NACWAA Lifetime Achievers are the women who came before us and paved the way, creating the opportunities all of us are now enjoying. They have fought the battles and inspired us with their courage and commitment. We continue to celebrate, honor and gain inspiration from these remarkable women.
Joan BoandJoan Boand,
Joan Boand arrived at Grand Valley State in 1966 and joined the physical education faculty, where she eventually made a significant impact on all of Laker athletics. Boand was a pioneer of women’s sports at Grand Valley, developing the women’s softball, basketball, and volleyball programs within her first six years on staff. Her innovation of the programs and policies at GVSU for nearly three decades helped implement the successful athletic program the Lakers have today.
Boand established the volleyball program in 1969 and was the first head volleyball coach in Grand Valley State history. She holds an all-time record of 545-332 (.621) in her tenure as head coach. Within the 26 years as head coach, Boand won GLIAC Coach of the Year twice in both 1985 and 1986 and was named Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 1986. She won six total GLIAC Championships, and was ranked 20th in Division II history for career victories. Boand holds the school record of 42 wins in 1986. She completed her successful coaching tenure with four 30-plus-win seasons, and sixteen 20-plus-win seasons, recording a winning season in 23 of her 26 years.
Just one year after she kick started the volleyball program, Boand formed the first women’s basketball team in 1970. She was the first head women’s basketball coach in Grand Valley State history. She holds an all-time record of 132-48 (.733) in her tenure as head coach from 1970 to 1978. In her nine seasons at the helm Boand won five straight GLIAC titles (1975-1979). She coached GVSU’s first women’s basketball All-American, Kim Hansen, who was joined in the Laker Hall of Fame by three-sport standout Pat Baker Gryzb, also a protégé of Boand.
After the enactment of Title IX in 1971, Boand founded the women’s softball program. She was the first head women’s softball coach in Grand Valley State history. She holds an all-time record of 69-16 from her five-year tenure (1971-75) as head coach.
On top of her accomplishments within women’s athletics, Boand served for many years on conference, state and regional committees and in a variety of capacities with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). She also served as the compliance liaison between GVSU and the NCAA, ensuring that eligibility requirements and association standards were properly met.
Boand acquired two more positions at GVSU before retirement. She was named the women’s athletic coordinator in 1976, and was promoted to assistant athletic director in 1989. Two years later, Boand earned her 700th coaching victory while coaching women’s volleyball.
After spending 33 years serving Grand Valley State and women’s athletics, Boand retired in 1999. She finished her 25-year coaching career with more than 700 total wins and 10 GLIAC championships. Without Boand’s advocacy for women’s athletics at Grand Valley, the athletic program would certainly not hold as many accolades as it does today.
Kaye HartKaye Hart,
Dr. E. Kaye Hart (NACWAA President 1989-1991) now retired, during her pioneering career opened countless doors to women in athletics. In 1965, Hart graduated as the Outstanding Woman Physical Education Major from Utah State University. She began her career in intercollegiate athletics at Southern Utah University as the Athletic Director of Women's Sports.
In 1969, Hart moved to Midwestern College where she was the Assistant Athletic Director and Head Women's Basketball Coach. While at Midwestern, Hart coached three AAU All-Americans and awarded scholarships to female student-athletes. This groundbreaking endeavor led to the creation of the first AIAW athletic scholarships for women. An advocate for gender equity in sport, Hart's leadership and drive contributed to the passage of Title IX in 1972. Hart then spent time at New Mexico State University, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and Temple University.
In 1982, Hart joined Utah State University as the Associate Athletic Director of Internal Operations. She served as the Acting Athletic Director at Utah State in 1985. In 1993, she was hired as the Director of Athletics at Austin Peay State University, where she served until her retirement in 1997.
Hart has served the intercollegiate athletics community through her extensive work with the NCAA including work on the Special Committee on Financial Conditions in Intercollegiate Athletics, Women's Basketball Committee, and Peer Review Team. She has also served as a consultant for Legal Advocates for Women's Sports and has presented before the Knight Foundation. Among her many honors, Hart has been cited in "Outstanding Women in Health, Physical Education & Recreation" and "Who's Who in the West.
Sallie BeardSallie Beard,
Sallie Beard served Missouri Southern State University as both coach and Athletics Director for 37 years before her retirement in 2009. She almost single-handedly created women’s athletics at Missouri Southern when she started the first women’s sports teams, serving as head coach of basketball, softball, tennis, and track and field. For 25 years, she was the Women’s Athletics Director. In 2001, she was named the first Athletics Director to oversee both the men’s and women’s athletic programs at MSSU. She is the only female to have served as an Athletics Director in the history of the MIAA.
Always one to lead by example, Beard served on numerous NCAA Division II committees: Degree Completion, Convention and Planning, Identity, Nominating and Voting, and Athlete Reinstatement. She served on the association-wide NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, developing Title IX interpretive language for the Office of Civil Rights during the Clinton administration. From 2005 to 2009 she was a member of the Division II Management Council. Beard has also been a leader in the MIAA, serving as vice president before her election in 1999 to a two-year term as Conference President, the first athletics director to be chosen for that position.
Beard helped usher in a new era in MSSU Athletics when the university moved from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and the MIAA in 1989. She oversaw significant facility improvements at Southern, most notably the Lionpride Restoration Project, adding new turf, lighting, and track and field surfaces to Fred G. Hughes Stadium; the construction of the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (a basketball and indoor track facility); and the Lea Kungle and Gene Wild softball fields. Missouri Southern consistently ranked among the best academically in the MIAA. Under Beard’s leadership, athletes recorded an Academic Success Rate of 87 percent, a full 36 percent higher than the general student population at MSSU.
During her stint as track and field coach, Beard was twice named NAIA District 16 Coach of the Year, including the 1983 season when she led Southern to the district outdoor title. At the 1981 World University Games in Romania, she was an assistant coach for the U.S. team that included such notables as Edwin Moses, Carl Lewis and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. She was a coach for the North squad at the 1983 National Sports Festival and from 1979 to 1983 was on the games committees for the NAIA Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
After her retirement, Beard’s administrative skills were once again called into action. Following the 2011 tornado that struck Joplin, she became deeply involved in the rebuilding effort, organizing housing for the many volunteers who came to her city.
Linda MoultonLinda Moulton,
In 2011, Linda Moulton retired as Clark University’s first female Director of Athletics and Recreation, a position she held for 24 years. Since retiring, she has maintained her involvement in collegiate athletics as an independent consultant specializing in external reviews of Division III athletic departments as well as conferences. Thus far, she has worked with the North Atlantic Conference (NAC), Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC), and Wheelock College.
During her tenure in athletic administration, Moulton was highly respected among Division III colleagues. She served on NACWAA’s Board of Directors (1987-1994) along with NCAA leadership positions including: Division III Management Council, Steering Committee, Restructuring Task Force, Nominating Committee, and the Committee on Women’s Athletics, among others. In addition to serving on numerous committees at the state, regional, and national level, from 2001-2003 she was president of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference.
In 1986, Moulton was a founding member of the Haverford Group, an affiliation of 26 academically selective and geographically diverse Division III institutions bonded by philosophical compatibility. She was sought as a visiting consultant for nearly 20 Division III athletic departments across the country.
Moulton was responsible for Clark’s entrance into athletic conference play in 1993. The former independent institution joined both the Constitution Athletic Conference (men) and New England Women’s Eight Conference (women). Moulton then was a leading member of the NEW 8 when it invited several CAC schools to join and became the NEWMAC.
On campus, Moulton established Friends of Clark Athletics as well as the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Athletic Board, and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Under her guidance, the athletic department saw growth and improvement in several areas. The number of full-time head coaches increased, as the number of programs with part-time coaches decreased. In Moulton’s last five years at Clark, varsity participation increased 21% for men and 18% for women. Student-athletes were among the university’s academic and community leaders, as 35% earned all-academic honors and 65% volunteered for community service projects. From 1987-2011, Clark’s intramural program grew 45%, while the recreation and wellness programs significantly increased their levels of involvement.
An Illinois native, Moulton received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Eastern Illinois University, where she was a four-year athlete, competing in badminton, basketball, field hockey, softball, and tennis. She later earned a master of education in athletic administration and curriculum from Northeastern University.
Moulton spent her entire career in physical education and athletics as a teacher, coach, and administrator. She initially focused on teaching and coaching multiple sports at the elementary and prep school levels, which she did for more than a decade. After a stint as assistant women’s basketball coach at Harvard University, Moulton moved into collegiate athletics full-time and held administrative positions at Wellesley College, Smith College, and the College of William and Mary.
Moulton has received several professional honors, including a Lifetime Achievement Alumni Award from Eastern Illinois University last year. Additional accolades include NACWAA’s Jostens District I Administrator of the Year Award and the Jeanne Rowlands Merit Award for outstanding service, given by the Massachusetts Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW).
Pam Gill-FisherPam Gill-Fisher,
Pam Gill-Fisher is Supervisor of Physical Education, Emeritus of the UC Davis faculty and the former Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of California, Davis. A two-time member of the Cal Aggie Athletic Hall of Fame, she has served the university as a player, coach, faculty member and administrator. Her involvement at UC Davis spanned 5 decades.
Gill-Fisher was especially instrumental in the continued growth of women's athletics on campus. During her tenure, UC Davis won two Sports Illustrated awards for the best NCAA Division II program for women and five NCAA women's championships. Gill-Fisher helped capture one of those titles, coaching the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship. She served on many NCAA committees including the Division II Management Council. Additionally she served as the chair of the campus Academic Federation, which represents non-senate faculty members on campus. She was awarded the Federation’s highest honor, the James Meyer Award, for service and contributions to the campus.
She coached volleyball, basketball and tennis during her career at UC Davis and earned numerous coaching awards with winning records in all three sports. As an administrator she supervised eight sports in addition to supervising athletic training, compliance, academic advising, and financial aid. Gill-Fisher has received several honors for her outstanding service, including being named in 1994 and 2001 as the NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. She also served on the Board of Directors and as President of the organization from 2000-2004.
During her career, she served for 20 years on the UC Davis Title IX Committee and wrote many of the policies currently used for compliance. Additionally, she was an invited speaker at several NCAA Gender Equity Conferences, the AAUW, Soroptomist, Rotary and numerous other universities to address Title IX.
Gill-Fisher earned her undergraduate degree in physical education and her master’s degree in sports psychology from UC Davis, before doing additional graduate work in sports administration at Penn State University. She also has a master's in counseling psychology from National University as well as a California Lifetime Teaching Credential from UC Davis.
Sharon TaylorSharon Taylor,
Sharon E. Taylor served as Director of Athletics at Lock Haven University from 1988 to 2012; she served as the interim director in 1987-88. Taylor was responsible for coordinating and directing LHU’s 18 intercollegiate sports. The majority of Bald Eagle and Lady Eagle teams compete at the NCAA Division II level, with the exception of the Field Hockey and Wrestling programs, which compete at the Division I level.
The former women’s field hockey coach at LHU, Taylor earned an impressive 333-96-27 record at the helm of the Lady Eagles from 1973-95, making her the winningest coach in Lock Haven University history. Only the second field hockey coach in LHU’s first 50 years of the sport, Taylor guided The Haven to six national championships (one AIAW and five NCAA), seven Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference titles and seven additional national championship or semi-final appearances. In 1995, in her final season as head coach, Taylor led the Lady Eagles to a perfect 21-0 record and her final PSAC and NCAA Division II crowns. In addition, her 1979 lacrosse team won the first Division II National Championship sponsored by the United States Women’s Lacrosse Association (USWLA).
Organizationally, Taylor was President of the United States Field Hockey Association (USFHA), the National Governing Body for the sport in Olympic and Pan American competition, from 2001 through 2006 when a structural reorganization eliminated the position of president. From 1987 through 2000 she represented USA Field Hockey on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Taylor has served as President of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the Eastern Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (EAIAW), and as Vice President for Division III of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW). Additional administrative experiences include terms as President and Vice President of the College Field Hockey Coaches Association, a member of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse and Field Hockey Committees, a U.S. Delegate to the International Federation of Women’s Hockey Associations (IFWHA) and the Federation Internationale de Hockey (FIH), and as a consultant to the President’s Commission on Olympic Sport. Due to positions held, she served on numerous committees in the NCAA and the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Among Taylor’s many contributions to the field of athletics, she is responsible for having conceived and initiated the idea for a collegiate championship in the sport of field hockey. Working first within the USFHA and later in conjunction with the AIAW, she guided the origination and development of the championship which was the forerunner of today’s NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
A tireless advocate for issues of civil rights and fairness in society, Taylor has worked to expand opportunities for girls and women in education, generally, and in sport and athletics competition, specifically, since the advent of the passage of Title IX in 1972. From the early days of the struggle in Congress to keep the statute strong, through all efforts to weaken or roll-back its coverage, Taylor has supported the expansion of opportunity for women without diminishing programs that serve men. She is recognized nationally as one of the pioneers for athletics equality and a continuing source of commitment to the promise of Title IX.
Taylor has been honored by numerous organizations for contributions to sport, to equity, and to her profession of intercollegiate athletics.
Betty F. JaynesBetty F. Jaynes,
For more than 35 years, Jaynes has been a leading figure nationally in the sport of women's basketball. Named the WBCA’s first executive director in September 1981 (her title was changed to CEO in September 1996), Jaynes’ tireless efforts saw the association grow from 212 members in its initial year of existence to more than 3,000 at the time of her retirement as CEO in November 2001.
Under Jaynes’ leadership, the WBCA established itself as a leading resource, voice and advocate for women’s and girls’ basketball at every level. She remains active with the WBCA, working as a consultant to the organization and current CEO Beth Bass, while handling advisory assignments including finances, programming, advocacy and special projects.
Jaynes’ commitment to and national involvement in the development and growth of women’s basketball began long before her employment as WBCA executive director. While serving as head women’s basketball coach at Madison College (now James Madison University), Jaynes chaired the U.S. Girls’ and Women’s Basketball Rules Committee from 1979 to 1981. She also acted as tournament director for the 1975 AIAW Large College National Basketball Championships, which boasted the first-ever championship game sellout in the modern era of women’s college basketball.
That event also featured the selection and recognition of the inaugural Kodak Coaches’ All-America women’s basketball team. Jaynes then took that program under her wing, serving as chair of its selection committee from 1976 through 1982, after which the Kodak Coaches’ All-America program became a part of the WBCA family. Although no longer sponsored by Kodak, the program remains the most prestigious and storied All-America award in women’s basketball.
In her role as WBCA executive director/CEO, Jaynes served on a variety of national boards, including the Center for the Study of Sport in Society National Advisory Committee; the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Women’s Screening Committee; the USA Basketball Board of Directors; the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors; and the Women’s Sports Foundation Board of Trustees. She also coordinated volunteers working the basketball competitions in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games.
Jaynes is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from national organizations, including the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport Honors Award (1991), the NACDA Honors Award (1995), and the Women’s Sports Foundation President’s Award (1997). She has been inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2000) and the NACDA Hall of Fame (2006). In 2006, the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame honored Jaynes with its John Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the highest honor the Basketball Hall of Fame can present to an individual short of actual induction.
Jaynes also is a member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (2007) and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (2008).
Donna OlsonDonna Olson,
During four years at the University of Idaho, Olson participated in the few sports offered including field hockey, served as President of the WRA, and was a member of I Club. Olson received her master’s from Washington State University and began what was to be 40 years at the collegiate level in coaching and athletic administration (1971 - 2001). This era generally was a time of change, opportunity, discrimination, bitterness, recognition, and a quest for equality. Throughout it all, Olson maintained a sense of optimism and a pursuit of possibilities.
Olson spent 14 years at Montclair State College, where she founded the Dial Classic Basketball Tournaments, the Adidas Summer Basketball League, and served as the administrator for the Montclair women’s basketball team, which participated in the inaugural women’s basketball doubleheader at Madison Square Garden and culminated in the 1978 AIAW Final Four. She was an officer in the EAIAW and one of the founders of both the NJAIAW and Cosmopolitan Basketball Conferences, serving as president of both.
Olson moved on to the University of Minnesota to serve as Sr. Associate Athletics Director and as an integral part a very successful women’s athletics department. She also served as tournament manager for six NCAA national championships and many Big Ten Championships. She was closely involved with the planning and completion of six athletics facilities, three of which were designed exclusively for female student athletes. She served as a member of the NCAA Olympic Liaison Committee and the Big Ten Conference Sports Governing Committee. Olson is most proud of the fact that Minnesota added 110 opportunities for female athletes with the addition of soccer, rowing, and ice hockey during her tenure.
Olson enhanced her experiences in sport by serving a six month assignment as Basketball Competition Manager for the Atlanta Organizing Committee of the 1996 Olympic Games, giving her the responsibility of the game management of no less than 92 basketball games.
During her 40 years of working in intercollegiate athletics, Olson received the New Jersey NAGWS Honor Award, the Minnesota Pioneer in Women’s Sports Award, Minnesota’s Breaking Barrier Award and was inducted into the Montclair State Athletics Hall of Fame.
Olson describes her career in women’s athletics as exciting, challenging, and rewarding. She often says “dedicating one’s career in working for opportunities and fairness for girls and women in sport is the next best thing to having had the opportunity!”
Margie McDonaldMargie McDonald,
Margie Hunt McDonald is currently the color analyst for radio broadcasts of the University of Wyoming women’s basketball games.
Following a nine year coaching career at the University of Wyoming, she entered athletics administration, first as the commissioner of the High Country Athletic Conference headquartered in Laramie, then as the Deputy Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) with offices in Denver from 1990-1999. Retiring from the WAC, she returned to Laramie and was hired as Coordinator of Women’s Basketball Officials with the Mountain West Conference from 1999-2005. When asked to do the color for the Cowgirls, she retired from full time position and became the Cowgirls’ color analyst.
McDonald’s coaching career included a 9-year stint as the head women’s basketball coach at the University of Wyoming, where she compiled a record of 121-114. She was named the conference coach of the year in 1979 and was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002 and her 1978-79 team was also inducted in 2008.
McDonald’s responsibilities in the WAC office were far-reaching. She was Director of Championships, Director of Personnel and Human Resources, Senior Woman Administrator, director of Conference NCAA Governance Structure and the staff liaison to the Conference Council, Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and all coaches groups.
McDonald has served on the NCAA Division I Championships Cabinet and the Committee on Basketball Issues. She also served on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee (1992-98), Nominating Committee (1988-91) and the Women’s Committee on Committees during her career.
As the coordinator of women’s basketball officials of the Mountain West Conference, McDonald was responsible for recruiting, training, and assigning referees for both non-conference and conference games at the nine member institutions.
A 1964 graduate of Wayland Baptist College, McDonald earned All-America honors and was a member of the USA women’s basketball team that participated in the Women’s World Tournament in Lima, Peru, in 1964. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wayland in mathematics and biology and master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Wyoming in 1989. She and her husband, Dr. Lyman McDonald, have three children and nine grandchildren.
Chris VoelzChris Voelz,
From the time Chris Voelz was a four-sport student-athlete at Illinois State University, she has been a leader. During her successful high school teaching and coaching years, she helped to found the Illinois Girls Coaches Association, served on the AIAW Scholarship committee representing the nation’s high school coaches and authored Motivation in Coaching Team Sports. After leaving Illinois, she served as President of the AVCA and volleyball coach at the University of Oregon. In her role as Senior Associate with the Ducks, she was instrumental in the integration of women into the Pac-12 (then Pac 10). Voelz also served as President of NACWAA and was selected to the NCAA Gender Equity Task Force, where she was an author of the definition of “gender equity” for intercollegiate athletics and NCAA use.
While at Oregon, she was instrumental in hosting three national championships and led the women’s sports to a #14 overall national ranking. Her expertise in fundraising at the University of Minnesota secured record donations, contributing to the building of eight facilities, the endowment of 28 scholarships, and addition of soccer, rowing and ice hockey teams. She hosted six national championships during her tenure, setting attendance records in most of them. Voelz is most proud of fostering an educationally-framed and value-driven department where student-athletes set academic records for GPA and graduation rates.
Voelz has been inducted into three Halls of Fame; Sports Fitness Magazine named her one of the most influential people in sports in the nation; and The Star Tribune of Minnesota named Voelz #22 of the 100 Most Important Sports Figures of the Century. Included in her numerous awards are NACWAA Lifetime Achiever and Administrator of the Year; the Governor’s Award for Leadership; NAGWS National Leadership Award; Minnesota Pathfinder Award; Building Bridges, Flame of Courage and Founding Feminist awards.
Since leaving the University of Minnesota in 2002, she continues her lifework as an active speaker and consultant, and serves as Leadership Gift Officer and ambassador for Billie Jean King’s Women’s Sports Foundation.
Judy SweetJudy Sweet,
Judy Sweet was Director of Athletics at the University of California, San Diego from 1975-1999, and one of the first women in the nation selected to direct a combined men's and women's athletics program. During that time, UCSD athletics teams won 26 NCAA National Championships and received the NACDA Directors Cup in 1998 for being the most successful athletics program in NCAA Division III.
Judy was elected to a two-year term as President of the NCAA in January 1991 and was Secretary-Treasurer of the NCAA from 1989 to 1991, becoming the first woman to serve in each of those positions. She was Division III Vice President, the presiding officer of that division, from 1986-88. In 2001, following her retirement from UC-San Diego, Sweet joined the NCAA as Vice President for Championships and Senior Woman Administrator in January 2001 and was promoted to Senior Vice President for Championships and Education Services in 2003. Judy retired from the NCAA in September 2006 and now does consulting work nationally for universities and organizations and serves as co-director of the Alliance of Women Coaches.
Judy is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and earned a master’s degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from National University, San Diego. Prior to her appointment at UC San Diego in 1973, she taught and coached at the University of Arizona and Tulane University.
Judy has served on various local, state, and national committees, including the Board of Directors of NACWAA (serving as president 2000-01) and NACDA, and the Board of Trustees for The United States Sports Academy. She was a member of the United States Olympic Committee's Task Force on Minorities and serves on the Board of Trustees of National University. Her many honors include the W. S. Bailey Award as the nation's distinguished athletic administrator; the 1993 California State Senate District 39 Woman of the Year; and the Big Ten Conference Centennial Award. In 2006, Judy was named the first NACWAA Legacy Honoree and in 2007 she was named by the Institute for International Sport as one of the 100 Most Influential Sports Educators in America. In 2009 Judy was inducted into the State of Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame and in 2011 she was inducted into the University of Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame.
Established in her honor, the NACWAA Judith M. Sweet Commitment Award recognizes annually a mid-level athletics administrator who is committed to providing high-level leadership and guidance within intercollegiate athletics.
Louise O'NealLouise O'Neal,
Louise O'Neal retired from a successful career in 2006 after more than four decades as a college professor, coach and athletics administrator at Southern Connecticut State University, Yale University, Dartmouth College and Wellesley College.
O’Neal was one of the coaching pioneers who paved the way for women’s college basketball. She coached a nationally successful basketball team at Southern Connecticut State from 1962-1976. Her teams qualified for eight straight national collegiate championships and reached the Final Four four times. She also coached Yale’s team, taking it from a previous best finish of fifth place to the Ivy Championship in three years and qualifying for postseason competition. Her last coaching role was for the U.S. National Team, winning the Gold Medal at the 1979 International Tournament. She was inducted into the Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988 and New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. In 2004, the WBCA named O’Neal the recipient of its Jostens-Berenson Service Award, recognizing her lifelong commitment of service to college women’s basketball.
In 1997, O’Neal was elected to the NCAA Management Council. She served on the Championship, Long Range Strategic Planning, Nominating, Women's Basketball Rules and Division III Women’s Golf committees. Former President of the EAIAW, O’Neal served as Commissioner of the AIAW Division I Championships and as chair and member of the National Women’s Basketball Committee. She also served on the NACDA Executive Board and the Sears Cup Selection Committee from 1994-98.
O’Neal, a resident of Wellesley, Mass., and native of Fort Worth, Texas, received her B.S. degree from North Texas State University and her M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Institute for Educational Management and the Institute for Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr.
Nan NicholsNan Nichols,
Nan Nichols served as Director of Women’s Athletics at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, from 1974 to 1995. During her tenure as Director of Women’s Athletics, Nichols built a broad-based varsity women’s athletics program at Wooster, developing six women’s teams in less than a decade. At the time of her retirement in 1995 a total of 12 varsity women’s athletic programs were in place. In addition to her administrative role, Nichols also served as the head women’s basketball coach where she took two teams to the national championship, as well as the head women’s swimming and diving coach where she led the Scots to a remarkable 70-8 dual meet record. Off the court and outside the pool, she was also a dedicated Physical Education teacher.
Nichols served as chairperson for the Midwest Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) and the Ohio Association of Intercollegiate Sports for Women (OAISW). She was a key player in the establishment of the Centennial Conference and the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) in 1984, helping to establish the NCAC as a conference with equal vote on all issues for women and men.
Nichols graduated from Butler University in 1961, and then went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Bowling Green State University in 1965.
Andi SegerAndi Seger, Ball State University
Andi Seger began her 27-year career in intercollegiate athletics in 1975 at Ball State University as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Athletics Trainer. In 1983, Seger was named Ball State’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women under the school’s split department system. In 1995, after a 12-year tenure heading the women’s athletics program, the university combined its men’s and women’s programs and selected Seger as the first-ever Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Seger’s appointment in 1995 made her one of only four women in the country to oversee a combined men’s and women’s NCAA Division I-A intercollegiate athletics program.
She served for eight years on the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification and four years on the NCAA Division I Management Council.
Seger joined Alden & Associates, Inc. in 2005 as search counsel within Alden & Associates’ executive search practice in addition to her focus on consulting, feasibility studies, Title IX reviews, compliance reviews, and strategic planning.
Dr. Mildred BarnesDr. Mildred Barnes, Central Missouri State University
Dr. Mildred Barnes, who coached the Jennies for nine seasons (1971-80), is credited with laying the foundation that helped make the Jennies' basketball program one of the best in the nation. She never had a losing season in her nine-year career, compiling a 156-63 record and winning two AIAW state championships. Barnes retired from Central Missouri in 1991 as professor emeritus of physical education, following 22 years of service to the university.
Highly respected in women's basketball circles nationwide, Barnes became the first woman to serve on the board of trustees of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (1977-86) and was the only woman out of 50 trustees until the late 1980’s.
She wrote the first book on five-player women's basketball, served on the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Committee as the chair and was instrumental in bringing the first U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team to Warrensburg to train prior to the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.
In addition to the Central Missouri Hall of Fame, she is in four others including the Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame (1994), the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame (2005), the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (2000), and the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame (1978) where she was the first woman ever inducted.
As an athlete, she was a member of the U.S. National Lacrosse team and competed nationally in field hockey, tennis, and badminton. She was drafted by the women’s professional baseball league and was on the All-American Lacrosse Team 12 years in a row. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University, and her master’s and doctorate degrees from Surgent University.
Jody ConradtJody Conradt, University of Texas
Jody Conradt grew from roots nurtured by the values of the small town of Goldthwaite, TX, to become one of the giants of women's college basketball and athletics administration. As only the second woman ever inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998, she was not only a pioneer, but a durable and dynamic leader who gave credibility and stature to her sport during 31 years as head coach at The University of Texas (UT).
Her 1985-86 team finished an unbeaten season as NCAA Champions, and 99 percent of her letter winners went on to earn their college degrees. In 38 years as a head college coach (UT, 1976-2007; UT Arlington, 1973-76; and Sam Houston State, 1969-73) and in a dual role at UT as women's athletics director (1992-2001), Conradt earned her reputation as a change agent, a willing, witty, classy ambassador, and a passionate leader for women's opportunities in sports and education.
Her teams won 900 games, making Conradt the second all-time winningest coach in collegiate men's and women's basketball history when she retired following the 2006-07 season. Conradt continues to work part-time at UT as a special assistant to the women's athletics director in a fundraising and public relations capacity.
Marcia SaneholtzMarcia Saneholtz, Washington State University
Marcia Saneholtz spent the entirety of her 28-year career in intercollegiate athletics at Washington State University (WSU). Saneholtz retired from her position as Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator in 2007.
Saneholtz supervised and mentored many nationally successful coaches at WSU while aiding in the athletics department’s rise to national prominence.
Saneholtz has participated and been a national leader in the NCAA both for specific sports, and also on the Committee on Women’s Athletics and the Committee on Athletics Certification.
Her tireless work on Title IX and the promotion of women in athletics has made her a respected national figure. Saneholtz received the NACWAA Administrator of the Year Award in 1997 and served as NACWAA President from 1992-1993.
Dr. Donnis ThompsonDr. Donnis Thompson, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Dr. Donnis Thompson served as the Women’s Athletics Director for the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1972-1981, pioneering the commencement and tremendous growth of women’s intercollegiate athletics in Hawaii.
As a part-time employee and a professor, Thompson implemented her “vision of excellence,” and the program began with two sports, one scholarship and a budget of $5,000. Leveraging the 1976 Title IX mandate, Thompson quickly and effectively sought and received an additional $60,000 from Hawaii Legislation, permitting an increased sponsorship of seven sports for female student athletes. Also, in 1976, Thompson spearheaded a committee that brought in women’s volleyball powerhouse UCLA and sold out Hawaii’s Neil Blaisdell Center with a crowd of 7,813.
Working along the mantra of “anything worth having is worth having now,” women’s athletics at the University of Hawaii erupted and established its place on the national scene. Thompson led the Wahine Athletic Department at the University of Hawaii until 1981, when she took a leave of absence to lead the Hawaii Department of Education as the state’s first female Superintendent of Education. In only three years as the head of Hawaii state education, Dr. Thompson authored a 10-year improvement plan for the state, titled “A Vision of Excellence”; implemented early provisions for school success for kindergartners who exceeded national standards; obtained a federal grant for a bilingual multicultural center for Hawaiian and American-Samoan students; and teamed up Hawaiian hotels with local high schools and established relationships with IBM to promote computer literacy and curriculum development.
Dr. Leanne Grotke-AndreasDr. Leanne Grotke-Andreas, California State University, Fullerton
Dr. Leanne Grotke-Andreasserved as Director of Athletics for Women and then as Associate Director of Athletics at California State University Fullerton when the men’s and women’s programs were combined. She served in the aforementioned positions from 1978-1991.
While at California State University Fullerton, Grotke-Andreas served on the Executive Administrative Committee of Athletics Department; supervised coaches of men’s and women’s athletic teams; administered Athletics Department championship competitions, fund raisers and special events; coordinated the hiring of all Athletics Department personnel; administered the athletics grant-in-aid program for all teams; and represented the Athletics Department in the Big West Conference and the NCAA.
Dr. Tina Sloan GreenDr. Tina Sloan Green, Temple University
Dr. Tina Sloan Green is Co-founder and President of the Black Women in Sport Foundation. She is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at Temple University. During her 32 years at Temple University, she was co-principal investigator of Sisters in Sports Science, a National Science Foundation funded program. She was also director of the Temple University National Youth Sports Program.
The first African-American head coach in the history of women's intercollegiate lacrosse, Sloan Green was head coach of the Temple University Women's Lacrosse Team from 1973-1992. During that time she amassed a 207-62-4 career coaching record with a .758 career winning percentage. She led the Owls to three National Championships and 11consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances.
Sloan Green has co-authored two books, Black Women in Sport and Modern Women's Lacrosse, and has written chapters in the books Racism in College Athletics and Basketball Jones. She was inducted into the Halls of Fame at Temple and West Chester Universities, as well as the Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Women's Sport Foundation Hall of Fame. Sloan Green competed on the U.S.A Women's Lacrosse Team (1969-1973) and the U.S. Women's Field Hockey Squad (1966).
J. Elaine HieberJ. Elaine Hieber, Iowa State University
J. Elaine Hieber was named Iowa State University’s Assistant Director of Athletics in 1979 and then promoted to Associate Athletics Director in 1990. She served as Interim Athletic Director from August-October 2000. As Senior Associate Athletic Director, her responsibilities include internal operations, overseeing student services, compliance, media relations and human resources. As Senior Woman Administrator, Hieber represented the department at various Big 12 conferences and NCAA meetings.
Hieber was honored by Iowa State University with the 2001 Presidential Service Award that recognizes a faculty or staff member who performs exemplary service that benefits Iowa State. Hieber also received the 1992 Carrie Chapman Catt Award for Gender Equity. Hieber chaired the University Committee on Women from 1989-91. She was a member of the Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Council from 1982-87, serving as president during the 1986-87 academic year; and she received the Iowa State University Professional and Scientific Excellence Award in 1990.
Hieber served as chairperson of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee for eight years, was a member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee for six years and served on the NCAA Basketball Marketing Committee. Hieber has been selected as a peer reviewer for NCAA Division I certification and was a recipient of the Governor’s Volunteer Award for a regents institution in 1994. In 2001, NACWAA also honored Hieber as the recipient of the Division I-A Administrator of the Year Award. In addition to the above mentioned awards, Hieber has served on the executive board of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and was a member of the Governor’s Council on Sport and Physical Fitness.
Barbara Jo PalmerBarbara Jo Palmer, Florida State University
Barbara Jo Palmer, a pioneer in the development of programs for female athletes, has been nationally recognized for her efforts to establish equity in sports for women.
A native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Palmer came to Florida State University in 1970 where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
In 1977, Palmer became Florida State University’s Director of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics. Under the leadership of Palmer, Florida State University women have won five national championships and 226 All-American awards.
Her lobbying work on Title IX, a 1972 federal mandate to ensure equitable treatment of girls and women in school athletic programs, entitled her to be admitted into Florida’s Women’s Hall of Fame in 1982.
Dr. Carla LowryDr. Carla Lowry, Southwestern University
Dr. Carla Lowry was a leader among women athletes, women coaches and women administrators. Although many women’s teams had to find their own way, those led by Lowry were certain to not get lost.
As an athlete, Lowry won two National Championships while she attended Wayland Baptist College and was a member of the famous Hutcherson Flying Queens team, which competed all over the country. She competed in the 1959 Pan American Games and represented the United States while competing in Russia and Sweden. For her athletic accomplishments, she was recognized as an All-American in 1961, inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Wayland Baptist University Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.
Upon completing her athletic playing career, she chose to continue her education at Texas Woman’s University, earning her master’s degree and Ph.D. For the next 20 years, Lowry taught and coached in several Texas universities and high schools. As an educator, Lowry was on the faculty of four different universities and a visiting lecturer at three universities. Whether it was the local country club or as a member of the NAIA Executive Committee, Lowry was a pioneer fighting the equality battle for women athletes.
Lowry may have shown her wisdom early on as a college administrator when she hired Coach Jody Conradt for a coaching job at the University of Texas, Arlington. Her wisdom and foresight continued as she was named the Chair of the Kinesiology Department, the Director of Athletics for both the men’s and women’s teams, and Associate Dean of Students at Southwestern University in 1984. Lowry was one of the very few women athletics administrators to run both a men’s and women’s athletic program in the state of Texas; she was a tremendous role model and leader for other women.
Dr. Phebe ScottDr. Phebe Scott, Illinois State University
Dr. Phebe M. Scott came to Illinois State University in 1966 from various positions including Bradley University, the University of North Dakota and The Ohio State University. Not only did she provide mentorship to faculty and students as Chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education for Women, she served as Acting Chair of the combined Men’s and Women’s Departments from 1973 to 1976.
Scott was one of the founding Commissioners of the first National Intercollegiate Basketball Championship for Women in 1972. Illinois State University’s women’s department hosted the championship under the guidelines of the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women.
A member of the Illinois State University Athletic Hall of Fame, Scott has held numerous leadership positions in various professional organizations, is the author of Track and Field for Girls and Women, and is a widely sought-after speaker.
Scott dedicated her efforts to the ‘60s and ‘70s movement for girls and women to compete nationally and internationally in well-coached, well-funded and well-supported programs.
Among other initiatives, Scott started the Dr. Phebe M. Scott Endowment Fund for Professional Development for Women in the School of Kinesiology and Recreation and the Health Education Program. The Endowment provides financial support for women faculty members and women graduate students.
When reflecting back on her career, Scott said: “I had a good run at Illinois State University, and I thought I could give something back to the University that has so enriched my life. I’ve always been interested in women’s opportunities, or lack thereof, and I thought that a gift that supports women in their academic studies might do something to help equalize their opportunities.”
Joanna DavenportJoanna Davenport, Auburn University
Dr. Joanna Davenport, a woman’s sports history scholar and former member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, was an associate professor and professor for 20 years at Auburn University, where she taught sports history and served as Women’s Athletic Director from 1976 until 1987.
She was the first visiting professor for physical education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Education Council. Davenport received a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, a master’s degree from Smith College in Northampton, and a doctorate from The Ohio State University.
Davenport was passionate about sports history, particularly tennis, the modern Olympic Games, and the role of women in sports. She published numerous articles, book chapters, and reviews over the years and was working on a book about sports pioneer Eleanora R. Sears before she passed away.
Davenport was a member and leader in many organizations, including the National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education; the International Society of Olympic Historians; the North American Society for Sport History; the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance; the Women’s Sports Foundation; the National Association for Sports and Physical Education; and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports where she was past President.
She was an ardent tennis player and also remained involved with her alma mater, acting as Skidmore College Alumni class secretary for 37 years.
Sandra ShulerSandra Shuler, North Carolina Central University
Sandra Shuler coordinated women’s athletics at North Carolina Central University(NNCU) from 1974 to 1980. During her administrative career, Shuler held titles and positions that included Director of Women’s Athletic Association, 1966-74; CIAA Vice-President Women’s Coordinator, 1988-91; and President of the Volleyball Coaches Association, 1981-92. She served on several NCAA Committees, including the NCAA Special Subcommittee on Opportunities for Minorities.
Shuler pioneered the championship format for the CIAA Volleyball and in 1973 coordinated NCCU’S transition from Women’s Athletics Association to intercollegiate athletics. While teaching physical education at NCCU, Shuler became the volleyball coach and recruited women on campus because there were no scholarships for women at that time. Her career record as Head Volleyball Coach includes 287 wins and 140 losses, including seven-time conference championship runner-up to Saint Augustine’s College.
Aside from volleyball, in 1966 Shuler organized and coached the first NCCU intercollegiate softball team. In her time of coaching and administrating, Shuler authored: Policies and Procedures for Coaches of Women’s Sports, followed by Policies and Procedures for Coaches of Men’s Sports in 1980 as well as the History of NCCU’s Physical Education and Recreation Department from 1937-1985.
According to Ingrid Wicker-McCree of NCCU, “Shuler’s a magnificent woman, a pioneer. She had ideas back in the early ‘70s when Title IX was starting to be in the forefront. She just pushed the buttons and made it possible for women at our school and in all sports.”
Dr. Katherine Saunders-NordeenDr. Katherine Saunders-Nordeen, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Katherine “Kit” Saunders-Nordeen has been an advocate of girls and women’s athletics all of her life. A native of Teaneck, N.J., Saundersearned her Bachelor’s degree in physical education at Trenton State College in Trenton, N.J.
The University of Wisconsin recruited Saundersin 1964, where she worked as a teaching assistant in physical education while earning her master’s degree in the same field. After receiving her degree in 1966, Saundersserved as a lecturer and instructor in physical education while also coaching the women’s tennis club team.
Her career as an administrator began in 1966, as the coordinator of the Women’s Recreation Association, the recreation and competitive sports program for women. Saunderswas instrumental in the growth of women’s sports at the University of Wisconsin, becoming the first Athletics Director for Women in 1974. Supervising 12 sports program and an $118,000 budget, she oversaw the transition of Wisconsin’s sports from the recreation level to intercollegiate status.
In 1983 she was named Associate Athletics Director for Men and Women, supervising 22 sports. She resumed her role as the primary woman administrator in 1989 until retirement in 1990.
Other honors include working with the Wisconsin Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and serving as its President in 1978-79. Saunderswas the commissioner of the Midwest Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women from 1974-77 and was the first vice-president of AIAW. She is a member of the UW Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Never one to sit still, Saunderscurrently works part-time as a ski instructor at Tyrol Basin in Mt. Horeb.
Jane BettsJane Betts, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jane Betts spent her entire career in education and sports, including secondary, collegiate, and Olympic levels. Jane earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education at Franklin College and her master’s at the University of Southern Mississippi, also in physical education.
Jane began her career as a public school teacher, and her collegiate career as a coach and administrator at Valparaiso University. With a move to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she spent more than 20 years developing one of the largest, if not the largest, Division III intercollegiate collegiate athletics program in the country with over 40 sports.
As the first executive director of NACWAA, Jane established two programs: the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement and the NACWAA Volleyball Classic. She also was instrumental in helping the Board define goals and create programs for the Association.
After her tenure with NACWAA, she became the executive director of the USA Field Hockey Association. Jane has been national vice-president for Division III of the AIAW, co-director of the AIAW National Rowing Championship, and on the Board of Directors of the Collegiate Council for Women Athletics Administrators, the forerunner of NACWAA. She is currently a member of the NCAA Gymnastics Committee and, most recently, was named a member of the NCAA President’s Commission Liaison Committee.
Jane has delivered papers and speeches on both women’s athletics and athletic money management at numerous meetings and conventions, including two separate National Collegiate Directors of Athletics conventions.
Jeannine McHaneyJeannine McHaney, Texas Tech University
“Jeannine McHaney is considered the most influential figure in the development of the women’s athletics program at Texas Tech University,” according to Gerald Myers, director of athletics. McHaney was the driving force behind the establishment of women’s athletics at Texas Tech and became the first woman inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor.
A native of Northeast Arkansas, McHaney came to Texas Tech in 1966 as a physical education professor, director of women’s intramurals and coach for the volleyball team (1966-1975). The Tech Women’s Athletic Department was established in 1975 with McHaney serving as director.
Honors include Texas Tech Woman of the Year in 1976, president of the Texas AIAW in 1977, service on numerous NCAA committees, first recipient of the Jeannine McHaney High Rider Award in 1993, and Women’s Basketball Coaches of the Year Award in 1993.
In 1994, Jeannine passed away after a decade-long fight with cancer, but her contributions to Tech will never be forgotten. A plaque on the base of her bust at the McHaney-Robinson Hall of Fame includes a quote from the former Lady Raider Noel Johnson following Tech’s victory in the 1993 NCAA Tournament Championship Game. It reads: “Any success in the past or future of women’s athletics at Texas Tech is a result of Jeannine McHaney. Her courage and leadership will forever be embedded in Texas Tech athletics.”
Joan ParkerJoan Parker, University of California at Los Angeles
Joan Parker is the only person in University of California at Los Angles women’s athletics history to span the continuum from participant to coach to administrator. Parker competed in three sports as a Cal undergraduate and coached five teams during her years on Cal’s physical education faculty.
Parker received three degrees from UCLA: Bachelor of Arts (’63), General Secondary Credential and Master of Arts.
In 1976, when the Department of Women’s Athletics was founded, she became its Assistant Athletics Director, then Associate Director. In 1983, Parker switched to fundraising and was named National Fundraiser of the Year in 1991 for her efforts with the Bear Backers. When the men’s and women’s departments merged in 1991, she became Executive Director of the Bear Backers.
A nationally recognized administrator who served on the Executive Board of the AIAW, Parker retired in 2001 as the executive director of the Bear Backers after 36 years of service to the university. “It’s been incredible to see how far women’s sports have come since I arrived here in 1959,” Parker said.
Mary Jean MulvaneyMary Jean Mulvaney, University of Chicago
Mary Jean Mulvaney is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.S.) and Wellesley College (M.S.). She began her involvement in women’s sports early in her professional career, serving as the Executive Director of Athletics and Recreation for the Federation of College Women from 1953-1957 and 1962-1964.
Mulvaney joined the University of Chicago in 1966 as Chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women and in 1976 became Chair of a consolidated men’s and women’s athletics department, thus becoming one of the nation’s first female Athletics Directors. Mulvaney also presided over the University of Chicago’s women’s programs move to the NCAA in 1981, and the men’s and women’s programs shift to the University Athletic Association in 1987.
Mulvaney assumed leadership roles in the AIAW, serving as a member of Visiting Committees and Evaluation teams, and was one of the first two women to serve on the NCAA Council. She received numerous awards, which included election to the NACDA Hall of Fame in 1990. Mulvaney’s final achievement was the formation of the University Athletic Association. She helped create the constitution and the code of conduct, and served in many leadership positions until her retirement.
Dr. Linda Jean CarpenterDr. Linda Jean Carpenter, Brooklyn College
Dr. Linda Jean Carpenter, Professor Emerita at Brooklyn College, is also an attorney, a member of the New York State Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar.
Her major research topics, with co-researcher Vivian Acosta, center around a longitudinal national survey on the status of women in intercollegiate athletics (now in its 27th year) as well as job stasis among Senior Women Administrators in athletics and perceived causes for the declining representation of female leaders in sports.
Carpenter is the author or co-author of nine books, the most recent of which is Title IX, co-authored with Vivian Acosta and published by Human Kinetics. Carpenter was honored with a Presidential Award in 1992 and 1995, the Honor Award in 1998 and the Rachel Bryant Lecture Award in 2001, all from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport; the Billie Jean King Award from the Women's Sports Foundation; and the Honor Award from NACWAA.
In 2000, Carpenter became a charter inductee of the North American Society for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In 2001, Carpenter received the Distinguished Scholar Award—School and Community Safety Society of America. In 2003, the American Bar Association recognized her with its Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyers Award for Outstanding Academic, and in 2004 the Sport and Recreation Law Association presented her with its Leadership Award.
In addition, Carpenter contributed significantly to governance and community service at Brooklyn College as an elected member of the Policy Council, Faculty Council and the Steering Committee of the Faculty Council, and as chair of both the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and degree requirements college-wide committees and the Committee on College Integrity. She currently serves on several Advisory Boards in her community.
Dr. Marya WelchDr. Marya Welch, University of California, Davis
Dr. Marya Welch came to the University of California, Davis in 1947 after earning her doctorate in motor learning from Colombia University. She was the first woman hired in the Physical Education Department and the ninth woman hired on the UC Davis campus.
Welch was assigned the task of organizing all physical education classes and setting up the intramural and extramural sports programs for women. She was an active official and initiated officiating classes at UC Davis.
In addition to her coaching and teaching responsibilities, Welch was a member of several Division of Girls and Women in Sports Committees (NSW Speedball Committee, l950-54; NSWA California Basketball Chair, 1950-51; Central California Board of Women Officials, Chair, l947-51; NSWA Officials Ratings in swimming, softball, volleyball, basketball and tennis). This would be comparable today to being on the NCAA committees for those sports and being a rated official in all of the sports!
In 1949, Welch organized the Women's Athletic Association (WAA). This organization served as the primary administrative group for women's athletics at UC Davis and Northern California until l973.
As a founding member of the Extramural League of Northern California, Welch served as president and secretary during the l950s. She was the founder of the UC Davis Picnic Day.
Welch's activities were not limited to the Physical Education Department. On the UC Davis campus, she served as Dean Of Women (l952-54) and organized the Prytanean Honor Society for women. From 1942-46, Welch served in the US Navy Waves Division as an instructor in physical training, recreation, and welfare. She continued in the US Navy Reserves until her retirement as a Lieutenant Commander. Without her efforts and energy on the behalf of women in sports programs at UC Davis and in northern California, women's sports at UC Davis would not be where they are today. Dr. Welch is an inspiration and a person ahead of her time.
Elma Neal RoaneElma Neal Roane, University of Memphis
Elma Neal Roane is recognized as a pioneer and foremost leader in physical education and sport in Tennessee. Roane was one of the founders and second president of the Tennessee College Women’s Sports Federation, formed in 1969, to reinstitute intercollegiate athletic programs and competitions for women. She was also the first recognized women’s athletics director at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis).
Roane was responsible for bringing equity and media attention to women’s athletics at her alma mater when it wasn’t considered fashionable and committed her career to seeing it through—testaments to her athletic and leadership achievements.
When Roane retired, her students and colleagues joined her in establishing The Elma Roane Scholarship Fund at the University of Memphis. That fund has now grown to almost $100,000 and supports education students who aspire to careers in teaching, coaching, sports leadership or athletic training.
Roane served as Chair for Hospitality, Southern Region II AIAW Gymnastics Championships, and Co-chair, Hospitality, Southern District AAHPERD Convention. In the 1980-81 season, she was a Chair of the Women’s Committee, Metro Athletic Conference, and also Director, Metro Volleyball Championships, Memphis. She was a member of the Council of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators and also a member of the American Association of University Women. Roane’s honors and recognition’s are numerous. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Omicron Delta Kappa, Who’s Who of American Colleges and Universities, the University of Memphis Educator of the Year, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, and many more. Roane is truly recognized as a role model and leader for intercollegiate athletics and women in sport.
Jeanette A. LeeJeanette A. Lee, Saint Paul College
In 1960, Jeanette A. Lee, began coaching and teaching health and physical education at Saint Paul's College in Lawrenceville, VA. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina Central University and was 12 hours from obtaining her doctorate from Indiana University of Bloomington.
Initially, Lee’s mentor and collegiate coach/instructor, the legendary John B. McLendon, sent her to Saint Paul’s College, "to get a little experience and move on to bigger adventures". Lee had over 30 years of adventures at the liberal arts college, and her impact will last for many years to come and reach beyond the hills of Saint Paul’s College.
On the conference level, Lee played a strong leadership role in developing the Women's Athletic division of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Each year the CIAA recognizes the athletic director who exemplifies these qualities in his/her administration by giving them the Jeanette A. Lee Athletic Administrator of the Year Award.
Beyond athletics, Lee made her home available for students and served as a mentor to over 200 women who currently serve in leadership roles in athletics at both the secondary and collegiate levels. She was directly responsible for 55 women going on to pursue doctorates in their fields. Lee doggedly found scholarship and grant money to assist deserving young people to attend college. Although she passed away in 1992, Lee will be remembered for her words of wisdom and her courage to be first among the sea of men as a SHE-RO.
Joanne “Jo” KuhnJoanne “Jo” Kuhn, Texas Woman’s University
Joanne "Jo" Kuhn served as Director Of Athletics (1982-92), Assistant Professor (1967-97), and golf, basketball and softball coach over the course of her career in athletics. With more than 30 years of accomplishments as an administrator, coach, and teacher, Kuhn has established herself as an ardent promoter and devoted supporter of women's athletics.
After playing on the LPGA tour for three years, Kuhn was appointed to the kinesiology faculty at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in 1967. She coached the golf, basketball and softball teams to numerous state titles. Kuhn became TWU’s Director Of Athletics in 1982 at a time when athletics had been reduced to a marginal, no-scholarship program with virtually no financial or university support. In ten years, she moved the program from the cellar to a nationally recognized contender.
As an independent school, Kuhn succeeded in gaining TWU’s admission to the Lone Star Conference, a Division II conference for schools with programs in both men’s and women’s sports in 1988. More than $750,000 has been designated for athletics scholarships through the fundraising efforts of the Pioneer Scholarship Campaign, which Kuhn established in 1984.
Kuhn received one of the highest honors of her career in 1992 when the National Association for Sport and Physical Education inducted her into the National Sport Hall of Fame. The award is given to the outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to maintaining sport as an integral part of the total education program. In December 1992, TWU Athletics established the Jo Kuhn Leadership Award to be presented each spring to the student-athlete who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. In 2010, she retired from teaching but remains actively involved in the Pioneer Scholarship Campaign in Denton, TX.
Dr. Elaine DreidameDr. Elaine Dreidame, University of Dayton
Elaine Dreidame served the University of Dayton from 1970 until her retirement in 1999. Dreidame became the University’s first full-time female athletics administrator when she was named Associate Director of Athletics in 1974. In 1989, Dreidame’s duties expanded to include men’s and women’s teams when she accepted the title of Senior Associate Director of Athletics.
Dreidame was inducted in the University of Dayton Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994. Currently, she serves as a Peer Reviewer for the NCAA and is a Guardian Ad Litem for Sumter County, FL. She also is in her second year as Chair for the Villagers for Hospice Golf Scramble.
Dr. Janice SheltonDr. Janice Shelton, East Tennessee State University
Dr. Janice Shelton was first named Assistant Athletic Director in 1974 at East Tennessee State Universityand continued there until her retirement in 1995.
In 1990, Shelton was named Athletics Director at East Tennessee State University, becoming the first female selected to the position at the school. At her hiring she was one of only six female Athletic Directors at NCAA Division I institutions in the country.
Shelton has held numerous titles, and has served on several boards and committees in an effort to support and advance women’s athletics. She was a member of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules Committee for six years and served as chair to the Southern Conference for two years.
Elizabeth MurpheyElizabeth Murphey, University of Georgia
Elizabeth Murphey retired as the Associate Athletics Director at the University of Georgia after dedicating 29 years to the institution.
Under her leadership, the University of Georgiawon eight of the 14 SEC women’s all-sports awards, which was presented annually to the outstanding program in the conference.
Murphey was named “Sports Administrator of the Year” in 1987 by the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and National Coach of the Year by the Women’s Golf Coaches Hall of Fame.
Before her tenure at the University of Georgia, Murphey spent a decade teaching and coaching seven sports at Lynchburg College in Virginia.
Ellen PerryEllen Perry, Pennsylvania State University
Ellen Perry retired from Pennsylvania State University in 2002 after a distinguished career spanning almost 40 years in teaching, coaching and athletics administration.
Perry was a member of the Nittany Lions’ athletic staff since 1966; she served as Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator from 1989 until 2002. She had management oversight responsibilities over Penn State’s 14 women’s sports as well as Student-Athletes Services for the approximately 800 Nittany and Lady Lion student-athletes.
Perry is a past president of the Eastern Association for Physical Education of College Women and has previous experience as a member of the US Olympic Committee for Swimming. Perry was named the recipient of the 1995 Administrator of the Year award presented by the WBCA.
Jenepher P. ShillingfordJenepher P. Shillingford, Bryn Mawr College
Jenepher Shillingford retired from the position of Director of Athletics and Physical Education for Bryn Mawr College in 1999, a position she held for 19 years.
Prior to becoming Director Of Athletics, Shillingford coached four sports (tennis, basketball, field hockey and lacrosse) in four years. Collectively, she served both academia and athletics for nearly 50 years as a teacher, coach, commentator, official and athletics administrator.
Shillingford served as the Snell Professor of Health and Physical Education for her alma mater, Ursinus College, until 2002. Shillingford received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Ursinus College, the NACWAA Administrator of the Year Award, the Heritage Award from PHPERD, the Pathfinder Award from PA AAHPERD and has been name to the SE Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Jessie BrownJessie Brown, Fort Valley State University
Jessie Anderson Brown entered Fort Valley State University after completing an outstanding prep career in Dublin, Georgia, at Millville High School. While at Fort Valley, Brown was named “Most Athletic Woman” and “Most Versatile Woman” by her peers and instructors.
After graduating in 1968, Brown worked in the public school system in the Middle Georgia area, where she gained a reputation for being an outstanding educator.
In 1973, Brown took over the women’s basketball program at Fort Valley State University. She took numerous teams to the then GAUAW tournament, placing well and qualifying for the National Tournament. In 1979, Brown led the team to the SIAC regular season championship, another berth in the GAIAW tournament and was named “Coach of the Year” by the SIAC. In 1982, Fort Valley’s first season competing in the NCAA on the Division II level, Brown’s team qualified for the National Tournament.
Dr. Carole L. MushierDr. Carole L. Mushier, Indian River Community College
Carole Mushier was an Adjunct Professor for Financial Planning and Money Management at Indian River Community College from 1985-1998. She previously served as a Professor, Director of Women’s Athletics and Field Hockey Coach at SUNY College at Cortland.
Mushier served as President of the AIAW in 1979. She also Mushier served on the Women’s Sports Foundation Executive Board, the American Council on Education National Forum, NAGWS and the USOC Collegiate Sports Committee. Mushier’s publications include Personality and Selected Women Athletes and Team Sports for Girls and Women.
Mushier received her B.S. from Boston University, her M.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Carole OglesbyDr. Carole Oglesby, Temple University
Carole Oglesby is a Professor Emeritus in sport psychology (2001) from Temple University and was Chairperson in Kinesiology at California State University Northridge from 2003-2009. As a sport psychology consultant, she has worked with Olympians and Pan American Games champions in rowing, cycling, paralympic cycling, and the USA Deaf Women’s volleyball team. To further her capacities, she earned PhDs in sport psychology (Purdue University, 1969) and counseling psychology (Temple University, 1999).
Oglesby was on the executive committee of the USA World University Games group, 1972-1992; US Olympic Committee House of Delegates, 1992-1996; and the USOC Sport Psychology Registry for 12 years. She has presented papers and conducted training and leadership workshops in 31 countries; published pioneering works Women and Sport: Myth to Reality, Black Women and Sport, and Encyclopedia of Women and Sport in America.
Oglesby is a past President of WomenSport International, executive committee member of the International Working Group for Women and Sport, principal contributor to UN-DAW monograph Women2000 and Beyond: Women, Gender Equality and Sport.
Oglesby competed in national level softball championships in 1962, 1963 and 1965, and coached teams from Purdue University and the University of Massachusetts to the College World Series. She is a recipient of the Women’s Sports Foundation Billie Jean King award and the AAHPERD R. Tait McKinzie award.
Dr. Donna LopianoDr. Donna Lopiano, Women’s Sports Foundation
Dr. Donna Lopiano is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1992-2007) and was named one of “The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports” by Fox Sports. The Sporting News has repeatedly listed her as one of “The 100 Most Influential People in Sports.” Lopiano has been nationally and internationally recognized for her leadership advocating for gender equity in sports by the International Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Lopiano served for 18 years as the University of Texas at Austin Director of Women’s Athletics and is a past President of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. During her tenure at the University of Texas, Lopiano constructed what many believed to be the premiere women’s athletics program in the country, twice earning the top program in the nation award.
Prior to the University of Texas, Lopiano served as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Athletic Director at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport, Lopiano has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees, served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in twenty-eight court cases.
Lopiano received her bachelor’s degree from Southern Connecticut State University, her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California and has been the recipient of five honorary doctoral degrees.
Dr. Laurie MabryDr. Laurie Mabry, Illinois State University
Dr. Laurie Mabry led Illinois State's women's sports from a low-profile women's recreation association to a major national program as Director of Women's Intercollegiate Athletics from 1960-80.
She was the Women's Athletics Director when Illinois State hosted the first women's basketball national tournament in 1972. Mabry also was a Professor of Physical Education at Illinois State, retiring in 1985.
Mabry served as president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), the national governing body for college women's athletics, from 1975-76. She was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors Hall of Fame and the Women's Institute on Sport and Education Hall of Fame.
Dr. Peggy BurkeDr. Peggy Burke, University of Iowa
Norma Peggy Burke served as President of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) from 1976 to 1977. Under her leadership, AIAW influenced issues relating to six-player girl's basketball, Title IX policy interpretation and National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) decisions regarding women's college championships.
Burke also taught physical education as a professor at the University of Iowa. A speech given by Burke was published in the November 15, 1979 edition of Vital Speeches of the Day, and she gave a number of addresses and testimonies during her term as AIAW president.
In addition, Burke participated in several groups supporting equal rights for women: the National Women's Conference, the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women and the Iowa Coordinating Committee of International Women's Year.
Merrily Dean BakerMerrily Dean Baker, Michigan State University
Merrily Dean Baker began her career in intercollegiate athletics as the field hockey coach at St. Lawrence University in 1965 before working with the gymnastics team at Temple University while earning her master's degree.
Baker accepted her first administrative position at Franklin & Marshall College in 1969, when she became the Director of its first Women's Intercollegiate Athletics Program.
In 1970, Baker was hired by Princeton as the associate director of the department of athletics, physical education and recreation. During her 12 years at Princeton, she initiated many of the programs in which women first participated, including basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, swimming and tennis. She also was a member of the first group of women administrators to meet and discuss the establishment of Ivy League championship competition for women. During her tenure at Princeton, Baker also served as president for the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).
From 1982-88, Baker acquired valuable Big Ten Conference experience at the University of Minnesota as director of the department of women's intercollegiate athletics: a nine-sport, $3-million program. In 1988, her last year with the Golden Gophers, she was named one of the "100 Most Important Women" in America by the Ladies Home Journal. In September 2005, Baker was inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame.
From 1992-95, Baker oversaw Michigan State's 25-sport, $18-million athletics program that provided services for over 800 student-athletes. Baker became the first woman to be named Athletics Director at a Big Ten university and only the second at a Division I football-playing institution when she was hired in 1992 by Michigan State University. It was a nationally significant step for Michigan State University as Baker joined the University of Washington's Barbara Hedges as the only women to hold the position.
A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Baker was a six-sport athlete at East Stroudsburg University and received her bachelor's degree in 1964.
Dr. Christine H.B. GrantDr. Christine H.B. Grant, University of Iowa
Christine Grant served for 27 years as the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women at the University of Iowa, where she held the rank of Associate Professor of Health and Sports Studies, a position she occupied from 1973 until 2005.
During her tenure as Athletics Director, she also served as President of the National Association for Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, President of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, a member of the United States Olympic Committee, an International Institute for Sport Ethics Fellow, a member of the Board of Directors of the USA Field Hockey Foundation, and numerous NCAA committees and task forces, including the Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee.
Recognized as one of the foremost national experts on gender equity in sport, Grant has testified about Title IX and gender equity before three Congressional committees, served as a consultant to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights Department of Health, Education and Welfare Title IX Task Force and as an expert witness in fifteen court cases related to Title IX compliance and gender equity. Grant has been instrumental in the development of the NCAA Division I Certification program, still participates in the training of NCAA staff and has served on five NCAA Certification Peer Review teams. Grant also has served as a consultant to institutions of higher education and state education agencies on the development of women’s athletics programs.
Grant holds a B.A. in Physical Education and a doctoral degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Iowa as well as a diploma of physical education from Dunfermline College in Scotland.
Dr. Dorothy J. AlstonDr. Dorothy J. Alston, North Carolina A&T University
Dorothy Jean Alston retired from North Carolina A&T University (A&T) as Special Assistant to the Chancellor in 1999 after serving the state of North Carolina for 34 years, 28 of which were spent at A&T. She was responsible for the Administrative Information System facet of the university's computer center, the institutional research and planning office, internal auditing, EPA salary administration, the university registrar, and admissions and enrollment management. She also served as the chancellor's Division Liaison to the Athletics Department and as the Senior Athletics Woman Administrator.
During her career, Alston served as Special Assistant and as Project Director for a Title III grant to establish and expand a campus-wide broadband communications network system, and as director for Title IX and a Professor of Physical Education at A&T.
Prior to her work at A&T, she was an Assistant Professor and an instructor of Physical Education at Fayetteville State University, and a teacher at John M. Langston High School in Danville, VA, and C.F. Pope High School in Burgaw, NC.
Among numerous awards and honors, Alston is an inductee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Sports Hall of Fame. She has participated in numerous national, professional activities involving higher education research, and she has served in leadership roles for many civic and professional groups.
Alston completed her undergraduate work at A&T, and her master’s and doctorate degrees at North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, respectively. She has other professional development experiences at Harvard University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Joan S. HultDr. Joan S. Hult, University of Maryland
Visionary, luminary, fearless pioneer. There is perhaps no better way to describe Dr. Joan S. Hult, the scholar, activist and Indiana University alumna who helped chart the course of equality for women in intercollegiate sport. As a faculty member at Concordia College in Morehead, MN, Hult helped establish the Minn-Koda Women’s Intercollegiate Conference, one of the few such conferences in its day.
She is widely recognized for her diligent behind-the-scenes work in Washington for the passage of Title IX and her comprehensive understanding of the history of women’s basketball—not to mention her passion for the game—which made her perfectly suited to write the book A Century of Women’s Basketball: From Frailty to Final Four.
Professor emerita from the University of Maryland and author of scores of articles and book chapters in her field, Hult received her BS from Indiana University in 1954, her M.Ed from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 1958, and in 1967 earned her doctorate from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Hult also is currently in the process of publishing a second book about the history of women’s athletics, has served as a consultant to both HBO and ESPN, and is part owner of an athletic and sport consulting firm.
Dr. Pearl KowalskiDr. Pearl Kowalski, Glassboro State College (Rowan)
Dr. Pearl Kowalski was a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and majored in Health and Physical Education. Kowalski then received her master’s degree and doctorate from Temple University in Philadelphia also specializing in Physical Education.
Kowalskihad been a resident of Gloucester City for 50 years. She taught Physical Education and coached field hockey and girls’ basketball for Gloucester City School District, Audubon School District and Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). Kowalskiwas named to the Rowan University and East Stroudsburg University Hall of Fame.
Kowalski served on the board of the New Jersey Education Association, National Education Association, National Coaches Association and currently serves as a First Vice President of the New Jersey Retired Educators Association.
Throughout her life, Kowalski loved to play tennis. Kowalski also served as a referee for field hockey and basketball.
Eleanor R. LemaireEleanor R. Lemaire, University of Rhode Island
Eleanor Lemaire served as the Senior Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Rhode Island from 1976-1992. She was inducted in the University of Rhode Island Hall of Fame in 1994.
Lemaire was a founding member of the Rhode Island Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), served on the AIAW Executive Board as the Region I Representative, the AIAW National Committee and the AIAW Committee on National Qualification. Lemaire also served on the NACWAA Executive Board and was the recipient of the NACWAA District 1 Administrator of the Year Award in 1994.
Sadie Evelyn MageeSadie Evelyn Magee, Jackson State University
Sadie Evelyn Magee served in the athletic department at Jackson State University for 23 years. From 1975-1989, she taught health, physical education and recreation while coaching the women’s basketball team. Her record of 271-154 is one of the best records in the history of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).
In 1989, Magee left coaching to fill the role of Senior Woman Administrator. Throughout her career, Magee dedicated herself to service as President of MAHPERD, Chair of the Ethnic Minorities Council of the Southern District AAHPERD, and Chair of the AAHPERD Ethnic Minority Council. She also served on the Mississippi Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Jackson State University Athletics Association. In 1994, the SWAC named its All Sport Trophy “The Sadie Magee/Barbara Jacket Award.” Magee is also a 1996 inductee in the Alcorn State University Sports Hall of Fame.
Cornieth York “C.Y.” RussellCornieth York “C.Y.” Russell, Kentucky State University
Cornieth York Russell served as Assistant Professor at Kentucky State University in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She also held the positions of Coordinator of Women’s Athletics and Head Coach of women’s volleyball and basketball at Kentucky State University.
Russell was a member of the Executive Board of Golden Circle Life Insurance Company, the National Council of Negro Women, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the secretary of the Tennessee State University National Alumnae Association.
Russell’s contributions to women’s athletics were recognized with the Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Sports at Kentucky State University and the Governor’s award for Kentucky State University’s 200th Basketball Victory.
Dr. Karol Anne KahrsDr. Karol Anne Kahrs, University of Illinois
Dr. Karol Kahrs retired from the University of Illinois after serving as Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Associate Director of Athletics for Development.
Kahrs began her career at the University of Illinois in 1966 as an instructor in the College of Physical Education and coordinated the Women’s Extramural Sports Association before being named Assistant Athletics Director in 1974 and Associate Athletic Director in 1985. She served as Senior Woman Administrator until 1998 and as interim Director of Athletics in 1988.
Kahrs has been a member of numerous committees, including the NCAA Cost Containment Committee and the NACDA Executive Committee. She served on the Executive Board of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Kahrs also served as basketball, volleyball and softball coach during her collegiate coaching career.
Kahrs’ honors include: National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrator, NACWAA District IV Administrator of the Year Award, University of Georgia’s Distinguished Alumni Award; and All-American Football Foundation’s Outstanding Senior Associate Athletic Director Award. In 2006, Kahrs was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame. Kahrs is a past President of NACWAA.
Dr. Ruth Vivian AcostaDr. Ruth Vivian Acosta, Brooklyn College
Dr. Ruth Vivian Acosta, professor emerita at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, earned her BS and MS degrees from Brigham Young University and her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.
Acosta has written extensively on the topics of Title IX and gender equity and has served as an invited presenter at international, national, regional and local conferences.
A respected researcher in the field, her well-known 33-year longitudinal national study on the status of women in intercollegiate sport, conducted with co-researcher Linda Carpenter, has been frequently cited in the media, law journals, Congress, legislative histories and in gender equity lawsuits.
Acosta is a past president of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport and has also served on AAHPERD’s Board of Governors.
She is the recipient of many national awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Honor Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, the Billie Jean King Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation, the Rachel Bryant Award, the Honor Award and several Presidential Awards from NAGWS and the Margaret Paulding Award.
Acosta served in many capacities at Brooklyn College, including teacher, coach, athletics administrator, and deputy chairperson of the graduate program. Over her third of a century at Brooklyn College, Acosta coached basketball, volleyball, field hockey, softball and men’s and women’s badminton.
Acosta’s service to the broader community includes being a founding board member of A Very Special Place, Inc. which provides for the needs of developmentally disabled adults and having a continuing commitment to serve wherever needed by her church and her community.
Dr. Virginia (Ginny) HuntDr. Virginia (Ginny) Hunt, Montana State University
Dr. Virginia Hunt, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Adult and Higher Education, served as Director of Women’s Athletics at Montana State University; Associate Athletics Director for Women at the University of Michigan; and Women’s Athletics Director of the College of Wooster.
Along with her administrative duties, Hunt coached field hockey and volleyball, and was an active official in both sports. She also served as Secretary and Chair of the Affiliated Board of Officials. Additionally, Hunt served on the Eligibility Committee of the United State Olympic Committee, and was chair of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Ethics Eligibility Committee.
Hunt was active in the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports and was on their Board of Directors. Hunt was instrumental in forming the Mountain West Athletic Conference and active in the Women’s Committee of the Big Sky Conference. She also was president of the AIAW.
Kitty Rogers BairdKitty Rogers Baird, Centre College
Kitty Baird was Associate Director of Athletics and Professor of Physical Education at Centre College. Baird joined the college in 1959 and was instrumental in establishing varsity sports for women. She organized and/or coached teams in women's basketball, field hockey, tennis, softball and volleyball.
Along with her teaching and coaching duties, Baird has served the college as intramural director, fitness consultant and wellness instructor.
Beyond the Centre campus, Baird also has promoted women's sports throughout Kentucky. She was president of the Kentucky Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and has received that organization's Distinguished Service Award, as well as the W. Walter H. Mustaine Award, which is KAHPERD's highest honor.
Baird was a founder of the Kentucky Women's Intercollegiate Conference (KWIC) and the second president of that organization. She has worked with the NCAA as a member of the Basketball Rules Committee and the Division III Membership Committee. In 1993, her service to women's sports was honored with the Kentucky Pathfinder Award. From the National Association for Women Athletic Administrators, she received the Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award for the southern district.
Baird received her bachelor's degree from Radford College, her master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her degree as an education specialist from Eastern Kentucky University. She also studied as a postgraduate at the University of Kentucky.
Phyllis L. HowlettPhyllis L. Howlett, Big Ten Conference
Phyllis L. Howlett served as former Assistant Director of Athletics at the University of Kansas and as the Assistant Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference.
Howlett acted as a member of several NCAA committees, including Football Television Committee, Golf Committee, Committee of Women’s Athletics, Executive Committee, Special Committee on Women’s Basketball Television, and NCAA Executive Committee.
Howlett also served as co-chair, NCAA Task Force on Gender Equity; chair, Special Advisory Committee for Women’s Corporate Marketing; chair, Division I Championships Committee; Secretary-Treasurer, NCAA Board member and secretary, Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators; Executive Committee, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Howlett’s dedication to sport did not go unnoticed as she was awarded NACDA Administrative Excellence Award, Honda Award of Merit, and Alumni Achievement Award, Simpson College.
Catherine “Kit” GreenCatherine “Kit” Green, University of Washington
Catherine “Kit” Green served as an administrator for University of Washington athletics for more than 20 years. Under her guidance, women’s sports at the University of Washingtonblossomed. Green joined the Athletic Department in 1974 as Associate Director for Women’s Athletics, then as Associate Director for Intramural Activities and as an instructor in the Department of Physical Education.
At her retirement from the University of Washington in 1994, Green was serving as a Senior Associate Athletic Director. She oversaw all personnel, program and budget responsibilities for 21 men's and women's Olympic sports.
A graduate of Skidmore College, Green taught physical education at Middlebury, Seattle University and at the University of Washington before joining the administrative field.
Considered a pioneer in women's sports, Green has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including induction to the Husky Hall of Fame in 1999 and the NACDA Hall of Fame in 2000.
Della DurantDella Durant, Pennsylvania State University
Della Durant served as Assistant Director of Athletics and Associate Professor for Physical Education at Pennsylvania State University. In 1964, she became the first coordinator of the women’s varsity program. Durant is credited with laying the foundations for the highly successful Pennsylvania State Women’s Athletics Program.
Durant’s passion for the advancement of women in athletics led her to serve on numerous AIAW and NCAA Committees, including the NCAA Council and NCAA Eligibility Committee. Durant also served as Chair of the NCAA Women’s Fencing Committee.
Durant is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame and was awarded the Katherine Ley Award in 1989 for her commitment to the expansion of opportunities for women in athletics.
Dr. Luella LillyDr. Luella Lilly, University of California, Berkeley
A pioneer in University of California, Berkeley women's sports, Dr. Luella Lilly served as the Bears' Women's Athletic Director from 1976-92. During her 17-year tenure, the Bear women won 28 conference championships in eight of 11 sports, plus national crew titles in 1979-80 (varsity 8, varsity 4) and 1983-84 (novice 8, varsity 4).
When USA Today began ranking overall excellence of women's sports programs in the country in 1985, University of California, Berkeley ranked among the nation's top 12 each of the final eight years of Lilly's tenure, including an all-time high of fourth in 1989.
In 1999, Lilly was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by NACWAA. As the school's original Women's Athletic Director, Lilly established the Cal Women's Hall of Fame in 1977-78 with those inductees now part of the California Athletic Hall of Fame, in which Lilly is a member.
Dr. Maria SextonDr. Maria Sexton, The College of Wooster
Dr. Maria Sexton was an influential leader in national and international efforts to provide equal opportunities for women in intercollegiate athletics. During the 1950s and 1960s, she helped bridge the gap between the Amateur Athletic Union and women physical educators by consulting on various aspects of women's athletics.
She also served as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committees for track and field (1964-72) and basketball (1972-76). In addition, she managed the U.S. women's track and field team at the 1967 Pan American Games, and served as the only female member of the World University Games Committee (1967-71). She was active in the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and served as Vice President of its Ohio affiliate.
Sexton completed her bachelor of science degree in physical education at Western Michigan University in 1942, and spent the next seven years as an elementary and high school teacher. She earned her master of arts degree at Ball State Teachers College in 1951 and her Ed.D. at Teachers College (Columbia University) in 1953.
Known affectionately as "Doc," Sexton championed equal opportunities for women in college athletics at Wooster and beyond, and she laid the groundwork for women's varsity sports at Wooster, helping to establish field hockey and basketball.
The recipient of numerous awards and citations for her efforts to advance collegiate sports for women, including the 1982 Presidential Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women's Sports and the 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award of NACWAA, Sexton was a member of four halls of fame, including the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame in 2001, the first woman in Wayne County to be so honored. In 2005, she received an honorary doctor of laws degree from The College of Wooster.
Dr. Mary Jo WynnDr. Mary Jo Wynn, Southwest Missouri State University
Dr. Mary Jo Wynn retired in 1998 after 41 years at Southwest Missouri State University (SMS), including nearly a quarter century as a Senior Athletics Administrator. Wynn was named the first SMS director of women’s athletics in 1975, concluding her career as Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator.
Wynn worked as a teacher and coach, and helped make SMS a dominant member of the Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference and Missouri Valley Conference after SMS moved to Division I in 1982.
A native of Hartville, MO, and 1953 SMS graduate, Wynn organized women’s athletics competition in 1958 with volleyball and tennis teams. Her tenure saw the SMS women’s program grow to 11 sports. Wynn coached volleyball until 1972, guiding the 1969 team to ninth in the first AIAW championship, and led the tennis program until her appointment as Director of Women’s Athletics in 1975. She also coached swimming and track.
Wynn played a major role from the days SMS women’s teams operated from within the physical education department to the time SMS became a charter member of the AIAW and then moved to the NCAA in 1982. Wynn was instrumental in the formation of the Gateway Conference the same year, with those 10 schools moving to the MVC in 1992 to put SMS men’s and women’s teams in the same conference for the first time. In addition to its team success since 1982, the university has produced six women’s All-Americans and 14 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Wynn organized the SMS Women’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981. She received an Outstanding Alumni Award from SMS in 1995 and was inducted into the Springfield Area Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.
Dr. Mary Pavlich RobyDr. Mary Pavlich Roby, University of Arizona
Mary Roby played a prominent and historic role in the development of women’s athletics at the University of Arizona. Her leadership provided the primary force behind the transition from an intramural and club program to a nationally successful intercollegiate athletic program for women.
A Wildcat athlete during her undergraduate years at the University of Arizona in 1944-48, Roby returned to her alma mater as a member of the faculty in 1959. In addition to teaching duties, Roby directed the Women’s Recreation Association program until 1972, when she became Arizona’s first Director of Athletics for Women. In 1982, with the merger of men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs, her appointment as the first female Associate Director of Athletics at the University of Arizona initiated a new era for women in athletic administration.
Roby was a founding member of the Council of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, now called NACWAA. Her contributions for women in sport were acknowledged by NACWAA when they awarded her their "Lifetime Achievement Award."
With an M.S. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California, Roby was a key member of the teaching faculty in the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences. During her years as a professor, she received Honor Awards from the Arizona Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the Southwest Chapter of the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Dr. Nell JacksonDr. Nell Jackson, SUNY Binghamton
A pioneer in women’s track and field, Nell Jackson served as both a coach and an administrator. In 1956, she became the first black female to coach an Olympic team, and she later served as Vice President and as Secretary of The Athletics Congress (forerunner to USATF).
After graduating in 1951, Jackson pursued a master’s degree at Springfield College, graduating in 1953. She later earned a PhD from the University of Iowa in 1962.
Jackson returned to her alma mater in 1953 as women’s track and field coach. Her coaching talents were not limited to track & field; she also was the first men’s swimming coach at Tuskegee, starting the program in 1958. She later coached at Iowa, Illinois State, Illinois, and Michigan State. At Illinois, she coached the Illini to a national team championship in the 1970 outdoor season. Jackson coached fellow USTFCCCA Hall of Famer Barbara Jacket at Tuskegee University, and one of her pupils at Michigan State was Karen Dennis, current women’s coach at The Ohio State University.
Jackson also served as an Assistant Athletic Director at Michigan State, and when she retired from full-time coaching in 1981, she accepted a position as Director of Physical Education and Intercollegiate Athletics, and Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the State University of New York at Binghamton.
In 1956 and 1972, Jackson served as the U.S. Olympic Team’s women’s head coach; she was the first African American to be named head coach of a U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team, men’s or women’s.
Jackson is honored in several halls of fame, among them the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Hall of Fame, the USATF Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. Several awards are given each year in her honor by NACWAA, by Michigan State’s Varsity Alumni `S’ Club, and by Binghamton University.
Fran KoeingFran Koeing, Central Michigan University
Throughout her professional career of 37 years, Fran Koeing was a consummate advocate of physical education and women's sports. She taught physical education and coached all girls’ sports at Morrisville Central School, followed by teaching and coaching assignments at Concordia Teachers College, Michigan State University and Central Michigan University.
As a veteran coach and administrator, Koeing was instrumental in the development of women’s athletics at Central Michigan University prior to her retirement in 1989. She served as the women’s basketball coach for five years with a record of 26-24 before becoming Associate Athletic Director and Director of Women’s Athletics from 1974 until 1989.
Koeing served on 21 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) committees, and she was instrumental in Central Michigan University hosting the AIAW gymnastics final and the 1980 Division I Final Four basketball tournament.
Dr. Carol E. GordonDr. Carol E. Gordon, Washington State University
Gordon championed women's athletics at the state and national levels. She served as president of both the Washington Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. During her 21 years as chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women, 1962-83, she also coached women's field hockey and tennis teams, 1962-66. Her teaching specialty was psychology of sport.
Gordon played high-school basketball in New Hampshire, mainly "curtain-raisers" for boys' games, and graduated from Oberlin College, where opportunities for women to participate in sports were limited. She was 1968 WSU Faculty Woman of the Year, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, 1998.
Dr. Charlotte WestDr. Charlotte West, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
A mentor and a leader in her field, Dr. Charlotte West retired as Associate Athletics Director at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale(SIU) in 1998 but left a legacy as one of the nation's pioneers in women's collegiate athletics. She served as a coach, faculty member and an administrator during her 42-year tenure.
West began her service to SIU in 1957 as a coach and instructor in the Department of Physical Education. In 1973, she became a full professor and developed SIU's graduate program in sports management, which she directed until 1991.
West earned regional and national acclaim for her work in the governance of intercollegiate athletics, including President of the American Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, first woman member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors and a five-year stint on the NCAA Council.
The first recipient of the Woman Administrator of the Year Award from the NACWAA, West also was named the first recipient of the Honda Award, a national honor given for outstanding achievement in women's collegiate athletics.
In all, West coached five sports from 1957 to 1975 at SIU, and her basketball compiled a 113-51 slate in 12 seasons.
West received bachelor's degrees in mathematics and physical education from Florida State University, a master's degree in physical education and dance from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a doctorate in physical education with a minor in educational measurement from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Judith R. HollandDr. Judith R. Holland, University of California, Los Angeles
Dr. Judith R. Holland came to UCLA as the Women's Athletic Director in 1974 and later became the Senior Associate Athletic Director when the men's and women's departments merged in 1980. From 1975-79, she oversaw the women's athletic department and after the departments combined, she assumed major responsibilities for both men's and women's sports.
Throughout her 20-plus years at UCLA, Holland was regarded as the nation's foremost Women's Athletics Administrator. In 1980, she was the driving force behind the merger between the AIAW and the NCAA, which is now responsible for the tremendous popularity and achievement of women's college athletics.
Under her guidance, UCLA won the National Combined Program Award, symbolic of the nation's top women's program, a record 10 times and finished no lower than second in the award's 17-year history. During that time, the Bruins won a total of 37 national championships.
While at UCLA, Holland was the chair of the NCAA Women's Basketball committee (1989-93), chair of the Olympic Liaison Committee, vice-president of the Pac-10 Conference, and chair of the Pac-10 Gender Equity and Compliance Review Committees. She also served as Competition Director of the Olympic Games basketball venue in Los Angeles and as a member of the USA Basketball Board of Directors. Holland was the impetus behind UCLA hosting a record six NCAA championships in 1984 as part of the L.A. Olympic celebration. During Holland's tenure in Westwood, UCLA hosted more NCAA and Regional Championship events than any other university.
Holland also founded and served as chair of the Honda Awards program that honors the nation's top female collegiate athletes each year. In 1990, she received the university's highest service award when she was honored by the UCLA Alumni Association.
Dr. Leotus “Lee” MorrisonDr. Leotus “Lee” Morrison, James Madison University
A commitment to quality and equality in women’s athletics is the legacy of Dr. Leotus “Lee” Morrison from her career in athletics as a James Madison University (JMU) coach and administrator. In addition to her impact on women's college sports nationwide, she is credited with the development of James Madison University’s Women’s Athletic Program, including the establishment of 12 teams.
A native of Savannah, GA, Morrison joined the JMU faculty in 1954 and became associate athletic director in 1971. She coached the JMU field hockey team for 17 years prior to her retirement from coaching in 1977.
Morrison played an instrumental role in the formation of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW), the original governing body for college women’s athletics in the U.S. She was a member of the founding board of the AIAW and one of its early presidents.
Morrison’s efforts on behalf of women athletes were recognized in 1985 when she was presented the Katherine Ley Award by the Eastern College Athletic Conference. In 1984, she received the Honor Fellow Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sports (NAGWS), an organization for which she formerly served as President. The NAGWS award cited her as a “leader, teacher, humanitarian…to whom people owe a great debt of gratitude for her contributions to girls and women in sports.”
Morrison’s other significant accomplishments include her membership to the United States Field Hockey Association and the American Council on Education. She also initiated the development of and was the first President of the South Atlantic Field Hockey-Lacrosse Conference, an affiliate conference of the NCAA. In 1990, JMU awarded Dr. Morrison the Doctor of Humanities Degree in recognition of her distinguished career.
Dr. Martha MullinsDr. Martha Mullins, Eastern Kentucky University
Dr. Martha Mullins spent 21 years as an administrator in the Eastern Kentucky University(EKU) Athletics Department, and her influence continues to be felt at EKU and in the region.
While serving in the roles of Associate Athletics Director for Internal Affairs and Assistant Athletics Director at EKU, Mullins also served on various committees. She served on the Executive Board of NACWAA from 1986-92. She was one of the original recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the organization. Mullins also served on the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame and 40th Anniversary Committees.
A past president of the Citizens for Sports Equity and the Kentucky Women’s Intercollegiate Conference, Mullins received the KWIC Honor Award in 1984 for outstanding service to women’s intercollegiate athletics in Kentucky.
In addition to her administrative roles, Mullins coached women’s tennis and was a professor in the Department of Physical Education.
Dr. Mary A. RiceDr. Mary A. Rice, Glassboro State College (Rowan)
Dr. Mary Rice was a pioneer in the advancement of women’s athletics. She served as a Professor of Physical Education and Director of Women’s Athletics at Glassboro State College (Rowan University).
Rice was the AIAW Division III Commissioner and the EAIAW Chairperson for Field Hockey. Rice also chaired the NJAIAW Ethics and Eligibility Committee and Lacrosse Committee.
For her contributions to Rowan University athletics, the Dr. Mary Rice Award was established to honor a female student-athlete who demonstrates excellence in skills, attitude and dedication.
Jeanne RowlandJeanne Rowland, Northeastern University
Jeanne L. Rowlands is a women's sports pioneer who coached basketball at Northeastern University (NU) and was the university's first Women's Athletics Director. In the 1970s, she led Boston women in marches on Washington for passage of Title IX, which outlawed gender discrimination in education and raised the national profile for women's athletics.
In 1966, Rowlands, who had been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Besançon in France, became NU's first Varsity Women's Basketball Coach. She led the basketball squad for a dozen years, taking the team in 1969 to compete in the first women's basketball championship, a forerunner to today's NCAA championships.
As Director of Women's Athletics at NU from 1974-1991, Rowlands expanded women's varsity teams from six to 10. When Title IX became law, Rowlands worked with other sports administrators on the delicate task of creating schedules for fields and facilities once used only by men.
In addition to her work at NU, Ms. Rowlands was managerof Team USA's women's basketball team for the World University Games in Moscow in 1973 and the World Championship in Bogota in 1975. She also was manager of the 1976 Olympic Women's Basketball Team, which won the silver medal in Montreal.
Rowlands was awarded many honors during her career, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from NACWAA and the Eastern College Athletic Conference Katherine Ley Award. NU presented her with the university's Founders Day Award in 1988 and an honorary doctorate in 1991.
Phyllis J. BaileyPhyllis J. Bailey, The Ohio State University
Phyllis Bailey served as the Associate Athletics Director at Ohio State University. She also held the title of Associate Professor Emeritus. Through her work at Ohio State, Bailey was responsible for creating the first women’s athletic program in the Big Ten.
Bailey also served on numerous committees, including the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. At the time of her retirement, Ohio State women’s programs had won 29 Big Ten titles and the Women’s basketball team had made an appearance in the Final Four.