© U.S. Olympic Committee

ORLANDO, Fla. – During the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Convention in Orlando, Fla., 41 colleges and universities received the inaugural U.S. Olympic Achievement Award in a special presentation on June 17 in conjunction with the Director’s Awards Luncheon. The award, which recognizes the colleges and universities whose student-athletes and coaches have won Olympic medals, was created jointly by the U.S. Olympic Committee, U.S. National Governing Bodies for Sport (NGBs) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA). Scott Blackmun, CEO of the USOC, will present the awards.

A total of 28 athletes and 38 coaches from 41 institutions contributed to the USA’s medal success at the last two Olympic Games in Beijing (2008) and Vancouver (2010). Colleges and universities are recognized based on two criteria: having a current student-athlete who was part of a medal-winning performance or a coach who was a credentialed member of the U.S. Olympic Team delegation and his/her athlete or team won a medal.

Below are the institutions that were honored for the performances of their athletes and/or coaches at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2010.

The U.S. Olympic Achievement Award will be presented every two years following the Olympic Games. Two versions of the award will be given: an actual medal that will be presented to each institution’s athletics director, and a presentation piece that may be showcased in the athletics department.

Background information

  • NACDA. NACDA, now in its 46th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,500 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. NACDA administers 11 professional associations for the separate business units that report directly to the athletics director. Additionally, more than 2,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention presented by Fox Sports. For more information on NACDA, visit www.nacda.com.

  • NGB Council. The mission of the National Governing Bodies Council is to assist the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and Paralympic Sport Organizations (PSOs) as they strive to achieve sustained competitive excellence. The NGB Council represents the consensus views of the NGBs and the PSOs to the USOC Board of Directors, USOC staff and U.S. Olympic Assembly.

  • U.S. Olympic Committee. The USOC is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the sole entity in the United States whose mission involves training, entering and underwriting the full expenses for the U.S. teams in the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games. In addition to being the steward of the U.S. Olympic Movement, the USOC is the moving force for support of sports in the United States that are on the program of the Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games.

Colleges and universities receiving the U.S. Olympic Achievement Award

University of Alabama
Harvey Glance, coach, Track & Field

University of Arizona
Mike Candrea, coach, Softball
Frank Busch, coach, Swimming
Lacey Nymeyer, silver, Swimming
James Li, coach, Track & Field

Boston College
Molly Schaus, silver, Ice Hockey
Kellie Stack, silver, Ice Hockey

University of California, Berkeley
Nathan Adrian, gold, Swimming
Teri McKeever, coach, Swimming

University of California, Irvine
John Speraw, coach, Volleyball
Tim Hutten, silver, Water Polo

University of California, Los Angeles
Lauren Cheney, Soccer
Jillian Ellis, coach, Soccer
Jeanette Bolden, coach, Track & Field

Concordia University, Irvine
Jamie Morrison, coach, Volleyball

Duke University
Mike Krzyzewski, coach, Basketball

University of Florida
Caroline Burckle, bronze, Swimming
Gregg Troy, coach, Swimming

Florida State University
Dix Walter, two bronze, Track & Field

University of Georgia
Jack Bauerle, coach, Swimming

Harvard University
Emily Cross, silver, Fencing

Humboldt State University
Sue Woodstra, coach, Volleyball

University of Illinois
Jon Valdez, coach, Gymnastics

University of Iowa
Terry Brands, coach, Wrestling

University of Louisville
Ron Mann, coach, Track & Field

University of Maryland
Kerry McCoy, coach, Wrestling

University of Michigan
Bob Bowman, coach, Swimming

University of North Carolina
Tobin Heath, gold, Soccer

University of North Dakota
Joceyln Lamoureux, silver, Ice Hockey
Monique Lamoureux, silver, Ice Hockey

Northeastern University
Dave Flint, coach, Ice Hockey

Northern Michigan University
Adam Wheeler, bronze, Wrestling

The Ohio State University
Miles Avery, coach, Gymnastics

University of Oklahoma
Mark Williams, coach, Gymnastics

Pennsylvania State University
Randy Jepson, coach, Gymnastics
Erica Walsh, coach, Soccer

Pepperdine University
Marv Dunphy, coach, Volleyball

San Diego State University
Stephen Strasburg, bronze, Baseball

Seton Hall University
Kim Keenan-Kirkpatrick, coach, Track & Field

University of South Carolina
Dawn Staley, coach, Basketball

University of Southern California
Amy Rodriguez, gold, Soccer
Klete Keller, gold, Swimming
Rebecca Soni, one gold and two silver, Swimming
Kameryn Craig, silver, Water Polo
James Krumpholz, silver, Water Polo

Southern Illinois University
Connie Price-Smith, coach, Track & Field

St. John’s University
Yury Gelman, coach, Fencing

St. Mary’s College of California
Rob Browning, coach, Volleyball

Stanford University
Elle Logan, gold, Rowing
John Rittman, coach, Softball
Elaine Breeden, silver, Swimming
Julia Smit, one silver and one bronze, Swimming
Jessica Steffens, silver, Water Polo

Syracuse University
Jim Boeheim, coach, Basketball

Tennessee State University
Chandra Cheeseborough, coach, Track & Field

University of Tennessee
J.J. Clark, coach, Track & Field

University of Texas
Bubba Thornton, coach, Track & Field
Gail Goestenkors, coach, Basketball
Ricky Berens, gold, Swimming
Eddie Reese, coach, Swimming
David Walters, gold, Swimming

Texas A&M University
Christine Marshall, bronze, Swimming

Wesleyan University
Jodi McKenna, coach, Ice Hockey

University of Wisconsin
Meghan Duggan, silver, Ice Hockey
Mark Johnson, coach, Ice Hockey
Hilary Knight, silver, Ice Hockey