NJCAA honors 2013 Service and Recognition award winners
April 10, 2013
The NJCAA national office announced its 2013 service and recognition award winners last week at the 2013 NJCAA Annual Meeting in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Each year, the NJCAA recognizes individuals from its member institutions that have excelled on the playing field or have exemplified the organization’s principles of leadership, achievement and service.
THE MERIT AWARD
Awarded to former junior college student-athletes who have distinguished themselves nationally for their achievements in a variety of appropriate fields.
Northeastern Junior College, Colo.
Throughout his career, Wellington Webb has embodied the true definition of what it means to be a NJCAA student-athlete. Earning all-conference honors in basketball at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo. Webb went on to earn his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the University of Northern Colorado, formerly Colorado State College.
Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1972, Webb began a political career that would span over three decades. In 1991, Webb’s door-to-door “Sneaker Campaign” paid off when he was elected the first African-American Mayor of Denver.
Serving until 2003, Webb decreased Denver’s crime rate a record 40 percent and pushed the city’s unemployment below two percent. During his three terms as Mayor, the city of Denver completed several public works projects which included: Denver International Airport, expansion of the Denver Art Museum and the construction of Coors Field, the Pepsi Center and Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
THE GEORGE E. KILLIAN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Awarded to individuals dedicated to the NJCAA’s ideals of volunteerism, achievement, service, leadership and excellence. It is awarded annually by the NJCAA Executive Director and the national office staff.
First Vice President of Women
Norma Dycus has been a valued member of the NJCAA since 1987 when she was elected assistant women’s director of Region 12 in her 11th year as an administrator at Sinclair Community College (Ohio). Dycus became the region’s women’s director in 1991 and has played a vital role in the organization’s development over the past quarter of a century.
Since joining the NJCAA ranks, Dycus has chaired the executive, women’s soccer and DII women’s basketball committees. Currently, Dycus is a member of the women’s golf, finance and districting committees. Dycus was elected secretary treasurer for women in 2006 and first vice president for women in 2008.
Dycus began her career in sports administration at her alma mater, MacMurray College, following her graduation in 1972. For four years, Dycus was the Highlanders’ coordinator of athletics for women and coached basketball, volleyball, tennis, softball and field hockey. In 1976, Dycus became the head coach of volleyball and softball at Sinclair and was named assistant athletic director one year later. Dycus was promoted to athletic director in 2000.
Illinois Central College
John Erwin has played a pivotal role in the development of two-year collegiate athletics and education for over two decades. President of Illinois Central College since 2001, Erwin has been an active participant in the NJCAA as a presidential representative and a member of the eligibility and executive committees.
Prior to his arrival in East Peoria, Erwin held several academic positions at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Ohio), the Iowa Valley Community College district, Marshalltown Community College (Iowa), Illinois Valley Community College and Olney Central College (Ill.) From 1985-87, Erwin was a men’s basketball coach at Olney Central.
A true scholar, Erwin holds three post-graduate degrees that include: a master’s in divinity from Methodist Theological School, a master’s in United States history from Indiana University and a doctorate in United State history and American studies from Indiana. Erwin earned his bachelor’s degree in 1977 from the University of Indianapolis where he was given the Distinguished Alumni award in 2011.
THE SERVICE AWARD
Awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to junior college athletics on a national level for an extended period of time.
Hutchinson Community College, Kan.
Randy Stange has been one of the NJCAA’s most valued administrators since being named athletic director of Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) in 1997. Under his direction, the Blue Dragons have compiled 18 Region 6 titles and won the Division II women’s cross country national championship in 2001. Behind Stange’s leadership, the city of Hutchinson approved renovations to Gowans stadium in 2004 and secured the NJCAAA National Outdoor Track and Field National Championships for 2009-13 and 2015.
In 2008, Stange was elected the Region 6 men’s director after serving as the assistant men’s director for the previous two years. That same year, Stange was named chairman of the NJCAA Division I men’s basketball committee and a member of the track and field committee.
Stange arrived in Hutchinson in 1994 when he was hired as the Blue Dragon’s head coach of men’s basketball. Stange led Hutchinson to the national tournament in 1997 and resigned following the season to take over as athletic director.
Previously, Stange served as an assistant coach under legendary head coach Charlie Spoonhour at Missouri State University, formerly Southwest Missouri State. Stange graduated from Missouri State in 1986 where he played two seasons of basketball following two seasons as a player at Hutchinson. Stange earned a spot on the 1983-84 Mid-Continent Conference all-newcomer team and set a single-season school record for highest free throw accuracy.
Stange was married to his wife Suzanne in 1989 and is the father of five daughters – Elizabeth, Kathie, Christine, Lydia and Sarah – and one son, Charles.
Raritan Valley Community College, N.J.
Augustine “Augie” Eosso, Jr. was a valued member of the NJCAA membership for over four decades. Eosso served as athletic director at Raritan Valley Community College (N.J.) for 32 years and coached the men’s golf program for 42 seasons.
Under Eosso’s guidance, the Golden Lions had four undefeated seasons and placed at six NJCAA national championships. Eosso earned conference Coach of the Year honors six times and was inducted into the NJCAA Golf Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2011, Eosso earned his 750th career victory.
Eosso began his career at Raritan Valley when the school opened in 1968 as a P.E. instructor and basketball coach. A member of the Health Science Education Department, Eosso played an integral role the development of their fitness specialist certification program and later started the golf management program. In 2010, Raritan Valley presented him with their Lifetime Achievement award.
Outside of North Branch, Eosso dedicated his time to the NJCAA on both the regional and national levels. For 25 years, Eosso was treasurer of the Garden State Athletic Conference and served as both the men’s director and eligibility compliance officer for Region 19.
Eosso lost his battle with cancer in the summer of 2012, passing away last July. He is survived by his wife Sharon and their three children.
Scottsdale Community College, Ariz.
Art Becker’s tireless efforts and unrelenting passion for junior college athletics have set an example for athletic administrators across the nation. In 33 years at Scottsdale Community College (Ariz.), Becker has served as a teacher, department chair, head basketball coach and athletic director. Becker even returned to the sidelines recently as an assistant basketball coach.
On a national level, there are few administrators that have contributed as much to two-year athletics as Becker. A founding member of the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), Becker served as the organization’s president during the 2003-04 academic year.
In 24 years with the NJCAA, Becker served as the men’s director of Region 1, national tournament representative, officer, chaired several national committees and hosted several national tournaments. In 2004, Becker was elected NJCAA Vice President for men and was elected President one year later. After Becker served out his first term as NJCAA President, he was reelected to the position in 2008. Becker’s lasting mark on the NJCAA can be found in the organization’s Code of Conduct and Sportsmanship Policy as he led the charge on both endeavors.
Becker played basketball at Arizona State from 1962-1964 where he earned first team academic All-America honors and led his team to the NCAA’s Elite Eight during his senior season. After a successful career with the Sun Devils, Becker went on to play in the ABA for six seasons where he was a two-time All-Star. In his first season in the league, Becker led the Houston Mavericks in scoring and rebounding, averaging 18.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. In the 1970 playoffs, Becker averaged 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as his Indiana Pacers won the ABA championship.
College of Central Florida/Miami Dade College, Fla.
James Harvey has been a pillar of two-year collegiate sports and education in the state of Florida for over 30 years. Harvey recently retired as the Executive Vice President and Interim President of the College of Central Florida.
Before his arrival in Ocala, Harvey was the athletic director and interim President at Miami Dade College. During his tenure, Miami Dade won national championships in baseball, soccer and volleyball. Harvey served as the men’s director of Region 8 and was tournament director for 14 NJCAA volleyball championships, two men’s soccer championships and two swimming and diving championships.
Harvey was a founding member of NATYCAA and served as the organization’s vice president and president-elect in 1996-97. For many years, Harvey served as the organization’s representative to the National Association for Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) where he served on the executive committee for four years. Harvey was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame in 2000.
At the local level, Harvey has long been revered for his service to the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA). Harvey served two stints as the organization’s president and was honored with their Distinguished Service award. In 2012, Harvey’s contributions to two-year colleges in the Sunshine State landed him in the FCSAA Hall of Fame.
NJCAA SERVICE MEDALLIONS
Awarded to individuals who have served for 10, 15 or 20 years as an assistant region director, region director or presidential representative.
Scott Barlow (Lakeland Community College, Ohio)
Region 12 Women’s Director (2006-Present)
Region 12 Women’s Assistant Director (2003-06)
Ron Case (Gloucester County College, N.J.)
Region 19 Women’s Director (2003-Present)
Steve Clements (Tyler Junior College, Texas)
Men’s Soccer Coaches Association President (2003-Present)
Buster Gillis (Bismarck State College, N.D.)
Region 13 Men’s Director (2010-Present)
Region 13 Men’s Assistant Director (2003-10)
Mel Millerbernd (Rainy River Community College, Minn.)
Region 13 Women’s Assistant Director (2003-Present)
Jean Musgjerd (Rochester Community & Technical College, Minn.)
Region 13 Women’s Director (2003-Present)
Lorna Brizzie (NJCAA National Office)
NJCAA Bookkeeper (1998-Present)
Dale Vos (St. Clair County Community College, Mich.)
Region 12 Men’s Director (2000-Present)
Region 12 Men’s Assistant Director (1998-00)
Norma Carr (Salt Lake Community College, Utah)
Region 18 Women’s Director (1995-Present)
Region 18 Women’s Assistant Director (1993-95)
John Jackson (Dean College, Mass.)
Region 21 Men’s Director (2001-Present)
Region 21 Women’s Director (1994-01)
Region 21 Women’s Assistant Director (1993-94)
Norma Dycus (Sinclair Community College, Ohio)
NJCAA First Vice President for Women (2008-Present)
NJCAA Secretary Treasurer for Women (2006-08)
Region 12 Women’s Director (1991-06)
Region 12 Women’s Assistant Director (1987-91)
Berdy Kuiken (South Suburban College, Ill.)
Region 12 Women’s Director (1988-Present)
About the NJCAA
Since 1938 the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has been the governing body of two-year college athletics, offering athletic and academic opportunities to college students. Now entering its 75th anniversary, the NJCAA is the second largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 43 states. Each year over 60,000 student-athletes compete in one of 28 different sports and the organization sponsors 48 national championship events and nine football bowl games. NJCAA Headquarters has been located in Colorado Springs, Colo., since 1985. For more information visit www.njcaa.org.