Duke's White receives Toner Award

From News ReleasesJune 11, 2014 

IRVING, Texas -- The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame has announced that Duke University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White has been named the 2014 recipient of the NFF John L. Toner Award. Presented annually by the NFF, the Toner Award recognizes an athletic director who has demonstrated superior administrative abilities and shown outstanding dedication to college athletics and particularly college football.

“Under Kevin’s guidance, Duke has continued to excel both on and off the field,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “Since White took over in 2008, the Blue Devils football program has achieved national prominence and the athletics department has seen substantial growth overall. His accomplishments place him at the forefront of his profession and make him truly worthy of this prestigious honor.”

Hired by Duke President Richard Brodhead in 2008, White made an immediate impact on Duke Athletics, leading the department to excellence in competition and reshaping the organization into a more efficient and modern department. His consistent outreach efforts have strengthened ties with key constituencies on both the campus and in the community, and his marketing acumen has successfully led Duke’s fundraising and corporate sponsorship efforts that have significantly enhanced the department’s revenue streams during an economic downturn.

Coach David Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils football program have seen unprecedented success during White’s tenure in Durham. In 2013, Duke won 10 games for the first time in school history as the Blue Devils reached the ACC Championship Game against the eventual national champion Florida State. In 2012, Duke went to its first bowl game since 1994, officially beginning the school’s football renaissance. Two Blue Devils have been recognized as NFF National Scholar-Athletes under White’s leadership, including quarterback Sean Renfree in 2012 and offensive lineman Perry Simmons in 2013.

White spearheaded the launch of a $250 million athletics initiative in 2012, with $100 million earmarked for several athletic facilities, including plans to expand the seating and improve the facilities in and around Wallace Wade Stadium. He also oversaw the addition of Pascal Field House, an 80,000-square foot indoor training facility featuring a 120-yard football playing surface that opened in 2011.

Since White’s arrival, Duke has captured six NCAA Championships and 15 ACC titles, while 75 Blue Devil teams advanced to NCAA postseason competition. Individually, 165 student-athletes have earned All-American status, 278 All-ACC and 171 All-Region or District honors the past five years.

Academically, Duke teams have continued to excel under White’s watch. In 2014, eight of Duke's teams posted perfect scores of 1000 in the Academic Progress Report (APR) data released by the NCAA, and 14 of the Blue Devils' squads have been honored by the NCAA for placing among the top 10 percent in their respective sports nationally, including the Blue Devil football program, which ranked first among all FBS schools and second among all Division I programs.

White joined the Duke after leading the University of Notre Dame’s athletics program from 2000-08, and he served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 2006-07. He has received multiple awards, including the Sports Business Awards Athletic Director of the Year in 2014, and he was one of four NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision recipients of the Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award presented by NACDA in 2013, having previously claimed the award in 2006 while at Notre Dame. White has also served as athletics director at Arizona State University, Tulane University, the University of Maine and Loras College in Iowa.

White earned his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in 1983 with an emphasis on higher education administration. In 1985, he completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. He earned his master’s degree in athletics administration from Central Michigan University in 1976 and his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1972 from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he also competed as a sprinter. White and his wife, Jane, have five children and 10 grandchildren.

White will be honored at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. White will accept his award alongside the recipients of the other NFF Major Award, including Frank Beckmann, the recipient of the Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in broadcasting, as well as the yet-to-be-announced recipients of the NFF Gold Medal, NFF Distinguished American Award and NFF Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football Award.

In addition to the presentation of the NFF Major Awards, the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner will provide the stage for the induction of the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Class; the presentation of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments; and the bestowing of the 25th NFF William V. Campbell Trophy to the nation’s top scholar-athlete.


RALEIGH, N.C. – Jonathan Addison, Andrew Colley and SeQuoia Watkins will represent the NC State track and field team at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, June 11-14 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Addison (long jump), Colley (5,000m) and Watkins (discus) each qualified for the championship by virtue of finishing among the top 12 in their respective event at the NCAA East Regional.

Colley, a 2013 All-American in the 5,000m, is making his third appearance in the NCAA Outdoor Championships, while Watkins, a 2013 qualifier in the discus, is making her second consecutive trip to Eugene. Addison, a two-time All-ACC honoree this year, will be making his first appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.


Turner, Austin Earn All-America Mentions

NC State's Trea Turner landed on the first team at short for NCBWA and Baseball America, Austin made the third team on Baseball America's list

NC State's Trea Turner and Brett Austin earned All-America selections on teams released Wednesday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America.

Turner landed on the first team at shortstop for both NCBWA and Baseball America's All-American teams. The junior was selected 13th overall by the San Diego Padres in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The mentions bolster Turner's campaign for the Brooks Wallace Award, recognizing the nation's top shortstop. Turner remains in the running for that award, announced on June 29.

Brett Austin earned the first All-America mention of his career with a third team nod on Baseball America's list. Austin was a fourth-round selection by the Chicago White Sox in this year's draft.

Ahead of this season, Austin was named to Louisville Slugger's third team preseason All-America, but Baseball America's selection grants him the first postseason honor of his career.


Garth Mulroy to Compete at 2014 U.S. Open

Former NC State golfer tees off at Pinehurst No. 2 Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

RALEIGH – Set to be played at the famous Pinehurst No. 2, the 2014 U.S. Open Championship gets underwayThursday morning. Among the field of 156 participants is former NC State men’s golfer Garth Mulroy.

A native of South Africa, Mulroy qualified for the 2014 U.S. Open at the Walton Heath international sectional qualifier in Surrey, England. Mulroy has won seven tournaments in his career, including the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European tour. Mulroy’s last major appearance was the 2012 British Open, a tournament at which he tied for 64th.

While at NC State, Mulroy had a very strong 2002 season. He tied for fourth at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and earned All-ACC, All-District, and GCAA All-America honors.

Mulroy will tee off from the first hole at 12:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. He is paired with Bobby Gates and Steven Alker.


Bill Haas Elected To Wake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame

Haas was elected in his first year on the ballot

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Former Wake Forest All-American Bill Haas has been elected to the Wake Forest Athletic Hall of Fame. Haas is one of six members of the Class of 2015. The names of the other individuals will be announced at a later date.

Haas, a 2004 graduate, was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. He is the 18th men’s golfer to be elected and he joins his father Jay Haas as the only father-son duo in the Hall of Fame.

The three-time first team All-American won a school-record 10 tournaments as a Demon Deacon. He holds the two lowest single-season scoring averages in school-history as his 68.93 scoring average in 2003-04 is also an NCAA record.

As a senior in 2003-04, Haas won five times, finished runner-up at the NCAA Championship and swept all of the national awards. He won the Jack Nicklaus Award, given to the college Player of the Year, the Ben Hogan Award which is presented to the top male golfer in Division I, II, III and NAIA and the Haskins Award, honoring the most outstanding golfer in the U.S. The Haskins Award is college golf's equivalent to college football's Heisman Trophy.

Haas’ individual numbers are staggering. His 70.87 career scoring average is over a shot lower than any other player in school history. He had 111 rounds over four years at par or better and he had a streak during his senior year of seven consecutive rounds in the 60s. Haas also had two different streaks of 13 rounds at par or better.

Haas is one of six Demon Deacons to earn first team All-ACC honors all four years. He’s the program’s only two-time ACC Player of the Year and he was also named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2001.

Since turning professional in 2004, Haas has won five times on the PGA TOUR and has made over 19 million dollars. In 2011, he pulled off the shot of the year from a pond on the 17th hole at the East Lake Golf Club en route to winning the season-long race for the FedEx Cup. Haas has played on two victorious U.S. President’s Cup teams and also represented the U.S. in the Walker Cup and two Palmer Cups.

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