestowed annually to an athletics administrator who exemplifies the personal qualities and professional accomplishments of Dr. Nell Jackson. This award is given to an individual who demonstrates qualities such as courage, conviction and perseverance, and who is an advocate for gender equity and diversity. This award honors athletics administrators who are NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement (formerly NACWAA/HERS) graduates, and demonstrate vision and outstanding leadership.

All individuals who meet the below criteria are eligible. Please note, all nominations are welcome, but emphasis will be placed on the achievement of minority women. Anyone is eligible to submit a nomination; however, non-NACWAA members must team up with a current NACWAA member to support the nomination.

  1. Be an active member of NACWAA;
  2. Be employed as a full-time athletics administrator at the institution, national governing organization or conference listed at the time of nomination;
  3. Be a NCAA/NACWAA Institute for Administrative Advancement (formerly NACWAA/HERS) graduate;
  4. Demonstrate the following qualities: leadership, courage, compassion, conviction, tenacity, and vision;
  5. Demonstrate a commitment to diversity and gender equity;
  6. Serve as a positive role model;
  7. Demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of excellence;
  8. Attend the NACWAA National Convention.

The Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year honoree will receive a discounted registration fee to the NACWAA National Convention in the year awarded where they will be recognized during the Jostens Administrator of the Year Lunch.

CLICK HERE to see a list of past Nell Jackson Administrator of the Year honorees.

2016 nominations closed April 22, 2016. 

NELL JACKSON ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR HONOREES

2000: Nona E. Richardson, Ball State University
2001: Amy B. Huchthausen, ACC
2002: Monique “Toni” Morgan, CIAA
2003: Athena Yiamouyiannis, NAGWS
2004: Cindi Nagai, University of Denver
2005: Carolayne Henry, Mountain West Conference
2006: Jacqueline “Jacqie” Carpenter, NCAA
2007: Germaine McAuley, Spelman College
2008: Tonia Walker, Winston Salem State University
2009: Grace Calhoun, Indiana University
2010: Marilyn Moniz-Kaho’ohanohano, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2011: Carol Howe-Veenstra, College of Saint Benedict
2012: Sharon Sanford, University at Buffalo
2013: Delise O’Meally, NCAA
2014: Ann-Marie Guglieri, Colgate University
2015: Julie Cromer Peoples, University of Arkansas


THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD back to top
The Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Nike, is bestowed annually to administrators and professionals who have dedicated their professional careers to advancing women in sport. Because of their tireless efforts, girls and women participating in sport can enjoy competitive athletics and/or athletic career opportunities. This award is given to individuals who have rendered meritorious service and have retired from or are no longer directly involved in the profession.

All individuals who meet the below criteria are eligible. Please note, all nominations are welcome and accepted; however, non-NACWAA members must team up with a current NACWAA member to support the nomination. Meritorious service is defined as leadership over and above normal duties as expected of an administrator of professional, highlighted by the following: 

  1. Active participation and leadership in national organizations (e.g., AIAW, NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA);
  2. Active participation and leadership in professional organizations such as NACWAA, NACDA, or other professional organizations deemed appropriate by the selection committee;
  3. Enhancement of the athletics program at the individual’s institution;
  4. Enhancement of the relationship between the athletics department and the administration of the individual’s institution;
  5. Demonstration of a professional and caring attitude in offering the individual’s professional and personal expertise and assistance to mentoring other athletics administrators, coaches and student-athletes.

Up to four Lifetime Achievement honorees will receive an all-expense paid trip to the NACWAA National Convention in the year selected, where they are presented with their award during the Nike Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon.

CLICK HERE to see a list of past Lifetime Acheivement Award honorees.

2016 nominations closed April 22, 2016. 

LIFETIME ACHEIVEMENT AWARD HONOREES

2015
Dr. Peggy Green
Jo Ann "Josie" Harper

2014
Sallie Beard
Joan Boand
Kay Hart

2013
Pam Gill-Fisher
Linda Moulton
Sharon Taylor

2012
Betty F. Jaynes
Margie McDonald
Donna Olson

2011
Nan Nichols
Louise O’Neal
Judy Sweet
Chris Voelz

2010
Dr. Mildred Barnes
Jody Conradt
Marcia Saneholtz
Andi Seger

2009
Past Presidents honored in lieu of Lifetime Achievement Award

2008
Leanne Grotke-Andreas
Tina Sloan Green
J. Elaine Hieber
Dr. Donnis Thompson

2007
Joanna Davenport (posthumously)
Dr. Carla Lowry
Barbara Jo Palmer
Dr. Phebe Scott
Sandra Shuler

2006
Jane Betts
Jeannine McHaney
Mary Jean Mulvaney
Joan Parker
Dr. Katherine Saunders-Nordeen

2005
Dr. Linda Jean Carpenter
Joanne “Jo” Kuhn
Jeanette A. Lee (posthumously)
Elma Neal Roane
Dr. Marya Welch

2004
Founders Honored in place of Lifetime Achievement Award

2003
Jessie Brown (posthumously)
Dr. Elaine Dreidame
Elizabeth Murphey
Ellen Perry
Dr. Janice Shelton
Jenepher P. Shillingford

2002
Merrily Dean Baker
Dr. Peggy Burke
Dr. Donna Lopiano
Dr. Laurie Mabry
Dr. Carole L. Mushier
Dr. Carole Oglesby

2001
Dr. Dorothy J. Alston
Dr. Christine H.B. Grant
Dr. Joan S. Hult
Dr. Pearl Kowalski
Eleanor R. Lemaire
Saddie Evelyn Magee (posthumously)

2000
Dr. Ruth Vivian Acosta
Kitty Rogers Baird
Phyllis L. Howlett
Dr. Virginia (Ginny) Hunt
Dr. Karol Anne Kahrs
Cornieth York “C.Y” Russell

1999
Della Durant
Catherine “Kit” Green
Dr. Nell Jackson (posthumously)
Fran Koenig
Dr. Luella Lilly
Mary Pavlich Roby
Dr. Maria Sexton
Dr. Mary Jo Wynn

1998
Phyllis T. Bailey
Carol E. Gordon
Judith R. Holland
Leotus “Lee” Morrison
Dr. Martha Mullins
Dr. Mary A. Rice
Jeanne Rowlands
Dr. Charlotte West


 THE HONOR AWARD back to top
The Honor Award recognizes individuals and/or entities that have exemplified outstanding support of women in athletics and their success.

Honor Award candidates are nominated and selected by the NACWAA Board of Directors. The general membership of NACWAA can put forward a name to a member of the NACWAA Board of Directors for them to put forward to the full board. This award is not necessarily presented annually, but rather in years in which an individual or entity is deserving of such recognition.

The Honor Award recipient is invited to attend the NACWAA National Convention where they are presented with the award during the Jostens Administrator of the Year Lunch, or other time deemed appropriate during convention.

CLICK HERE to see a list of past Honor Award honorees.

HONOR AWARD RECIPIENTS

1984: Broderick Company
1985: Eastman Kodak
1986: USA Today
1987: Members of the House of Representatives who signed the Civil Rights Restoration Act, represented by Claudine Schneider
1988: Rollin Haffer and Sue Durrant
1989: Founding Board members of the CCWAA
1990: Vivian Acosta and Linda Jean Carpenter
1991: Anita L. DeFrantz
1992: The Dial Corporation
1993: National Women’s Law Center, represented by Marcia Greenberger
1994: Sara Lee Corporation
1995: State Farm Insurance Companies
1996: Norma Cantú, Office for Civil Rights
1997: Birch Bayh, former Senator from Indiana who wrote the language of Title IX in 1972
1998: Donna Lopiano, Women’s Sports Foundation
1999: National Association for Girls & Women in Sports (NAGWAS)
2000: Robin Roberts, ESPN/ABC Sports
2001: NACWAA Foundation Fund Donors
2002: Billie Jean King
2003: Barbara Jordan (posthumously)
2004: Althea Gibson (posthumously)
2005: Christine Brennan, USA Today
2006: Irv & Tora Grossman, Founders of The Collegiate Women’s Sports Award (Honda Awards)
2007: Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Attorney & Professor, Florida Coastal School of Law
2008: National Women’s Law Center, represented by Dina Lassow
2009: NIKE, represented by Kit Morris and JoAn Scott
2010: Dr. Myles Brand, Former President, NCAA (posthumously)
2011: 1999 U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team
2013: Anita DeFrantz


THE LEGACY AWARD back to top
The Legacy Award is presented to a NACWAA member who has made significant contributions on a national level for the betterment of intercollegiate athletics.

This award will be presented based upon a nomination by a member of the NACWAA Board of Directors and a vote of the entire board.  The general membership of NACWAA can put forward a name to a NACWAA board member for them to put forward to the full board. Nominees must be dedicated to:

  1. Diversity and gender equity;
  2. The NACWAA Foundation;
  3. NACWAA’s educational and professional development programs.
     

The recipient of the Legacy Award is invited to attend the NACWAA National Convention in the year selected, where they are presented with their award during the Nike Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon, or other time as deemed appropriate by the convention planning committee.

CLICK HERE to see a list of past Legacy Award honorees.

LEGACY AWARD HONOREES

2006: Judith M. Sweet
2007: Dr. Charlotte West
2008: Dr. Christine Grant
2010: Jennifer Alley
2013: Jane Betts
2014: Karol Kahrs


THE AWARD OF DISTINCTION back to top
The Award of Distinction is presented as a special recognition to a male or female who has distinguished him/herself with any or all of the following: unique professional contributions, extraordinary service or professional accomplishments, and/or personal courage. This is an opportunity to honor and recognize a male or female who has served as an inspiration to others while providing unique contributions under special circumstances which he/she has conducted his/her professional work or career.

The award will be presented based upon a nomination by a member of the NACWAA Board of Directors and a vote of the entire board. The general membership of NACWAA can put forward a name to a NACWAA board member for them to put forward to the full board. This award allows the NACWAA Board of Directors the opportunity and flexibility to present a special award to a deserving male or female who may be outside the parameters of the currently established award recognition programs. This award is not necessarily presented annually, but rather in years in which a male or female is deserving of such recognition.

The recipient of the Award of Distinction is invited to attend the NACWAA National Convention in the year selected, where they are presented with their award during the Nike Lifetime Achievement Awards Luncheon, or other time as deemed appropriate by the convention planning committee.

CLICK HERE to see a list of past Award of Distinction honorees.

AWARD OF DISTINCTION HONOREES:

2008: Brenda Weare, Commissioner, Northeast Conference
2009: Kay Yow, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, North Carolina State University (posthumously)
2010: Diane Milutinovich, Associate Athletic Director Emeritus, Fresno State University
2012: Pat Summitt, Head Women's Basketball Coach, University of Tennessee