National Collegiate Athletic Association

The NCAA Record

May 26, 1997


May 27-29NCAA Foundation Leadership ConferenceOrlando, Florida
May 28-30Regional seminarSan Francisco
May 29Investment Advisory CommitteeKansas City, Missouri
May 30-31NCAA 2000 Headquarters Project Working GroupChicago
May 31-June 2Committee on InfractionsKansas City, Missouri

Homer Rice retires as AD at Georgia Tech

Homer Rice, athletics director at Georgia Tech for the past 17 years, has retired from that post but will stay on at the university to help with public relations, special programs and development.

Rice, 70 years old, originally planned to retire at 65 but remained on the job to work with the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games as it developed the Olympic village on Georgia Tech's campus.

Rice, who has coached at the high-school, college and professional levels, joined the Georgia Tech staff after serving as AD at Rice and North Carolina. He also was head coach for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

During his tenure at Georgia Tech, Rice helped raise more than $100 million for the athletics program. Much of the money was used to renovate the football stadium and basketball arena and to open a new baseball stadium and tennis center. He negotiated an agreement with McDonald's to become the corporate sponsor of the school's Alexander Memorial Coliseum.



Larry Cowan, head men's basketball coach at Plattsburgh State since 1987, named interim athletics director. He succeeds Peter Luguri, AD for the past 10 years, who has relinquished those duties for an extended time to devote his attention to responsibilities as associate provost for student affairs ... David Cooper named AD at Fairmont State ... St. Andrews Presbyterian announced that Mark Peeler, men's basketball coach, will become athletics director June 1.


Joe Labat hired as assistant athletics director for business and finance at Central Florida. Labat fills a position that was reactivated after being vacant since 1993. Labat worked in the athletics department at Florida State from 1978 to 1996, first as business manager and then as assistant to the athletics director ... Liberty appointed two assistant ADs. Terry Falwell, director of public relations, was named assistant AD for development and Mike Montoro, sports information director, was named assistant AD for media relations.


Brenda Bonheim given additional duties as senior woman administrator at Liberty. Bonheim has been women's coordinator of athletics and director of game management for women's athletics since 1980.


Baseball--Westfield State head coach John Jones resigned after eight years as head coach and 12 years with the program. His career record was 115-136-1, with 70 of the victories coming in the past four seasons. Jones is an assistant professor in the criminal justice department at Westfield State and is taking a sabbatical during the 1997 fall semester. He also has been named chair of the department ... Jim Ricklefsen resigned as head coach at McNeese State.

Men's basketball--Larry Cowan, head coach at Plattsburgh State for the past 10 years, promoted to interim athletics director. Cowan also will teach in the department of physical education, athletics and recreational sports ... Michael Elbe hired as head coach at Dubuque. Elbe has been head coach at John Wood Community College for the past five years ... Bill Warden, head coach at North Central for the past 16 years, retired. Long-time assistant Bob Bray was named to succeed him. Bray has been an assistant coach 14 of the last 17 seasons. Warden will stay on as an assistant ... Georgia head coach Tubby Smith selected at Kentucky. Smith was associate head coach at Kentucky in 1990-91 before becoming head coach at Tulsa. He then moved to Georgia, where he compiled a 45-19 record in two seasons ... Delray Brooks, an assistant for the past four seasons at Kentucky, hired as head coach at Texas-Pan American, succeeding Mark Adams, whose contract was not renewed. Adams, who was head coach for five years, was 3-25 this season ... Terry Zeh, head coach at Elmira for the past two seasons, resigned to become a full-time assistant at Canisius ... Richard Walsh named head coach at Hilbert after serving as restricted-earnings coach at Canisius ... Wartburg announced the resignation of Marty Simmons.

Men's basketball assistants--Damone James named full-time assistant coach at Canisius, which also announced the promotion of Brian Miller from administrative assistant to restricted-earnings coach. James is a 1995 graduate of Canisius and was captain of the basketball team there for three seasons ... Scott Adubato appointed assistant coach at Georgia State ... Don Newman hired as assistant coach at Arizona State ... Tadd Boyle hired as administrative assistant for men's basketball at Tennessee.

Women's basketball--Lisa Parsons, a graduate assistant coach at Loras for the past three years, named head coach at Dubuque. She also will be head women's golf coach. ... Denise Curry appointed head coach at Cal State Fullerton. Curry was assistant coach with the San Jose Lasers of the American Basketball League last season. Before that, she was an assistant coach at California for six years ... Wentworth Institute announced the resignation of head coach Mary Jean Hughes. In her two seasons as head coach, Hughes posted a 15-30 record, including this year's first-ever winning season at Wentworth ... Old Dominion extended the contract of head coach Wendy Larry for three years. Larry recently completed her 10th and most successful season as head coach of the Lady Monarch program with a 34-1 record. The team reached the championship game of the Division I women's tournament ... Syracuse extended the contract of head coach Marianna Freeman.

Women's basketball assistants--Angel Donley hired as assistant coach at Florida Southern. Donley was interim head coach at Akron last season after being the assistant coach during the previous season ... Paul Lizzo appointed associate head coach at Staten Island and Steve McGoy, Jim Donland and Emma Dodd named assistant coaches ... Ball State hired Christina Jansen as assistant coach.

Field hockey assistant--Andrea Bradley named assistant coach at Maryland after two years as assistant coach at Iowa.

Football assistants--Don Mion and Nick Fitzgerald selected as assistant coaches at Albany (New York). Mion, who was a head coach at the high-school level for the past 11 years, will work with the defensive line. Fitzgerald, who also coached at the high-school level, will handle special teams.

Men's and women's golf--Lisa Parsons hired as head women's golf coach at Dubuque, where she also will be head women's basketball coach. Parsons has been a graduate assistant basketball coach at Loras for the past three years ... Pat Jordan, who served the last three years as head coach of the Rutgers women's golf team, resigned. Jordan led the Lady Knights to eight team titles in three years ... Julie Scott, an assistant coach for the past two years, promoted to head men's and women's golf coach at Eastern Washington.

Men's gymnastics--Peter Kormann, head coach at Ohio State since 1989, resigned to become technical coordinator for USA Gymnastics. Kormann led the Buckeyes to the 1996 National Collegiate championship.

Men's ice hockey--Sean Goldsworthy, former St. Olaf hockey standout, returned to his alma mater as head coach. Goldsworthy was an assistant coach at St. John's (Minnesota) last season and has played with the San Antonio Iguanas and the Memphis Riverkings in the Central Hockey League.

Women's lacrosse--Cheryl Wolf resigned as head coach at Cornell, effective June 30.

Men's and women's soccer--David Forsythe, head men's and women's coach at Millsaps, resigned to become director of coaching for the Pensacola (Florida) Soccer Club. He leaves Millsaps after nine years as head coach of the men's team and three years as head coach of the women's team ... Joe Clarke, head men's coach at Saint Louis for the past 14 years, named head men's coach at Washington (Missouri). Clarke produced a 205-74-30 record during his tenure at Saint Louis ... Jennifer Druffel Martin hired as Eastern Washington's head women's coach. Martin will build a soccer program that will begin competition this fall ... Sean Stoy hired to coach the Westminster (Missouri) men's team, succeeding Jaime Vargas, who will coach the women's team this fall. Vargas also directed the women's team in 1994 and 1995. Stoy is a research assistant in veterinary pathobiology at Missouri and holds a D coaching license ... George Vizvary, who coached the men's soccer team at Ulster County Community College for three decades, appointed head women's coach at Albany (New York). Vizvary, who had a 378-25-18 career record, guided Ulster to two National Junior College Athletic Association championships ... Julie Leonhardt, assistant women's coach at Ohio State for the past two years, named head coach at Lehigh. Leonhardt succeeds Allison Moxey, who resigned after her sixth season as head coach. Moxey had led the team since its first varsity season in 1991.

Women's softball--Pennsylvania announced it will not renew the contract of head coach Linda Carothers.

Men's and women's tennis--Lehman announced the resignation of Jay Cheraskin as men's and women's coach ... Pepperdine appointed Peter Smith as men's coach ... Tennessee released John Kreis. Kreis is a member of the NCAA Men's and Women's Tennis Committee.

Wrestling--Ken Nellis appointed head coach at Clarion. Nellis wrestled at Clarion from 1981 to 1986 and returned to his alma mater in 1990 as an assistant coach ... Kevin Azinger resigned after 15 years with the Central (Iowa) program, the last eight as head coach. Azinger compiled a 98-54-3 dual-meet record.

Wrestling assistant--Rob Eiter, Clarion's restricted-earnings coach for the past four years, elevated to first assistant coach.


Budget director--Mickey Guridy named director of budget at Liberty, where he will retain his duties as sports marketing director. Guridy has been serving as executive director of the athletics association, ticket manager, sports marketing director and director of game management.

Compliance director--Chris King, graduate assistant for compliance at Campbell, hired as director of compliance at Liberty.

Football operations director--Craig Curtis appointed director of football operations at Houston, replacing Dan Vooletich, who resigned to pursue private business interests. Curtis has been director of marketing and promotions at Troy State since June 1994.

Marketing assistants--Matt Jones and Dan Hauser promoted to assistant directors of marketing at New Mexico. Jones will oversee sales and special events and Hauser will work with corporate and community relations. Both previously were marketing assistants at New Mexico.

Sports information director--Joe Gorby hired as sports information director at Ferris State after serving as interim director since November 1995. Gorby joined Ferris State in August 1994 as an assistant to the SID.


Lisa Turner hired as assistant director of special events at the NCAA national office. Turner has been a project manager at the San Antonio Sports Foundation, working on events such as the 1996 NBA Jam Session and Builders Square Spurs Fanfiesta.


Lance Boston named director of compliance services at the Sun Belt Conference.


Chuck Wielgus selected as executive director of United States Swimming, the national governing body. He will succeeds Ray Essick July 15. Wielgus is executive director of the Senior PGA Tour Sponsors Association and former executive director of U.S. Canoe and Kayak.



Active -- Averett College: (SWA) to be named; Lake Superior State University: Gwen Wilkie (SWA) -- Head Women's Basketball Coach, 906/635-2627; University of Memphis: Nate Essex (F) -- Dean of Education, 901/678-4265, FAX 901/678-4778; Midwestern State University: Robert D. McBee (AD), Rick J. Williams (F) -- Professor of Chemistry, 817/689-4187; Oregon State University: New area code is 541; University of Puerto Rico, Bayamon: New area code is 787; University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez: New area code is 787; Purdue University: New area code is 765; Quincy University: Rev. Eugene Kole (P); Seton Hall University: Sue Regan (AD/SWA); Siena College: Rev. James Toal (P); Southeast Missouri State University: Carroll Williams (Interim AD).


Evansville head men's basketball coach Jim Crews and Pepperdine head coach Lorenzo Romar selected as assistant coaches for the 1997 USA 22-and-Under World Championship Team by USA Basketball. Tryouts for the team are May 30-June 1.

Ramapo President Robert Scott was designated as senior advisor for an official U.S. delegation engaged in negotiations with representatives of UNESCO-Europe and The Council of Europe during April. The appointment was made by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright through the American Council on Education. The U.S. team negotiated amendments to a convention on academic credits and credentials for enhanced student and staff mobility among nations in Europe and North America.

Bruce Snyder of Arizona State and John Cooper of Ohio State named as head coaches of the North and South teams at the 1998 Hula Bowl to be played at War Memorial Stadium on Maui January 18, 1998. The coaches were selected by the American Football Coaches Association.

Lt. Gen. Paul Stein, superintendent at Air Force, named recipient of the All-American Football Foundation's Outstanding College President's Award. Stein will receive the award June 16 at the foundation's banquet. Also honored at the dinner will be Wiles Hallock, former commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference, who will receive the Asa S. Bushnell Commissioner's Award. Robert Sweazy, faculty athletics representative at Texas Tech, current NCAA Division I vice-president and past president of the College Football Association, will receive the foundation's Faculty Chairman of Athletics Award.

Dave Gavitt, president of the NCAA Foundation, named chairman of the board of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Linda Wooster, Quinnipiac assistant athletics director and associate professor of physical education, will be honored with the Joseph J. Fontana Distinguished Service Award for three decades of outstanding service to Connecticut high schools. Wooster coached at the high-school level from 1972 until becoming coordinator of women's athletics at Quinnipiac in 1984. She continued her involvement with high-school athletics by hosting state volleyball and softball tournament games at the college.

Glen Tuckett, former athletics director at Brigham Young, chosen by the National Invitation Tournament and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics as the recipient of the 16th
NACDA/NIT Athletics Directors Award. NACDA also selected 12 athletics administrators to be inducted into its hall of fame. They are Phyllis Bailey, Ohio State; Edward Creutzinger, Gloucester County; C. W. "Bump" Elliott, Iowa; Howard "Bud" Elwell, Gannon; Roy Kramer, Vanderbilt; Lou McCollough, Iowa State; Bill McHenry, Wooster; David Olson, Pacific Lutheran; Doug Porter, Fort Valley State; Nicholas Rodis, Brandeis; Jim Tarman, Penn State; and Bob Vanatta, Central Methodist.

--Compiled by Sally Huggins