Kearney to receive 2012 Pioneer Award
June 25, 2012
DALLAS, Texas -- Texas Women's Track & Field head coach Beverly Kearney will be honored on Wednesday, June 27, with the 2012 Pioneer Award at the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame Reception. The award honors minority "firsts" in athletic administration. The ceremony will take place in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
Kearney, one of 13 recipients of the 2012 award, will be recognized as the first African-American coach, female or male, to win a Division I Track and Field National Title. She has achieved the feat six times as head coach at Texas and seven times overall in her coaching career.
Kearney is one of two women who will receive the award this year, the other being Dr. Evie Dennis. Dennis will be honored as the first African-American female to be the Second Vice President of AAU and the first African-American female to be Chef de Mission for the USOC for two Pan American Games and the 1988 Olympic Team.
Additional Pioneer Award honorees include James Cash, Carlton Cooper, Rudy Davalos, Herman Frazier, Dennie Hoggard, Wallace Triplett, Jerry LeVias, Linwood Sexton, John Thompson, Rick Villarreal and Alfred White.
Presentation of the Pioneer Awards will follow recognition of the 2012 Hall of Fame recipients, including Bob Williams, NCAA Vice President of Communications; Terdema Ussery, President and CEO of the Dallas Mavericks; Clarence "Big House" Gaines, Former Athletics Director and Head Basketball Coach at Winston-Salem State University; Lee McElroy, Director of Athletics at Albany and former NACDA President; Calvin Hill, consultant for the Dallas Cowboys; Wes Barnett, Sport Performance Team Leader at the USOC; and Ruben Amaro Jr., Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies.
The ceremony is hosted by the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics in conjunction with the annual NACDA Convention.