CLEVELAND, OH – The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 2018 Hall of Fame class. The list of inductees includes: Ed Farrington, Western Connecticut State University; Warner Alford, University of Mississippi; Ron Case, Rowan College at Gloucester County; Deborah Chin, University of New Haven; Mike Jacobsen, Utah Valley University; Ed Matejkovic, West Chester University; Steve McCarty, Stephen F. Austin State University and Brian Quinn, Cal State Fullerton.
The honorees will receive their awards on Saturday, June 30 at NACDA's 53rd Annual Convention at the Learfield Directors' Cup Luncheon, located at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Ed Farrington, Western Connecticut State University
After 29 years at the helm of the Western Connecticut State University department of intercollegiate athletics, Ed Farrington retired from his post on January 31, 2016.
Since he began at Western in 1986, the programs made 62 NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, led by the women's basketball's 12 showings. The softball and women's soccer programs have each appeared in 11 NCAA Tournaments. On the men's side, basketball and soccer have appeared in the NCAAs nine and seven times, respectively. In 2002, the softball team advanced to the Division III College World Series, and in 2007 the women's soccer team advanced to the Division III Finals.
At Western, Farrington oversaw a department that included approximately 350 student-athletes in 14 varsity sports. Under his guidance, women's soccer was added in 1994 and women's swimming and diving during the winter of 1996. In 1998, women's lacrosse was added to the Colonials' slate. Western added men's lacrosse as a varsity program in the spring of 2004. Field hockey was re-established in the fall of 2005 after a 14-year hiatus.
During Farrington's tenure, the university's campus grew extensively, and the athletics program grew along with it. The construction of the Westside Athletic Complex is the latest in a lengthy list of athletics facilities on the school's Westside campus.
Western's acceptance into The Little East Conference in 1993 further enhanced the stature of the athletics department. The Colonials' football program most recently became an affiliated member in the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference in the fall of 2013.
Farrington was a member of the NACDA Executive Committee from 2002-06, as well as the Little East Conference Executive Committee. In 2013, he was the recipient of the NACDA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award.
Others to be inducted include:
Warner Alford, University of Mississippi
John Warner Alford dedicated over half of his life to the athletics program at the University of Mississippi. From his playing and coaching days on the football field to his administrative duties, Alford served his alma mater in many capacities, including 16 years as director of athletics.
During his tenure as athletics director, Ole Miss enjoyed success in all areas, including on the field of competition, in the classroom and in facilities improvement. Vaught Hemingway Stadium received a major facelift, which included a new press box, 29 sky boxes and the addition of a lighting system, bringing night football to the Oxford campus. Other major facility additions included construction of a new baseball stadium and tennis center. Renovations also took place at the golf course, while the track facility expanded seating capacity and was resurfaced, plus a Training Center was added to the "Doc" Knight Field House.
A member of the Mississippi Sports, Ole Miss Sports and University of Mississippi Alumni Halls of Fame, Alford's efforts didn't stop with physical improvements. When he took over as athletics director, Ole Miss sponsored only five men's sports and three sports for women. When he left Ole Miss in 1994, the university sponsored eight sports for men and seven sports for women. Alford also served on the committee to formulate plans to bring women's athletics into the Southeastern Conference.
A strong leader in the field of athletics, Alford served as NACDA 1st Vice President, as a member of the NCAA Council, as president-elect of the Division I-A Athletics Directors Association, as chair of the CFA Athletic Directors Committee and was a member of the CFA Board of Directors. He was also a member of the NCAA Professional Sports Liaison Committee, on the NCAA Honors Committee and a member of the NCAA Certification Committee. Alford served on the Southeastern Conference Executive Committee, was on the SEC Basketball Tournament Site Selection Committee and the CFA Television Committee.
Ron Case, Rowan College at Gloucester County
Ron Case served as athletics director at Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) for 25 years beginning in 1991, and his tenure was marked by an impressive array of awards and accomplishments.
Under Case's direction, the Roadrunners achieved 28 NJCAA Division III National Championships and 68 top-three national finishes. RCGC was awarded the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup Award on four occasions, recognizing the College as the top National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Non-Scholarship Athletic Program in the country, finished in the top three NATYCAA Cup Standings for eight consecutive years, and won the Learfield Directors' Cup for best overall two-year college athletics program in the country. Case also led the Roadrunners to the CAANJ Cup, recognizing the College as the top two-year college athletics department in the state of New Jersey, a total of 14 times, including a stretch of 10 consecutive years.
Case was recognized as Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year in 2003, 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2016. He is a former member of the NACDA Executive Committee and a Past President of NATYCAA. He received Gloucester County College's Medallion Award for Service to the College and Community in 2007 and was inducted into the Gloucester County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Case retired as AD at RCGC on August 31, 2016.
Prior to RCGC, Case was the women's soccer head coach and softball coach at Colgate University from 1987-91. From 1979-87 he served as the men's soccer head coach and basketball coach and athletics director at Penn State University's Delaware County Campus.
Deborah Chin, University of New Haven
After more than 40 years at the University of New Haven, Deborah Chin retired as the university's fourth director of athletics in February 2017 after assuming that role in 1993. At New Haven, Chin oversaw a department that sponsored 16 NCAA Division II sports, while just prior to her departure she engineered the start of the university's 17th sport, field hockey, which began competition in the fall of 2017.
Chin was the primary architect in building the University of New Haven's department of athletics into a national power within NCAA Division II. Under her leadership, University of New Haven teams made more than 70 NCAA postseason appearances and claimed dozens of New England Collegiate Conference and Northeast-10 Conference championships. Chin also championed excellence in the classroom, as New Haven teams routinely ranked among national leaders in academic success.
Chin's contributions to the University of New Haven and to intercollegiate athletics in general began long before she was named the school's fourth athletics director. She began her career at the university as coordinator of women's athletics in 1975 and was responsible for starting the women's intercollegiate athletics program, coaching volleyball, tennis, basketball, and softball in the early years. Chin eventually relinquished all head coaching responsibilities, except volleyball, when she was promoted to associate director of athletics in 1979.
As head women's volleyball coach, Chin fashioned a Hall of Fame resume, earning induction into the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Hall of Fame in December 2006. Chin is also a member of the Connecticut Volleyball Hall of Fame (inducted October 1998), the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame (April 1999), and the Athletics Hall of Fame at her alma mater, SUNY-Cortland.
In addition to her legacy at New Haven, Chin established herself as a positive force at the regional and national levels, serving on more than 30 governance committees and championing opportunities for student-athletes, particularly women. Chin was a board member for the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) from 1993-96 and was named that organization's NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year in 2009. The National Association for Girls and Women in Sports also honored Chin with its Presidential Award in 1997.
Mike Jacobsen, Utah Valley University
Mike Jacobsen retired in 2013 after 29 years as the director of athletics at Utah Valley University (UVU). With Jacobsen leading the way, Utah Valley made a successful — and unprecedented — jump from the junior college ranks to NCAA Division I status.
His foresight and vision was also key in UVU's move from a DI independent to the newly-formed Great West Conference. During the school's four years as members of the Great West, the Wolverines dominated the competition, winning all four Commissioner's Cups along with 40 team conference titles.
Jacobsen's final feat came one day after his retirement was official, when Utah Valley officially joined the Western Athletic Conference. The move to the WAC gave UVU something it has desired since its jump to Division I, a conference that holds an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The development of athletics facilities was also a major focus for Jacobsen during his tenure. He helped foster the relationships and raise funds for nearly all of what stands as UVU athletics' facilities today.
He was named the NACDA Athletics Director of the Year for the Junior/Community College West Region in 2000 and was the recipient of the L. William Miller Award in 2001, which is the administrator of the year award for the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA).
Jacobsen was active in the athletics community, serving on a number of local, regional and national positions. He was the director of Region 18 of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). He served on the NJCAA committees for Division I basketball and football. He is also a NATYCAA Past President and was on the Executive Committee for the NJCAA. He served on the NACDA Executive Committee from 1994-98 and is Past President of the Utah Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He has also been the president of the Utah Football Coaches Association and president of the Professional Association of College Employees at UVSC.
Ed Matejkovic, West Chester University
Dr. Ed Matejkovic, the longest tenured AD in West Chester University (WCU) history, served for 22 years as the director of athletics at West Chester University having built the Golden Rams' program into one of the most successful in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), as well as the NCAA Atlantic Region. He spent 47 years overall as an educator.
West Chester University's athletics program won three Eugene F. Dixon Trophy titles, handed out to the top overall athletics program in the PSAC, while earning six national championships, 24 NCAA regional crowns, and an astounding 63 PSAC titles over Matejkovic's 22-year reign. Add to that 27 more PSAC Eastern Division crowns, five conference titles in women's rugby's 13-year history and a pair of Atlantic 10 Field Hockey regular-season titles and an ECAC Division II Men's Lacrosse championship, and one can see why the trophy cases on South Campus are crowded with hardware.
West Chester's athletics program took home at least one conference title in each of Matejkovic's 22 years, including back-to-back seasons with five PSAC crowns (2006-07 and 2007-08 campaigns) that also contained a national championship (women's lacrosse in 2008).
However, Matejkovic's more than two decades as AD will also be remembered for the student-athlete's success in the classroom. West Chester University's student-athletes continually posted a cumulative grade-point average higher than that of WCU's student body. Of the nearly 575 student-athletes at West Chester University, more than 350 made the AD Academic Honor Roll each semester dating back to 2010.
Matejkovic spearheaded a facility upgrade movement at the university that has resulted in the construction of Vonnie Gros Field with new lighting and bleachers, along with the installation of Hockey Gold surface by FieldTurf – the first such installation of the state-of-the-art elliptical fiber product in North America.
Steve McCarty, Stephen F. Austin State University
Steve McCarty worked in the athletics department at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) for 21 years, including 15 as athletics director. He retired from the top spot on August 31, 2005.
During his time in Nacogdoches, Lumberjack and Ladyjack athletics experienced success across the board. The football team earned two NCAA playoff berths, three NCAA Volleyball Championship appearances and two NIVC appearances, 14 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship appearances, an appearance in the NCAA Men's Golf Regional, three Southland Conference soccer titles, an NCAA Soccer Championship appearance and six SLC cross country titles, including the past four men's championships, two women's track and ﬁeld titles and one men's track and ﬁeld title.
McCarty served as President of FCS ADA in 1999-00 and was a member of the NACDA Executive Committee from 2001 until his retirement in 2005. He also spent time serving on numerous committees for the Southland Conference, including ﬁnance, compliance, basketball tournament, marketing and television and ofﬁciating.
SFA athletics saw an overall upgrade in its facilities during McCarty's last decade. It was during that that time that SFA built the Jimmy W. Murphy Wellness Center and the new athletic training and academic center. He was recognized nationally for accomplishments at SFA when he received the Gen. Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award from the All-American Football Foundation.
McCarty is a two-time graduate of the university and is also a member of the SFA Alumni Association's "Football Coaches Hall of Honor." He originally entered college athletics administration following a successful high school football coaching career.
Brian Quinn, Cal State Fullerton
A well-known figure as an athlete and administrator, Brian Quinn served as athletics director at Cal State Fullerton from 2002-12. During his tenure, he oversaw the department's successful efforts to recover from a state of fiscal crisis, improve the overall student-athlete academic performance and to remodel Titan Gym. Cal State Fullerton was acknowledged for its "Outstanding Degree Completion" program by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports.
The baseball team advanced to 11 consecutive postseason appearances and five College World Series appearances under his watch, including the National Championship in 2004. Numerous teams advanced to NCAA postseason play, including men's basketball trips to the NCAA Tournament and NIT. Quinn was a member of the NCAA Baseball Committee and chaired the Big West Baseball Committee and the NCAA West Region Baseball Committee.
A Past President of DI-AAA ADA in 2010-11, Quinn was honored with the Association's Gary Cunningham Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He was recognized by NACDA as an Athletics Director of the Year in 2006-07. In addition to earning a place in the Loyola Marymount (LMU) Hall of Fame, where he was a two-sport student-athlete in basketball and baseball and also a longtime athletics director. Quinn was selected as part of the 2018 West Coast Conference Hall of Honor class.
Quinn returned to his alma mater to serve as director of athletics at LMU in 1985. During this time, teams won nine West Coast Conference titles and advanced to NCAA playoffs 11 different times in a variety of sports. Quinn served on numerous committees on campus, the WCC and the NCAA, serving as chair of the Men's Volleyball Committee. In 1996 the community of Westchester honored Quinn with its "Citizen of the Year" Award for his achievements.
He currently serves as Board Co-Chair at Serra High School, where he is also a member of the Hall of Fame, and coaches youth volleyball and basketball.
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